The SEAHORSE AUV, developed by Penn State University, is the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command's (www.cnmoc.narg.mil) modular autonomous underwater vehicle that gathers side-scan images of the ocean bottom, ocean current data using acoustic Doppler current profilers, water-column temperature and salinity, and bathymetry. More than 9,000 alkaline D-cell batteries power the AUV to last over 90 hours and more than 300 miles. Based on commercial off-the-shelf technology to simplify maintenance at sea, the SEAHORSE works autonomously.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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