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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Robot Submarine vs. Crown-of-thorns Starfish

Work has been done to control the population booms of crown-of-thorns starfish at the James Cook University in Queensland, Australia. The work has two major components: a toxin that is not harmful to the rest of the ecosystem and a delivery system. The poison is Thiosulfate-citrate-bile salts-sucrose agar, but it must be administered as an injection. The delivery system is an autonomous robotic submarine called COTSBot. More information is available from Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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