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August 26th, 2010

MIT Unveils Swimming, Oil-Cleaning Robots

Abstract:
The Seaswarm robots look like a treadmill conveyor belt that's been attached to an ice cooler. The conveyor belt piece of the system floats on the surface of the ocean. As it turns, the belt propels the robot forward and lifts oil off the water with the help of a nanomaterial that's engineered to attract oil and repel water.

Other groups are developing oil-spill cleanup technology, too.

Case Western Reserve University has developed another nanotechnology "sponge" material that could be used in response to such disasters.

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