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Description: Scientists are tracking sharks using a robot and tag system. Once attached to a shark’s dorsal fin, a tag sends out an acoustic signal, like a “ping” from sonar. These pings then communicate the shark’s location to the stealthy underwater robot.

Source: Mashable

Date: March 6th, 2013


Humans aren’t good at following sharks. We’re noisy in the water, need to breathe air and the animals generally get disturbed when we’re around. So a group of California universities put together a project to use autonomous underwater vehicles, or AUVs, to do the job. Read Rest of Story.

Questions for discussion:

1. What else could this technology be used for?

2. Are there other technologies this project could have used to attain similar results?

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