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Wild & Weird: The Navy’s New Jellyfish Spy Drone

Posted on the 04 April 2013 by Earth First! Newswire @efjournal


by the Center or Biological Diversity

Next time your crazy uncle comes back from his seaside vacation ranting about being tracked by a six-foot jellyfish with a camera for an eye and a bundle of wires and electrodes wrapped under its bell, don’t be so quick to chalk it up to sunbaked paranoia.

A partnership between the U.S. Navy and Virginia Tech College of Engineering has, in fact, developed such a creature: a military robot jellyfish drone. So far only a prototype, this sci-fi replica of one of the earth’s oldest brainless animals has its own 600-gallon swimming pool. The Navy hopes that one day, a fleet of these cyber-gelatinoids will help keep American’s safe — at least until the enemies of freedom dispatch their own legions of pygmy seahorse attack drones.

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