By Larissa Anderson // Posted: 08/27/10 06:00 PM
It’s an MIT project called Seaswarm. Little robots drag around nano-fabric that can asborb 20 times their weight in oil. These robots dragging around the nano-fabric use wifi and GPS to communicate and position themselves without a human being directing them where to go. A prototype has been developed and was tested in Boston’s Charles River to make sure the waves wouldn’t knock the bots around too much.
Posted: 07/01/10 04:30 AM
"Crisis in the Gulf" is a video game that gives you a chance to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf. Well, clean up may be a stretch. Players torpedo and shoot canons at blobs of oil. There’s a video here. If you play it, I’d love to hear whether this makes you feel any less helpless about the big spill. /la