Plastic-Eating Robo-Fish Designed to Rid Our Waters of Waste

A robot fish that filters microplastics has been created after winning a robotics contest at the University of Surrey, England. The 50 cm long Robo-fish can already capture particles as small as 2 mm in size. Researchers in robotics have made the "robo-fish" concept a reality, according to the University. "Water pollution, especially plastic pollution, is a huge problem. It’s not just the ocean which suffers but rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds. This makes it a problem without a one-size-fits-all solution," said Eleanor Mackintosh, a chemistry undergrad student at the University of Surrey and the contest winner. For details please see Photos and illustrations courtesy of the University of Surrey.

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