An Eel-Inspired Robot Is Scientists’ Newest Pollution-Sniffer

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Atlas Obscura

September 27, 2017

IF YOU’RE STANDING ON THE shores of Lake Geneva and spot something strange swimming through the water, it’s probably not Nessie’s cousin. If it’s swishing back and forth and has a funny yellow antenna, it’s probably Envirobot. Modeled after lamprey eels, Envirobot is a long, sensor-laden robot capable of swimming along the surface to collect samples and data for environmental scientists.

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Image: Alain Herzong/EPFL

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