New killer robot set to destroy pests on the Great Barrier Reef

THE WORLD’S FIRST robot to control marine pests has completed trials on the Great Barrier Reef, successfully hunting down and killing the coral destroying crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS). The robot known as COTSbot is the first in the world designed to eradicate the COTS responsible for around 40 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef’s total loss of coral. The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) said the trials proved the underwater robot vehicle could successfully navigate through difficult reefs, be used detect COTS with remarkable accuracy and deliver fatal doses of bile salts using its innovative injection system. “It’s always great to see a robot you built let off the leash, so to speak, doing the job it’s intended for,” said Dr Matthew Dunbabin, researcher from QUT’s Institute for Future Environments…


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