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MIT boffins are pleased to annouce that they have at last perfected a long-sought-after technology - that of the robot clam. It seems that metal shellfish able to dig themselves into the seabed will make excellent anchors for somewhat larger droid submarines. Amos Winter and colleagues at MIT unveiled their mechanical bivalve …

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"lightweight"

Lightweight seems more of a drawback than feature for an underwater (or near-waterline) application?

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Quite disturbing to watch

But very effective.

Was anyone else put in mind of some scenes from the Aliens movies?

I salute our new seabed burrowing overlords.

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Shame it wont scale down

It could be a best seller, I dont know if being "air powered" would be an additional feature.

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mole-cruiser

Headline coming soon?

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Question on video

Is that a robot or a real live razor clam? The MIT website is unclear.

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@ John Smith 19

Er.. shouldn't that be Underlords?

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Mars?

Could be used in future trips to Mars to check out it's red soil. Powered by a pump to collect enough air in a tank for short periods of time ti should do quite well in digging down - better than a fixed length drill.

Alien 'cause there are little green men on Mars.

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Surely that's a live razorclam in the video

But I still want to see a Playmobil reconstruction

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But how do they pull the anchor up again?

The usual tradeoff is between 'sticking power' vs being able to actually remove the damn thing from the seabed, as everyone who ever snagged an anchor in a rock outcrop knows.

I'm very curious to know exactly how they get the damn thing out again if it digs in too far.

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Having just read

the Erotica 09 article, I was confused by the headline and wondered "whatever next?"

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