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Meet the Robo-Penguin

Written by Conor Gearin

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    [Gentoo Penguin calls, ML 203973661]
          [Nature SFX 027 Surf Distant]

Gentoo Penguins look slightly pear-shaped on land, however as soon as they dive into the water, that form lets them attain speeds of as much as 22 miles per hour. They’re the quickest penguins on this planet. It’d be troublesome to construct a vessel extra streamlined than a penguin — so a gaggle of researchers used the fowl’s form to design a brand new undersea robotic.

    [sfx: splash, water rushing past]

Known as the Quadroin [kwa-DRO-in, rhymes with “Owen”], its 3D-printed physique is broad within the center and ends in a pointy, beak-like level. 4 propellers at its tail let it maneuver nimbly. 

The Quadroin is filled with sensors for measuring ocean situations and currents. The massive ocean currents seize most of our consideration, just like the East Australian Present seen in Discovering Nemo. 

ALT: The massive ocean currents seize most of our consideration, just like the Gulf Stream.

    [Finding Nemo clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6go9eFUIIU 0:00-0:13]

Alongside the foremost currents, although, are smaller spirals known as eddies. They’re typically short-lived, making them onerous to review. However eddies are necessary: they draw nutrient-rich water to the floor, supporting the plankton that type the bottom of the whole marine meals net.

By exploring eddies, these robo-penguins might assist uncover rather more about how they work and the way they have an effect on ocean ecosystems — and perhaps shedding mild on the processes that present meals for actual sea creatures.

[Gentoo Penguin calls, ML 203973661]

For BirdNote, I’m Michael Stein.
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Senior Producer: John Kessler
Content material Director: Allison Wilson
Producer: Mark Bramhill
Affiliate Producer: Ellen Blackstone
Managing Producer: Conor Gearin
Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Gentoo Penguin ML 203973661 recorded by L. Demongin.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
©  2022 BirdNote      February 2022     Narrator: Michael Stein

ID: robot-02-2022-02-21       robot-02 

References:  https://www.theguardian.com/surroundings/2021/aug/31/robo-penguin-self-p…
https://www.nature.com/articles/ngeo1307 
 

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