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Researchers hope to send faster-swimming bionic jellyfish to an ocean near you

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By ITN News Editor January 31, 2020 15:31

Researchers hope to send faster-swimming bionic jellyfish to an ocean near you

It may sound more like science fiction than science fact, but researchers have created bionic jellyfish by embedding microelectronics into these ubiquitous marine invertebrates with hopes to deploy them to monitor and explore the world’s oceans. A small prosthetic enabled the jellyfish to swim three times faster and more efficiently without causing any apparent stress to the animals, which have no brain, central nervous system or pain receptors.

The next steps will be to test ways to control where the jellyfish go and develop tiny sensors that could perform long-term measurements of ocean conditions such as temperature, salinity, acidity, oxygen levels, nutrients and microbial communities.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 31, 2020 15:31