Monday, 16 August 2021
Good morning kwippers. We're having quite a wet summer here in the UK, and thanks to a fascinating interactive map called River Runner, you can now join a raindrop on its journey to the ocean (or any large water body). Created with watershed data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the map allows you to 'drop' a raindrop anywhere in the U.S. and follow its path. You don't just watch a blue line move around, you can basically get the raindrop's view as it flows through mountains and fields on its adventures through the watersheds. Explore and check it out here.

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Rise of weedkilling robots 

Carbon Robotics manufactures weed-killing robots that use lasers to burn up weeds and can destroy 100,000 weeds an hour. The machines have a myriad of environmental benefits - they help reduce soil disturbance, and enable farmers to reduce or even eradicate the use of herbicides. These agricultural robots can also be designed to perform tasks such as seeding, harvesting and environmental monitoring, and the global market for the robots is predicted to increase from $5.4bn in 2020 to more than $20bn by 2026. However, there are still challenges to wider-scale adoption. Many places might not have battery recharge stations available, resulting in the robots using diesel for power, which itself produces harmful emissions. The robots are also quite expensive, and these farming start-ups may need to consider service models, i.e. selling a weeding service instead of selling the robots itself.


From unwanted trash to friendly helper

A homemade robot designed by Indonesian villagers and scientists for fun has found a new use during the pandemic - spraying disinfectant and bringing food to self-isolating neighbourhood residents. Aptly named the 'Delta' robot, it is a unique assembly of household items like pots, pans and an old television monitor. The robot's head is made from a rice cooker, and is operated via a remote control with a 12 hour battery life. It is one of several robots made in the village of Tembok Gede, which is now well-known for its creative use of technology. The Delta robot isn't as sophisticated as robots deployed in hospitality or for care in places like Japan, but was created by locals and is comprised of only used materials from their own neighbourhood. It has been a friendly face during the current Covid outbreak in Indonesia, and has been delivering essentials to residents for the past few months.

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