Robojellies and 20 million trees

a Box Jellyfish

Good Morning, God!

Well, I actually thought THIS WAS a photo of the robojellyfish that scientists have been working on. Not so! It is a box jellyfish.

The photo appeared in an article in Space Daily about how engineers at Virginia Tech have “developed a robot that mimics the graceful motions of jellyfish so precisely that is has been named Robojelly.”

the REAL robojellyfish

I must say, God, that was misleading journalism! They should at least have had a photo of the moon jellyfish which the robojellyfish is  modeled after.

Anyway, this creature is being funded by the Office of Naval Research to conduct underwater surveillance, detect chemical spills, monitor ships and submarines and observe migration of schools of fish. I would think all of that could be done without hiding the electronics in a fake jellyfish, God.

Mind you, I enjoyed learning how the scientists are using shape memory alloy (SMA) actuators to swim. Shape memory? Still, I am finding my initial delight in such a curious project dimming, God.

I am thinking of other larger problems — like how to create jobs that help our fellow human beings help themselves — and others. With all the work that needs to be done in the World, you would think we could do a better job of figuring this out!

It was Wangari Muta Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, who came up with the idea of enlisting women in Kenya to plant trees. I think they were paid a dime a tree. And in spite of their not being “professional foresters” (men actually objected to that), the women have planted 20 million trees. Reforestation benefits everyone!

Hmmm. Maybe, God, we should get more women working on how to allocate government funds?

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