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US Navy Plan to Replace Dolphins With Robots Faces Setbacks

US Navy Plan to Replace Dolphins With Robots Faces Setbacks | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Project Knifefish is at risk of not being ready by the new year - and may also require $751.5m more funding


The U.S. navy has used dolphins, sea lions, killer whales and even sharks to track mines since the 1950s. Knifefish, which was developed with the contractor [f500link]General Dynamics[/f500link], was supposed to provide a low-cost robotic alternative, with the mammals reassigned to port security and retrieving objects from the sea floor.

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Flipper Fail: Dolphins May be Dumber Than We Think

Flipper Fail: Dolphins May be Dumber Than We Think | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
For decades, it's been common knowledge that dolphins are among the world's smartest species. Now some researchers -- and a new book -- argue the supposed underwater geniuses aren't so special after all.
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Excerpt: "Manger described an unusually high density of so-called glial cells in the animals' brain matter. He explained that these cells act like tiny ovens to keep the brain warm. Besides, he added, dolphins have a relatively simple brain structure, and noted: "The essential features of complex neural processing of information, as observed in other mammals, are missing or poorly developed."

 
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