Scientists just released robots that look like Minions into the Pacific Ocean. The little bots are on a mission to unravel one of the great mysteries of the sea: what the hell are marine larvae up to?
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The belief is that the vessels can plot the paths of these baffling baby beings, which float like watery clouds, by duplicating their movements in undersea currents.
The bots are made of recycled bright-yellow fire extinguishers, giving them the look of the cartoon Minions from Despicable Me, but with propellers.
Scientists have been using drones for decades, but as they become more affordable and portable, they’re proving critical to studying and saving our planet.