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Thursday, September 09, 2004

Thanks for this one to http://www.livejournal.com/users/epi_lj/:
Smelly robot eats flies to generate its own power
Designed for working in high temperature, toxic environments
Updated: 1:17 p.m. ET Sept. 8, 2004

LONDON - British scientists are developing a robot that will generate its own power by eating flies.

The idea is to produce electricity by catching flies and digesting them in special fuel cells that will break down sugar in the insects' skeletons and release electrons that will drive an electric current.

"Called EcoBot II, the robot is part of a drive to make "release and forget" robots that can be sent into dangerous or inhospitable areas to carry our remote industrial or military monitoring of, say, temperature or toxic gas concentrations," New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday.
From the UK edition of Google News:
Opik warns of violence triggered by hunting ban
ic Wales - 1 hour ago
VIOLENCE and civil unrest will take hold in the countryside if the Government forces through a ban on hunting with hounds, a Welsh MP has warned.
Blair gambles on ban delay Guardian
Hain to Give Commons Date for Hunting Ban Vote The Scotsman
Telegraph.co.uk - Scotland on Sunday - ic Berkshire.co.uk - ITV.com - all 106 related »

....Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Lembit Opik, co-chairman of the Middle Way Group, warned Labour would have more to worry about than lost votes if the Hunting Bill became law.

He warned that young men would resort to violence if "the only way of life they know" is criminalised while others would risk imprisonment or heavy fines to defy the ban.

If those young men can't think of anything else to do with their time, that might help explain the falling British birthrate.

Note: Lembit Opik isn't a typical Welsh name. Turns out his parents were Estonians. (And the last name is actually Öpik.)
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