Japanese scientists

are building robots

that swim

and negotiate obstacles

in search of melted fuel rods

in the tsunami-crippled

Daiichi nuclear power plant

in Fukushima Prefecture,

but as each robot approaches

the damaged reactor core

it dies, its wiring destroyed

by radiation, so now

the challenge becomes

to build better, stronger robots

impervious to radiation.

Imagine —

an army of Japanese robots

that can swim,

that cannot be killed

by lethal radiation levels,

that could function autonomously

in a nuclear wasteland.

What could possibly go wrong?




About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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