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Crops in space require specialized ‘bees’

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silent-running-movie-poster-1972-1020209768If you’ve seen the movie ‘Silent Running’, then you’re familiar with the concept of space gardening and robotic helpers, but did you consider the need for pollinators in such a garden? Students at the University of Boulder are among five teams who’ve been tasked with finding new ways to solve the ‘bees in space’ dilemma. You see, honey bees find zero gravity unnerving. The solution? Tiny swarms of robotic pollinators that patrol the space craft’s garden.

Yes, it all sounds lovely and futuristic, but who controls the swarm? An emerging Super AI might find such robotic slaves very useful….just saying.

For more, read: NASA asks universities to build technologies to grow crops in space..


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