Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF – Friyay/Good News

Today’s good news story comes once again from the Good News Network. Here it is in its entirety.

Floating Drones Are Swallowing Tons of Plastic Waste Before it Reaches Ocean

June 24, 2022
Waste Shark

From Chennai to Trentino alto Adige to Baltimore, inventors are churning out methods of stopping plastic pollution from entering the ocean by picking it out of riverways.

They come in different shapes and sizes, and a Dutch company just added a whale-shark-inspired drone that can cobble 160 liters of waste to the mix.

Developed by RanMarine in Rotterdam, the drone project was both straightforward, but with a pretty long checklist. It had to be automated, zero emissions, easy to use, economic to deploy and maintain, and be able to clean a freshwater environment without harming it.

The result is WasteShark, which is about 4 feet long and quietly captures trash in a tray between its two pontoons. Like the whale shark that provided its inspiration, a grid stops anything sizeable from entering its mouth, until it detects trash and the grid is lowered.

Once the drone is filled, it’s steered back to the water’s edge, where the tray can be easily removed, and emptied into a larger receptacle.

Watch the video

The good news here is around the world people continue to work on keeping plastic and trash out of the ocean. Today’s JohnKu talks about problem-solving.

Perseverance by John W. Howell © 2022

Solving a problem,

Even the impossible . . .

Takes a dogged heart.

 

84 comments

  1. Genius! I love it when intelligent people come up with clever solutions to big problems. Thank you, John, and Happy 4th of July weekend to you and the Producer and the girls!

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    1. Thank you, Lori. Happy forth to you as well. 😁

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  2. This is technology at its best. Now, if only we could find a way to keep people from trashing the rivers and bayous.

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    1. You expect a lot from humans, Linda. 🤣

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      1. Actually, I do. The concept of the ‘tyranny of low expectations’ has a lot of truth to it.

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  3. A dogged heart indeed! Love the poem and the story. Thanks for sharing, John. Happy 4th July weekend 💕🙂

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    1. Thank you, Harmony. A lovely wish considering we are a pack of revolutionaries . 😊 I hope you have a peaceful weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Michael.

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      1. You are welcome, John! xx Michael

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  4. What a cool invention! Thanks for sharing some good news today, John!

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    1. I think it is a good one too. Easy to deploy and can be used everywhere.

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  5. What a fantastic idea! xx Michael

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    1. Yes it is. Thanks, Michael.

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  6. Thanks for sharing the news, John! Have a beautiful weekend! xx Michael

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    1. Wishing you a beautiful weekend as well, Michael. Thank you. 😊

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      1. Thank you, John! xx Michael

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  7. Way to go, RanMarine!!
    Thanks for the good news, John!

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    1. Thanks GP. 😊

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  8. This is great! Thanks for sharing, John. Happy Friday!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. 😊

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  9. That’s wonderful, and every little bit helps.

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    1. I think so too.

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  10. My first thought upon waking this morning was, I wonder what good news John will have for us this morning. The waste shark is good news indeed!

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    1. It is. Thank you, Liz. 😁

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  11. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Brilliant! Thank you for sharing, John. We all need a dogged heart. Happy 4th! 🎆🎇🎆

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    1. Sometimes a dogged heart is what makes the difference. Thanks, Gwen.

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  12. Great story, and wonderfully creative and committed minds at work here, John. Love the Johnku.

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    1. Yes, indeed. Thanks, Dan

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  13. That’s awesome. Though, I do wonder what we do with all this trash when we have it.

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    1. Good question.

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  14. Looks like a good invention – WasteShark! But sad that they are needed. As long as humans pollute, humans must come up with ways to counter it. Good Friday news for sure. TGIF to you!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. When we lived on the coast I was always amazed at the level of litter on the beach when everyone left.

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I love this and are glad issues are being solved!

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  16. This is amazing. How ingenious. Sad that we need things like this but it’s hard to train humans.

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    1. Humans like to throw down trash for some reason. I don’t think we’ll ever know why. Thanks, Darlene. 😊

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  17. Now that is a cool invention! I love when brilliant ideas come to fruition. I agree with Linda – wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could get humans to stop making the mess in the first place? I know, I know, I dream in Technicolor…

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    1. Ha ha ha. Happy Canada Day, Dale.

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      1. Thank you!

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  18. Great idea. Thanks for sharing, John. Happy 4th of July!

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    1. Happy 4th, Tim

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  19. I hadn’t heard this one, John, so thank you for bringing it to my attention. Isn’t it wonderful when technology and inventiveness combine for the good of so many?!

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    1. Yes it is Debbie. Thank you 😁

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  20. Anything that helps to return our waters to the life that calls it home is a great thing. This here is a keeper. Thanks for sharing Boss.

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    1. Thank you, Marc.

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  21. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    This idea makes a lot of sense, and it’s not causing more problems by adding emissions.

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    1. Yes indeed. Thanks, Pete 😁

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  22. Good news, indeed! Thanks, John.

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    1. Thank you, Staci.

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  23. Wow, that’s just brilliant!

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    1. It is Monika. Thank you.

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  24. It does take heart! And a brilliant imagination!

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  25. What a fabulous invention!! I love this good news! Happy 4th of July weekend!

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    1. Yes it is a great invention. Thanks, Jan

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  26. This is amazing technology, John. The amount of plastic in the ocean is heart-wrenching, to say the least. Thank you for uplifting spirits! 🥰

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    1. Thank you for letting me know you liked it. 😁

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  27. That makes me so happy. Trash in waterways is so sad. Thank you, John!

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    1. There may be hope after all.

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      1. Way to go, humans! 🙂

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  28. I just love these stories! Thank you, John.

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  29. Wonderful news, dear Jonh…but it is so sad that there are too many silly creatures who throw the garbage in water!

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    1. Yes they are called homo sapiens pigs.

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      1. Hmmm…homo anti-sapiens would sound more precise…))) Pigs are smarter. They don’t throw garbage in water.

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      2. Ha ha ha. I like the idea of pigs being smarter.

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  30. What an amazing contraption. I’m all for anything that helps keep the oceans cleaner.

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  31. Brilliant!
    So is your JohnKu. Brilliant with heart.

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    1. Thank you, Resa. You are the best. 😊

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