PHOTOS: Six Real-Life WALL-Es That Could Save the Earth

PHOTOS: Six Real-Life WALL-Es That Could Save the Earth
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Radioactive Possum

Like lonely WALL-E, left behind to clean up a garbage-coated Earth, the Possum is sent to scrub aging radioactive waste storage tanks where humans dare not linger.

The Possum, developed by GE Inspection Technologies, is so named because it's lowered tail-down through 12-inch (30-centimeter) access ports into the underground tanks.

The bot is remote-controlled and equipped with a camera so operators can take pictures of the tank interior and locate waste for cleanup.

Once the device is maneuvered into position, it wields its scoop to transfer the waste into a container. Inspectors can then determine what sort of material it is and how much of it remains in the tank.

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—Photographs courtesy General Electric
 
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