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BP Underwater ROV's: Will Video Gamers Save The Day?

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Today, July 10, The Wall Street Journal reported online that BP engineers began work to "install a new, tighter fitting containment cap that could help allow the recovery of all the oil gushing from the Gulf of Mexico leak within two to three weeks".

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Recovery of all the oil gushing from the Gulf - just typing that brings me some hope of an end to this environmental nightmare. Installment of this cap at such depths in the ocean depends upon the use of underwater remote operated vehicles (ROVs).

The delicate controls of these ROVs are said to be analogous to the popular joy sticks used in video games, such as PlayStation, according to a recent NBC report. There is no doubt that video games are engaging and entertaining for both children and adults. While online activity and video games have been linked to a range of ills, from alarming rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes, to attention deficit disorder, there may well be some unintended benefits.

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Recently, I wrote an OpEd about an initiative from the Obama administration to recruit video game designers, television programmers and scientists to enhance science and mathematics education. On average, children spend more than three hours per day on "screen activities", and this is likely an underestimate if you consider texting.

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Jeffrey H. Toney is Dean of the College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences at Kean University and is a Trusted Author at OpEdNews. He received a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Virginia and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry at Northwestern (more...)
 
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