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Beach sweeper scoops up seaweed

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The city of Newport, R.I., has a new weapon in its campaign to rid a beautiful beach of the reddish, smelly seaweed that has chronically plagued it. And it might even turn the seaweed from a bather’s nemesis into a farmer’s friend.

The steel machine, all nine tons of it, thunders down the beach and then charges into the shallow water meeting the crimson enemy head-on. Then it turns and motors along the water’s edge, scooping algae into a 10-foot-wide opening and lifting it on board.

Click here for a full report in the Providence Journal.

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