Robo-Squirrel the Target of 'Wastebook' Spending

Sen. Tom Coburn criticizes grant that helped fund a robotic squirrel at San Diego State University.
3:00 | 10/17/12

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Researchers here it STS do you -- squirrel behavior is worth studying. And here's their solution -- squirrel 325000. Dollar project funded by U. Researchers are using that -- critter to learn more about how real ones interact with rattlesnakes. Scientists say this experiment prices California ground squirrels waived their tables to stave off the snake its fiercest predator. Taxpayer watchdog doctor Tom Coburn says the real question is why we are spending 325000. Dollars on -- robotics squirrel. This little guy just made the government pork list in his waist -- 2012 report. He says we are chasing robotic squirrels and countless other low priority projects over a fiscal cliff. ST SU is defending its decision saying the parts to make -- -- only cost a few hundred dollars the rest of the grant money went directly to supporting students. The school says we have been able to support the training and education of four graduate students and thirty undergraduate students with this award. The Coburn says with the nation's one point three trillion dollar deficit. This project doesn't add up the NASA -- -- ten news.

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