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Google has a shark problem

Google has a shark problem
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Discovery's Shark Week may be over for now, but tell that to the sharks. In addition to taking a bite out of your cable programming, these apex predators have been taking a bite out of your Internet. Literally.

Remember when I told you about the thousands of miles of undersea cables that connect the continents and their Internet connections? Well, these cables often need repair because of normal wear and tear like scraping against rough rocks.

But these cables also need constant repair because sharks routinely chomp on the cables. Before, there was only evidence of these attempted snackings because teeth were found embedded in the cables when they were hauled up for maintenance.

Now, we have the privilege of seeing these incredible hunters in action.

Some scientists think that sharks attack the cables because the electrical impulses give off the same signals as a wounded fish. Other researchers think that the sharks are merely curious.

Whatever the reason sharks are taking an interest in the Internet, Google is trying to put a stop to it. The Internet and data giant has manufactured Kevlar-like protection for the undersea cables to keep them safe from would-be snackers.

Google holds a patent on specially-designed "polyethylene protective yarn" that is combined with a steel wire armor to create a casing that is more shark-proof and protect your Internet from undersea noms.

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