EATRWhen news broke earlier this week that the military was developing an Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) that “can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment (and other organically-based energy sources),” it immediately conjured grisly thoughts about what exactly fueled this robotic vulture.

Fox News surmised that the biomass might include the ample supply of dead bodies that litter the battlefield.

Needless to say, when it comes to bad press desecration of the dead is about as bad as it gets. Consequently Robotic Technology Inc. (RTI) issued a new press release Thursday explaining that “Despite the far-reaching reports that this includes ‘human bodies’, the public can be assured that the engine Cyclone (Cyclone Power Technologies Inc.) has developed to power the EATR runs on fuel no scarier than twigs, grass clippings and wood chips-small, plant-based items” and perhaps the occasional tree-hugger but not to worry they grow back.