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Studying caterpillars to design robots

Scientists scrutinize their locomotion with an eye toward making soft-bodied mechanical beings for sophisticated tasks in tough spots

Tufts University researchers are studying tobacco hornworm caterpillars for clues about how to build robots inspired by nature. Tufts University researchers are studying tobacco hornworm caterpillars for clues about how to build robots inspired by nature. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)
By By Carolyn Y. Johnson
Globe Staff / July 26, 2010

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MEDFORD — Inspiration for a new generation of soft-bodied robots that could burrow into inaccessible spots for everything from search-and-rescue to medical applications comes from a most unlikely place: the “moth closet’’ at Tufts University. (Full article: 893 words)

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