It’s been a bad week for crabs and it’s getting worse.
After proving that they can be lethal on land, octopi are now being robotized.
Scientists at the University of Southampton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology are spotlighting the cephalopods’ ability to propel themselves through water. This unique characteristic involves taking in water and then shooting it out quickly, similar to letting air out of a balloon. When the scientists replicated the cephalopod as a robot, the “octopus” was able to reach 2.6 times the thrust of that achieved with a rigid rocket and also hit unprecedented speeds in a short period of time. Scientists are hoping that this innovative new way of traversing will be replicated in underwater vehicles and will hopefully cross over to other fields such as airplane design.
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