Engineering students at Johns Hopkins University are studying the movements of spider crickets. By figuring out how they are able to jump so far, they may be able to use that information to design robots that can do specific tasks. For instance, one of the ways the robots would be put to use would be to search for victims of natural disasters.

 

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Tiny dancers: Can ballet bugs help us build better robots?

So what design tips did the researchers manage to glean from these spindly six-legged bugs? For one thing, the Johns Hopkins researchers were able to use high-speed video cameras to collect tantalizing clues about how these tiny wingless creatures can …and more »

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