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The Amorphous Menace Creeps Forward

Cosmic VarianceBy Sean CarrollNovember 29, 2011 7:01 PM


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We here at Cosmic Variance have long been warning of the coming robot menace. Not only are they gaining consciousness, they keep developing new and creepy ways to move. Along those lines, here's a new robot from Harvard that looks like an innocent piece of plastic, but is actually a silent ninja with a variety of interesting gaits. (Via Mariette DiChristina's Twitter.) [embed][/embed] Researchers at George Whiteside's lab explain that the idea came from observing squid and worms. Well, that's comforting.

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