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Robotic Bug Gets Wings, Sheds Light on Evolution of Flight

October 17, 2011

image of DASH+Wings When University of California, Berkeley, engineers outfitted a six-legged robotic bug with wings in an effort to improve its mobility, they unexpectedly shed some light on the evolution of flight. The wings nearly doubled the running speed of the 25-gram robot, but was that good enough for takeoff? Full Story

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University of California, Berkeley

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