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Gut Movements in Caterpillars Inspire Soft-body Robot Design

July 23, 2010

Jake Socha A Virginia Tech engineer and Tufts University biologists have shown that a caterpillar's gut slides forward in advance of the surrounding tissues, unlike any form of legged locomotion previously reported, and represents a new feature in our emerging understanding of crawling. Full Story

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