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Tiny robots inspired by pine cones

This schematic shows the concept behind the team's plant-inspired microrobot. Photo credit: Image courtesy of American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics)

Most efforts to develop bio-inspired robots center on mimicking the motions of animals: but plants move too — even if most of their motions are so slow they can’t be detected by the naked eye. The mechanism involved in plant movement is much simpler than that …

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