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March 29, 2012

The Snails of War

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By JAMES GORMAN, New York Times

The electric snail is here. There’s an electric cockroach too. A snail with implanted biocatalytic electrodes connected with crocodile clips to the external circuitry. Both are early experimental forays in a new line of research aimed at creating tiny, self-powered animal/machine hybrids as an alternative to tiny robots. Instead of starting from scratch and having to solve all those pesky movement problems that plague roboticists, some researchers have asked, why not start out with living creatures that already know how to walk and fly?

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