July 4, 2022

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How a Gelatinous Worm Could Inspire Marine Robots

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If you had to spend your entire life swimming through water, never touching the ground, you’d probably get pretty dang good at swimming. This is what life is like for the gossamer worm, and why its abilities could be inspiring new marine robots.

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Sources:
https://www.si.edu/es/object/yt_1ExXDQzVmc8
https://naturalhistory.si.edu/sites/default/files/media/file/2017-arington-poster.pdf
https://naturalhistory.si.edu/sites/default/files/media/file/2016-aoki-poster.pdf

Effective and elegant: New research reveals swimming mechanics of the gossamer worm


https://academic.oup.com/icb/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/icb/icab059/6270922?redirectedFrom=fulltext
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-74745-y

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