When snakes behave like light waves

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When snakes behave like light waves

Snakes slithering across the desert sand at night can encounter obstacles such as plants or twigs that alter the direction of their travel. While studying that motion to learn how limbless animals control their bodies in such environments, Georgia Tech researchers discovered that snakes colliding with an obstacle behave much like light waves encountering an optical diffraction grating. What they learned could improve the control systems of future snake-like robots.

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Research, Biotechnology, Health, Bioengineering, Genetics, Life Sciences and Biology, Physics and Physical Sciences, Robotics
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Snake, waves, light waves, diffraction, obstacles, robotic motion, passive dynamics, Dan Goldman
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  • Created By: John Toon
  • Created On: Feb 25, 2019 - 2:39pm
  • Last Updated: Feb 25, 2019 - 2:39pm