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Sidewinder snake helps engineers design a better robot [VIDEO]
Sidewinder snake helps engineers design a better robot [VIDEO]

If a future Mars rover plans to climb up something steep, it might have to look something like a sidewinder snake. These rattlesnakes have an unusual way of moving across sandy surfaces, and engineers have been trying to replicate it. If they succeed, they say, they could make robots capable of conducting search and rescue operations on Earth or exploring other planets in the solar system. Now, for the first time, they have created a mechanical serpent capable of crawling up dunes. A team led by researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology described their project this month in the journal Science. Snakes never let a lack of legs keep them down. These limbless reptiles can climb...

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