March 9, 2007

WE ARE ALL INTELLIGENT DESIGNERS NOW:

Salamander robot's walk holds key to spinal study (Steve Connor, 09 March 2007, Independent)

Scientists have built an amphibious robot to simulate the movements of the first four-legged creature that emerged from the sea to walk on land some 400 million years ago.

The robot walks and swims like a salamander, the living amphibian that is thought to most closely resemble the first fish-like amphibians to walk on land.

Scientists built the robot to understand the principles behind the transition from swimming to walking which marked one of the most important events in the history of life on Earth.

Professor Auke Ijspeert of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne said that he and his colleagues built the robot using electrical controls that are similar to the nervous impulses controlling locomotion in the salamander.

"We used the robot to show that our model actually reflects reality."


Sublime.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2007 6:00 AM
Comments

Who knows what researchers will be able to do when they stop doing the PC thing and start using their heads.

Posted by: erp at March 9, 2007 11:32 AM

But how does it BREATHE?

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 9, 2007 12:47 PM
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