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January 20, 2011 / Martijn

Robotic ghost knifefish is ‘born’

Researchers have created a robotic fish that can move from swimming forward and backward to swimming vertically almost instantaneously by using a sophisticated, ribbon-like fin. The robot — created after observing and creating computer simulations of the black ghost knifefish of the Amazon River Basin — could pave the way for nimble robots that could perform underwater recovery operations or long-term monitoring of coral reefs.

via http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110119095045.htm

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