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A Seahorse Tail Could Inspire Better Robots, Surgical Tools

by Michael Keller

An advance in understanding why the seahorse’s tail is made of square plates could inform the next generation of robotics and armor. In an engineering study that looked at the mechanics of how the fish’s tail works, researchers found the structure’s shape is optimized to resist crushing and to grasp while bending and twisting.

An international team modeled the stresses and strains of the tail bones with a computer and 3-D printed prototypes to subject them to engineering tests. They believe that the superior resistance to compression is an adaptation to protect the fragile spinal cord that runs the length of the tail.

One of their primary questions was why evolution would select for square prisms in the seahorse skeleton when other animals that do similar things with their tails have developed cylindrical ones. Learn more and see images below.

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Las aspiradoras Roomba que no pasan los tests de calidad, acaban en los bajos fondos luchando por unos pavos para comer algo.

Ganen o pierdan salen ganando, porque perder supone… 

…morder el polvo.

Aquí otro vídreo.

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Recopilación de peleas de robots masmolonas. Ah y comentar que Japón (bueno la empresa de robots gigantes japonesa), ha aceptado el reto guiri y va a haber PELEA. Y por lo visto la piloto es esta… o igual es una azafata soñar es gratis