Friday, July 23, 2010

How Did the Caterpillar Cross the Road?

Have you ever thought about how a caterpillar moves? A science student Tufts University is study asking that question. For him and others, it may help answer bigger questions about movement and robotics.

As NPR explains, one type of caterpillar thrusts its gut with movement forward. That means, the caterpillar "leads with its gut." According to the research student, this movement is "an entirely new mode of animal locomotion. He hopes this might lead to big discoveries in the worlds of robotics and medicine.

You can both listen to a radio broadcast on the caterpillar movement or watch a video at NPR's website.

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