Robotic Fish Leads School of Fish
NYU-Poly's Dynamical Systems Laboratory have discovered that fish will allow a robot the be the head of their school if the conditions are right. This fishbot uses ionic polymers to power its tail by swelling and shrinking. The team, headed by Dr. Maurizio Porfiri, claims that the technology could be used to steer schools away from hydroelectric turbines. Perhaps they could also help them avoid large oil spills.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at June 8, 2010 8:50 AM