In June, scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced work to make robots more agile and maneuverable by studying the way cockroaches seemingly disappear.
Two years ago, MIT researchers announced that they used nanotechnology to develop a robot that could autonomously navigate across the surface of the ocean to clean up an oil spill. Scientists said they envision using a fleet of the machines, which they called a Seaswarm, to clean up oil spills more efficiently and cheaply.
Before that, a group of scientists in Norway reported that they were building snake-like robots that could be used to inspect and clean industrial pipe systems that are typically narrow and inaccessible to humans. The intelligent robots have multiple joints to enable them to twist vertically and climb up through pipe systems to locate leaks in water systems, inspect oil and gas pipelines and clean ventilation systems..
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