Aquatic microorganism could inspire soft robots able to move fast in narrow spaces

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 10:50 in Biology & Nature

Euglena cells are unicellular organisms that spend most of their time on swimming by beating their flagellum. Sometimes, Euglena performs harmoniously coordinated cell body deformation, in a behavior known as metaboly. A team of researchers shows that metaboly allows Euglena to crawl remarkably fast in narrow spaces. This feature could inspire new applications in soft robotics.

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