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Learning Principles of Underground Locomotion From Ants

May 23, 2013

Future teams of subterranean search and rescue robots may owe their success to the lowly fire ant. By studying fire ants in the laboratory using video tracking equipment and X-ray computed tomography, researchers have uncovered fundamental principles of locomotion that robot teams could one day use to travel quickly and easily through underground tunnels.

credit: Georgia Tech