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2011-02-07 11:45:02

TAU uses the common cockroach to fine-tune robots of the future Ask anyone who has ever tried to squash a skittering cockroach "” they're masters of quick and precise movement. Now Tel Aviv University is using their maddening locomotive skills to improve robotic technology too. Prof. Amir Ayali of Tel Aviv University's Department of Zoology says the study of cockroaches has already inspired advanced robotics. Robots have long been based on these six-legged houseguests, whose nervous...

2010-11-29 18:25:45

In the human brain, mechanical stress "” the amount of pressure applied to a particular area "” requires a delicate balance. Just the right force keeps neurons together and functioning as a system within the body, and proper nerve function is dependent on this tension. Now researchers at Tel Aviv University say that mechanical stress plays an even more important role than medical science previously believed. Their research has the potential to tell us more than ever before about...