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What do swimmers like trout, eels and sandfish lizards have in common? According to a new study, the similar timing patterns that these animals use to contract their muscles and produce undulatory swimming motions can be explained using a simple model.
The sandfish's slithering moves are inspiring new robotic moves that could one day help search-and-rescue crews find survivors in piles of rubble left from disasters like Hurricane Katrina.
A study published in the July 17 issue of the journal Science details how sandfish -- small lizards with smooth scales -- move rapidly underground through desert sand.
Although it looks fairly unremarkable, this desert animal has a thing or two to teach materials-handling and process-technology specialists, as it spends most of its time below the surface of the sand and moves through its element extremely efficiently, and scientists hope to apply the insights they gain from nature to improve industrial technologies for the handling of granular materials.