Due to their unique way of moving through the water, jellyfish are frequently used as inspiration for soft, water-based robots. Now, researchers have discovered that the flapping propulsion system of a robotic jellyfish is not only good for movement, but it can also draw small bits of debris up from the ocean floor without any contact. Such a robot could be useful for removing trash from delicate ocean environments, like coral reefs.Continue ReadingCategory: Marine, TransportTags: Ocean plastics, Ocean, Soft Robotics, Max Planck Institute, jellyfish, Biomimicry

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