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Biologically Inspired Robots (Biomimicry)

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Scientists draw inspiration from nature to create remarkable specialized robots.

How does a mosquito fly in the rain?

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And how does this question relate to robotics? As it turns out, a raindrop has about 50 times as much mass as a mosquito and travels at up to 22 miles per hour. So in some ways a mosquito getting hit by a raindrop is analogous to a person getting hit by a pickup truck. The human would not survive, but the mosquito keeps right on flying. Studying amazing feats such a mosquito flying in rain can give teams of biologists and engineers ideas for designing specialized robots inspired by remarkable feats of biology.

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