Snake Robots Crack Mystery of How Reptiles Climb Dunes

October 9, 2014 6:03 PM

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Climbing a sand dune is no easy task, even for the most nimble of humans—yet some snakes can climb them with ease. Now, a new study of sidewinders and robotic versions of the snakes has discovered the secret to this amazing ability in the reptile‘s slither.

The finding may pave the way for better robots that can navigate rubble during urban search-and-rescue operations, as well as explore archaeological sites and other hard-to-reach places, scientists say.

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