Tiny flying robot soars like a ... jellyfish?

November 24, 2013 7:34 PM

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Tiny flying robot soars like a ... jellyfish?

For centuries, humans looking to tame the skies have tried to mimic the movements of birds and insects. But engineers building flying machines have now found an unlikely muse: the ocean-dwelling jellyfish.

A tiny flying robot built at a lab in New York University mimics the gently puffing movements of the efficient swimmer's gelatinous bulb — not to paddle through water, but to stay aloft in air.

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