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Inspired by nature – made by science

Researchers are creating a robot that can scour the ocean floor and swim like an octopus. Credit: Age of Robots, M. Brega
Researchers are creating a robot that can scour the ocean floor and swim like an octopus. Credit: Age of Robots, M. Brega

This month, Horizon looks at the growing field of bio-inspired robotics to find out how nature is inspiring machine design. We investigate the surgical tools that mimic how octopus arms become flexible or stiff on demand, sensors based on the orientation ability of maggots, and marine robots inspired by lilypads, fish and mussels.