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Plant-inspired soft robot grows to reach difficult places

It can expand 25,000 times its original size and lift 150 pounds.
Soft plant-inspired robot navigates a maze

Soft plant-inspired robot navigates a maze

Like a plant seeking sun, the soft robot can detect light and then adjust how to grow to get closer and closer to the light.

L.H. Blumenschein

Robots often imitate life. We are used to bots mimicking humans, and animals, but there is plenty of life beyond the constraints of legged bodies that can inspire useful machines. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Stanford University have made a machine with

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