Secret Site Map
Monday, March 30, 2015

Home News Cockroaches Inspiration for Robots

Cockroaches Inspiration for Robots

Cockroaches are providing inspiration in the quest to build a robot capable of running effortlessly over rough terrain, scientists in Oregon said.

| January 4, 2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Cockroaches are providing inspiration in the quest to build a robot capable of running effortlessly over rough terrain, Oregon State University researcher John Schmitt said.

Robots can walk, but none of them can run as well as insects, and even just walking they absorb too much energy and computing power to be very useful, Schmitt wrote in a recent issue of the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics.

A cockroach only slows down 20 percent when going over blocks that are three times higher than its hips, Schmitt's studies showed.

Click here to read the entire story.

Source: UPI.com

Top news

Pair of Destructive Termites Create New Hybrid Colonies

Two of the most destructive termite species in the world -- responsible for much of the $40 billion in economic loss caused by termites annually -- are now swarming simultaneously in South Florida, creating hybrid colonies that grow quickly and have the potential to migrate to other states.

UF/IFAS Grad Student Wins Prize for Mosquito Trap Research

Casey Parker recently won the ONE WORLD competition, organized by the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Challenge 2050 Project in conjunction with the Syngenta Good Growth Plan.

NPMA Board of Directors Approves Pollinators BMPs

During its meeting in Washington, D.C., on March 14, the National Pest Management Association's (NPMA) Board of Directors approved the organization's Pollinator Best Management Practices (BMPs).

PCT Announces Commercial Pest Management Virtual Conference

Featuring a “Who’s Who” of speakers with decades of experience serving the commercial pest management segment, the April 29 virtual event is filled with information you need to know to expand your presence in this dynamic marketplace. Cost is only $99 and attendees will receive full access to all of the educational sessions and a complimentary copy of the highly-acclaimed PCT Guide to Commercial Pest Management, a $29.95 value!

EcoRaider Launches Free Trial Program

PMPs can put EcoRaider to the test in their own field applications.

x