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The Robot ZooThe Robot Zoo

Once you try building a robot that moves and manipulates other objects, you begin to appreciate the complexity of animals. In "The Robot Zoo," manmade robotic animals show the internal workings of living animals including the giraffe, squid, and chameleon.

If you want, you can dedicate your entire career to studying the complex relationship between animal locomotion and robotics. Many scientists have.

Animal Locomotion and Movement

The Science of Motion
Some biologists specialize in the study of animal motion and "how many-legged animals move." Their research attempts to understand better the "basic principles of energetics and mechanics in animal motion" in order to "tell us secrets of nature that we cannot find out from studying one species, like humans."

Eadweard Muybridge: Motion Photography
Picture Anatomy...Set into Motion
Explore Eadweard Muybridge's life and work, including his famous motion studies.

Hydro- and Aerodynamics of Animal Swimming and Flight
See Lizard Run
Stoneflies in Flight
Fruitflies in Flight
Lobster Claw Laboratory
A biomechanic uses "comparative physiology, functional morphology, evolutionary biology, physics, biochemistry, and mechanical engineering" to understand how organisms work. For example, a biomechanic studies how animals swim, how insects fly, and how lizards run.

Robotics

Robotics: Sensing, Thinking, Acting
History, ethics, machines and man, and more!

The Robotics Video Gallery
Robots can take many shapes. The beauty in robotics, like in nature, is found when a robot's form perfectly matches its function.

Real Robots on the Web
Australian Telerobot
Telerobots are robots that can be manipulated remotely via a telecommunications connection. That is, you can make these robots move.

Dante II Walking Robot
Dante News
Meet Dante II, a very famous robot. In July, 1994, Dante explored the Mt. Spurr volcano, risking metal arms and electronic sensors to obtain prized volcanic samples.

Get a Grip on Robotics
The Tech Museum of Innovation's online exhibit will help you appreciate the present reality of robots, particularly in comparison to the fantastic images of Hollywood robots.

The Robot Menu
What's on the menu today? Only imagination limits the assortment of homemade robots that you'll find on "The Robot Menu."

Cool Robot of the Week
Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics
Robotics Resources on the Internet
Robot Information Central
NASA Space Telerobotics
Robots and The Bomb Squad
For more information about robots, browse through these resource collections.


Plan Ahead...

November's Spotlight will feature suggestions for becoming a "Scientist in The City." By understanding your environment, you become a better "scientist." Students in urban areas will be particularly interested in the investigations, although everyone should find something useful.


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