The Post – Mischievous Octopus

An octopus has incredible flexibility in its arms and its ability to manipulate objects, even small ones, surpasses anything man has manufactured. It’s one of the reasons the octopus is of major interest in robotics research. Jointed metal arms on underwater vehicles are klunky by comparison and can’t work well in tight spaces. Something that can be thin, smooth, and able to move in all directions with a minimum of space, would be a real plus. If researchers can replicate the infinite flexibility of an octopus arm, the applications for that kind of tool are almost as infinite.

On the flip side, such abilities in this critter, can sometimes backfire and yield unanticipated problems. Just ask the staff at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium in California.  🙂

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090227/ap_on_fe_st/odd_octopus_flood

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