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A Colony of Roach-like Robots! ZdS#22

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Zeste de science

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00:03:43

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2018

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The Youtube channel Zeste de science explores all aspects of scientific research, proving that even the most complicated scientific facts can be explained in less than 5 minutes, and that even the most seemingly trivial events of everyday life, if thoroughly studied, can contribute to the biggest technological advances.
Episode 22: What happens when you put several small self-propelled robots together in a corral? Physicists from Bordeaux studied roach-bots and found that above a critical number, the bots split into two groups: one that behaves like a gas and one that clusters along the boundary. When applied to a mobile corral, this phenomenon enables the bots to move the corral around obstacles.This could lead to new ways of cleaning and exploring, using robots.

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