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With Flippers, Two Can Equal Four

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Science  21 Jan 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5708, pp. 346-347
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5708.346b

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA-- From 4 to 8 January, agile roaches, swimming robots, and digging reptiles demonstrated the synergy between robotics and biology. Researchers trying to model how a beast that vanished millions of years ago swam through oceans have discovered that more isn't always better when it comes to flippers.