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One could argue that nature is the world’s best designer; biomimicry is a design approach which draws on biological processes and natural entities to create products, structures, and systems. Today’s episode discusses how insect anatomy and the natural world influences and inspires Sarah Bergbreiter’s work on small robots. As she creates robots just a few millimeters long, Bergbreiter utilizes nature as her bioinspiration.

In this episode, Bergbreiter discusses her research on small robots, as well as sensors and actuators which improve capabilities of larger robots. She discusses the physics and chemistry required to optimize these small robots, as well as potential applications of this technology. This technology, she discusses, could be used in many fields, from medicine to ecology.

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