WATCH: Robot Navigates Tight Spaces Like a Cockroach

There’s no hiding from cockroaches. In addition to their ability to survive extreme cold, lack of air and even radioactivity, they are adept shape-shifters, contorting their shelled bodies to slip through cracks and crevices one-tenth of an inch tall — about the height of two stacked pennies.

Say what you will about cockroaches, but to engineers who design robots, these deft deformers are an inspiration.

Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley’s Poly-PEDAL lab built a palm

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