Euglena moves efficiently even in narrow spaces and this might inspire future generations of robots
The way unicellular aquatic organisms move might inspire robots ’mobility - daily science news

The unicellular aquatic organisms called Euglena move in a mysterious, yet very efficient way. A new study shows that these organisms move fast and elegant even in narrow environments.

The scientists placed Euglena cells inside progressively narrow tubes to examine their behavior. The authors showed that Euglena control their movement through peristaltic body deformations moving faster than any other crawling animal cells.

Understanding the mechanisms behind the mobility of Euglena might have surprising applications in the field of robotics. Implementing this type of movement in soft robots might enable them to move reliably in changing and complex environments.

Read the full story: Polytechnic University of Catalonia
Scientific publication: Nature Physics