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  • Click beetle-inspired robots jump using elastic energy

    Graphic of click beetle and coiled actuators

    Mechanical science and engineering professor Sameh Tawfick led a new study introducing click beetle-sized robots small enough to fit into tight spaces, powerful enough to maneuver over obstacles and fast enough to match an insect’s rapid escape time.

    Graphic by Michael Vincent


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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Sameh Tawfick, call 244-6303; email

    The paper “Insect-scale jumping robots enabled by a dynamic buckling cascade” is available online.

    DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2210651120