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Interesting too that traditional design so closely approximated technical findings, as in this example of a fond early memory:
http://www.letterbox.co.uk/20670-04382-LBPOCKETMONEYTOYS3-2/pocket-money-toys/up-to-3-pounds/jointed-snake

Greetings, Michael. I have been keeping up with your postings, and greatly enjoyed the set on writing a successful work of popular science.
Best wishes,
Richard

Greetings Richard - and thanks for the analogy. I hadn't even thought of the design correlation with those toy snakes - but I remember them well myself!

I thought you had another entry related to this aside from the one at your link:
http://throughthesandglass.typepad.com/through_the_sandglass/2009/06/of-reptiles-and-robots---locomotion-in-sand.html

Apparently, my memory is still intact. :)

The tight coupling between modeling and experimentation is a really fantastic situation when it comes along. I'm sure it would be difficult to accomplish in some studies, but certainly more researchers could bring these together more often. Perhaps I have always been naive, but I have always thought that this was the core of the scientific method.

Hmmm! That's a creative ideas to use robot for right purpose.

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