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Best Biomimicry: Rescue Spider by the Fraunhofer Institute

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Rescue Robotic Spider

credit: Fraunhofer Institute

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Biomimicry is all about looking at nature to find solutions to human problems.

In this case, the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany took inspiration from a creature that tends to cause a lot of fear in humans -- fear of spiders is one of the most common phobias -- and turned it into a robot that could potentially save many lives by accessing terrain that is beyond human reach, in order to find people in need.

You can bet that the victims of a natural catastrophe or other accident will be glad to see this spider coming!