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Sophisticated Robot Performs Delicate Undersea Research

An experimental robot with a gentle touch is helping scientists unlock the mysteries of delicate marine life. The machine — known as "Squishy Fingers” — can operate under intense pressure, as it descends more than 150 meters to collect samples on deep reefs. The fingers were designed to mimic the dexterity and soft touch of a diver's hand, while standard metal grippers were built for undersea construction, not for handling living sea life.  What the grippers can’t do,...

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