A blind cave fish, that gets around underwater just fine (Photo: Frank Vassen)
(From Left) PhD student Kottapalli Ajay Giri Prakash, Assoc. Prof. Miao Jianmin, and Research Associate Mohsen Asadniaye Fard Jahromi
An array of the sensors
Ever wonder how fish can find their way around so easily in murky water? Well, most of them use something called their lateral line – a row of hair cells down either side of their body that detect changes in water pressure caused by movement, or by water flowing around objects. Now, scientists from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and MIT have copied the lateral lines of the blind cave fish, in a man-made system designed to allow autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to navigate more accurately and efficiently.
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