Scientists have been eyeing the Atlantic razor clam for a while now; it’s 10 times more efficient at digging than any commercial device now out on the market. The clam is so effective that researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland created a RoboClam modeled after it, presenting the device at this week’s meeting of the American Physical Society in Denver. According to the Los Angeles Times, the device causes sand to destabilize and move around, making it easier to dig through than solid sand. In the future, RoboClam could be used for digging in the ocean to lay down fiber-optic cables that transfer Internet data.
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