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Shape-shifting worm blobs could inspire future robot swarms

Blackworms, or Lumbriculus variegatus, are distant relatives of earthworms. They live, as individuals usually, in shallow marshes, ponds and swamps in Europe and North America, where they feed on microorganisms and debris. To protect themselves from drought, blackworms can come together as entangled, shape-shifting “blobs” composed of a few to hundreds of individuals. Just like swarms of bees, rafts of fire ...

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