In Pictures: Beastly robotic animals

What a zoo! These mechanical creatures run, crawl, swim and fly not much unlike the real things

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Just try catching this tuna in your net

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate is funding development of an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) designed to resemble a tuna, dubbed the BIOSwimmer. The tuna has a natural body framework that solves some of the propulsion and maneuverability problems of conventional UUVs. The robo-fish could be used to inspect voids of ships, inspect harbors and carry out search missions. Boston Engineering's Advanced Systems Group is developing the BIOSwimmer for the department. "It's designed to support a variety of tactical missions and with its interchangeable sensor payloads and reconfigurable Operator Controls, can be optimized on a per-mission basis," says Mike Rufo of Boston Engineering.

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