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This worm bot might look like the stuff of nightmares but it could one day help rescue victims of natural disasters.
The bot, pictured in July this year, was designed by University of Leeds engineering fellow Dr Jordan Boyle to demonstrate ways that robotics can learn from biology.
The way the robot moves is based on the locomotion of a real-life nematode worm that Boyle studied during his PhD research.
Possible applications for the robot include searching for survivors in collapsed buildings or navigating gaps in damaged structures to deliver aid to individuals trapped in disaster zones, according to the university.
Explore more pictures of the worm bot here - Photos: Giant robot worm to the rescue.
Photo: University of Leeds