15 Apr '12, 12pm

Swarming Crabs Act Like Energy Efficient Computers

Swarming Crabs Act Like Energy Efficient Computers

A team of scientists from Japan and England has developed a computer made from live crabs , and though it sounds like something out of a Monty Python skit this crustaceous computing device could lead to a new generation of ultra-efficient computers. The basic concept is a form of biomimicry , as the researchers were inspired by soldier crabs, which can form into swarms to accomplish a task that none dare to accomplish individually. Crabs and computers In an article at complex-systems.com , the research team describes how they observed the swarming behavior of soldier crabs , or Mictyris guinotae, which live in colonies numbering into the hundreds of thousands: “A single crab or a small group of crabs do not usually enter the water; however, a large swarm enters the water and crosses a lagoon without hesitation. The large swarm crossing the water consists of an active front...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/04/15/swarcrabs-are-biomimi...

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