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Robotic Venus Flytrap Snags Prey


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Robotic Venus flytrap

The robotic Venus flytrap's trigger hairs are made from a special artificial muscle material to detect its "prey."

Credit: Mohsen Shahinpoor

Carnivorous plants have long fascinated humans with their blood-sucking capabilities. The Venus flytrap is even smart enough to pause before snapping shut, ensuring that whatever falls in isn't a fluke.

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