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Video: Leaping squirrels could help us build more agile robots

Video by Lawrence Wang, UC Berkeley

Nate Hunt, UC Berkeley

If you’ve ever watched squirrels jump through trees, you’ll notice they’re remarkably good at not falling.

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They’re experts at making split-second decisions as they tear through canopies and grab onto man-made obstacles — a skill that recently inspired scientists to learn more about how they do it.