Scientists were unsure why the snail is so resilient — until they employed the help of one of the smallest computers in the world.
That same University of Michigan team later created an even smaller device that debuted in 2018. Today, it holds the title of the world’s smallest computer.
Here it is next to a grain of rice:
Researchers fitted the micro-computer to the shells of invasive snails and tracked their movements around the island.
P. hylania’s light-colored shells are able to tolerate more heat than their predators’ — protecting them from the sun and from predators who can’t stand the heat.
But if it weren’t for the mini computers, this mystery may have never been solved.
Micro-technology could help scientists dig up even more secrets about our world in the future. The computer’s creators are interested in applications ranging from cancer studies to oil reservoir monitoring.