How headless hydra feel, react to prodding


Even the simplest creatures seem extraordinarily complex when you look beneath the surface. Fortunately, hydra make that part easy.


Rice electrical and computer engineer Jacob Robinson and lead author and alumna Krishna Badhiwala of the university’s Brown School of Engineering are taking advantage of the animal’s transparency to do the hard part, manipulating the small, remarkably resilient creatures in just about every possible way to learn how they sense touch.


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