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Slideshow: Robotic Snakes & Worms Get Under Your Skin

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Corona Rich
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Dated?
Corona Rich   2/8/2013 9:52:23 AM
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Yes, slinkys are still around.  The one I bought my kids years back was plastic.

MY slinky was metal, and didn't have one of those sissy clamps on each end to keep you from poking yourself.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   2/8/2013 10:36:28 AM
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Ah, I wondered about the Slinky and actually suspected it might still be out there amusing children and adults alike! So I guess I'm not so old after all. ;)

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   2/8/2013 11:45:56 AM
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Plastic?! My Slinky was metal, too, and I don't remember any clamps. We were too tough to need that stuff :)



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Ann R. Thryft   2/8/2013 1:09:12 PM
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robatnorcross, I had a similar thought, although I'm not afraid of snakes--unless they're venomous, that is. This one's "skin" pattern is camouflage, but it looks a lot like some venomous western rattlers I've seen. Even without fear of snakes, this would still give one pause if you were trapped and couldn't move.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   2/8/2013 6:16:28 PM
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I'm sure kids would prefer a metal slinky, Ann. But the lawyers woudn't.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/11/2013 8:00:32 PM
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You're right of course, Chuck. I forgot all about those darn lawyers.

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Robotic Snakes & Worms
apresher   2/12/2013 9:56:35 AM
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Now if Chuck is going to bring the lawyers into the discussion, that might kill a series of threads for comments.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/12/2013 4:56:08 PM
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Thanks, Cabe. About half the snakes in this slideshow are aimed at surgical apps the same as the one at the link you posted.



Ken E.
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Fear of snakes.
Ken E.   8/23/2013 9:55:39 AM
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My kid (thus I) had snakes as 'pets', but it never occurred to me that one might some day get the paper for me!

That said, a 'fear' of snakes is pretty strong and innate in the general population, and I admit to a few internal shudders when looking at these photos. 

Real snake locomotion is trully wondrous.  I've seen them go right up the trunk of a tree, literally 'look ma, no hands!'.  Amazing.  I truly admire anyone attempting to mimic it mechanically, they have their work cut out for them.

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Ann R. Thryft   8/26/2013 1:25:47 PM
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Ken, interesting point about fear of snakes. Actually, only some people fear them. I'm not one of them. But spiders absolutely creep me out, and not everyone has that fear either. Some people think it's like a gene allele: you either fear one or the other, but not both.

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