Cool Jobs: Moved by life

Biologically inspired robots travel — naturally

By Sharon Oosthoek, 13:39 PM June 19, 2013

A robot built to mimic the movements of a cownose ray takes a dip. Credit: Norm Shafer

This is one in a series on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics made possible by support from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

When Dan Goldman was 12, lizards were pretty much the center of his universe. He was fascinated by how they looked, how they behaved — and especially how they moved.

Now a physicist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Goldman still loves lizards, which explains his latest work. He is studying the locomotion, or movement, of t...

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