It will send a chill down the spine of anyone who has watched a cockroach escape into a seemingly impossibly small gap. 

Researchers have created a robot that can use its body shape to move through a densely cluttered environment.

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The team from the University of California, Berkeley based the robot on the humble cockroach and hope their design could be used to inspire future robot designs for use in monitoring the environment and search and rescue operations.

The Berkeley team, led by postdoctoral researcher Chen Li, designed the shell so it could perform a roll maneuver to slip through gaps between grass-like vertical beam obstacles without the need for additional sensors or motors.

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