Anchor technology hasn't changed too much since Blackbeard's heyday. They're really not much more than gigantic hunks of steel with hooks. Now, scientists are working on building a smart, robotic anchor inspired by a clam that buries itself into the seabed.
Burrowing is something that the clams figured out the best way to do long ago. The Atlantic razor clam in particular is one of the planet's best burrowers.
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"It has a digging efficiency that is more than ten times any existing technology," said Kerstin Nordstrom, a researcher at the University of Maryland.
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