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Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Marko Popovic's lab describe their quadruped robot "Hydro Dog" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Marko Popovic's lab describe their quadruped robot "Hydro Dog" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Marko Popovic's lab describe their quadruped robot "Hydro Dog" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
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Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Michael Gennert's lab lift the top cover from their amphibious robot "Walrus" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Michael Gennert's lab lift the top cover from their amphibious robot "Walrus" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Michael Gennert's lab lift the top cover from their amphibious robot "Walrus" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
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Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Michael Gennert's lab describe their amphibious robot "Walrus" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Michael Gennert's lab describe their amphibious robot "Walrus" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Michael Gennert's lab describe their amphibious robot "Walrus" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
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Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Michael Gennert's lab reveal the interior electronics of their amphibious robot "Walrus" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Michael Gennert's lab reveal the interior electronics of their amphibious robot "Walrus" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Michael Gennert's lab reveal the interior electronics of their amphibious robot "Walrus" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
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Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Marko Popovic's lab describe their quadruped robot "Hydro Dog" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015.   REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Marko Popovic's lab describe their quadruped robot "Hydro Dog" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Marko Popovic's lab describe their quadruped robot "Hydro Dog" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
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Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Michael Gennert's lab replace the top cover of their amphibious robot "Walrus" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Michael Gennert's lab replace the top cover of their amphibious robot "Walrus" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Michael Gennert's lab replace the top cover of their amphibious robot "Walrus" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
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Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Michael Gennert's lab describe their amphibious robot "Walrus" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Michael Gennert's lab describe their amphibious robot "Walrus" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Michael Gennert's lab describe their amphibious robot "Walrus" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
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Prof. Marko Popovic describes quadruped robot "Hydro Dog", made by undergraduate seniors in his lab at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Prof. Marko Popovic describes quadruped robot "Hydro Dog", made by undergraduate seniors in his lab at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Prof. Marko Popovic describes quadruped robot "Hydro Dog", made by undergraduate seniors in his lab at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
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Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Marko Popovic's lab describe their quadruped robot "Hydro Dog" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Marko Popovic's lab describe their quadruped robot "Hydro Dog" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Undergraduate seniors in Prof. Marko Popovic's lab describe their quadruped robot "Hydro Dog" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
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Supplies to build artificial muscle designs are seen in Prof. Marko Popovic's lab, where undergraduate seniors built a quadruped robot called "Hydro Dog" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Supplies to build artificial muscle designs are seen in Prof. Marko Popovic's lab, where undergraduate seniors built a quadruped robot called "Hydro Dog" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. ...more

Supplies to build artificial muscle designs are seen in Prof. Marko Popovic's lab, where undergraduate seniors built a quadruped robot called "Hydro Dog" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
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