Lanxon writes "A team of researchers at the Royal Veterinary College in London has built a 'cyber-cockroach' (a cockroach wearing an accelerometer in a tiny backpack) to try and better understand the movements of many-legged animals. They found that unlike bipedal creatures, animals with more than two legs don't adjust their movements when walking over a softer surface."
The academic paper is available
from the Journal of Experimental Biology
. This research will be helpful in finding better ways for multi-legged robots to navigate difficult terrain.