This soft, tubelike robot moves through its environment usng an artificial tendril. Mimicking fungi and root growth in plants, engineers developed a robot that looks a little like a long newspaper bag, but can grow up to 72 meters in length. The robot “grows” by filling its thin plastic membrane with air from a pneumatic pump. Specialized control chambers are strategically place to allow the robot’ “root” to move through its environment and also give the robot the ability to also manipulate objects. So what is it good for – other than maybe fixing your plumbing? Far more important possible applications include bringing water to hazardous areas for firefighting and tunneling through the ground to aid in search and rescue operations.