Sandfish Lizard Slithers into Science Spotlight

BY News Desk  March 19, 2012 at 8:48 AM EST

A lizard may be key to finding survivors buried in rubble. The chiseled body and shovel-shaped head of the Sahara desert sandfish help the lizard slice and swim through sand. Using x-rays to track it underground, engineers are studying the lizard’s movements and building robots based on its physiology that could help search and rescue crews find survivors. Miles O’Brien reports for the National Science Foundation’s* latest Science Nation piece.

*For the record, the National Science Foundation is an underwriter for the NewsHour.