In the Union-Tribune‘s weekly Quest section, staffer Scott LaFee has a lively piece — with eye-catching illus — on robots that look sort of like sea turtles, or snakes, or pack-carrying mules, and so on. It’s a fairly light piece and oddly does not employ the mellifluous term ‘biomimetics’ usually applied to engineering inspired by natural evolution’s solutions. The Tracker likes best the DARPA-funded gadget that functions a bit like an elephant’s trunk. The space spiderbots are cool, too. Pieces like this, one surmises, are socially useful. They help to inspire youngsters (such as the fans of the new Transformers Movie) to aspire to technical careers.