Editor’s note: This story was updated Nov. 9, 2022.  Springtails look chaotic to the untrained eye. Whether on a balmy pond or melting snow, the miniscule creatures are, true to their name, constantly springing up from the surface in a cloud of microscopic mayhem. Despite appearances, a study led by Victor Ortega Jiménez, assistant professor read more New study shows springtails jump, dive and land with unexpected precision — and can teach robots to do the same