Scientists built a robot that can hear through the ear of a dead lobster

A team of scientists from Tel-Aviv University has given a robot the ability to hear sounds by using a dead lobster ear.

What? Seriously. A university press release highlighting the team’s work read the following:

Researchers from Tel Aviv University report that they have successfully connected the ear of a dead lobster to a robot that receives the electrical signals from the ear and responds accordingly. The result is extraordinary: when the researchers clap once, the lobster’s ear hears the sound and the robot moves forward; When the researchers clap twice, the robot moves backwards.