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The devices, which could one day treat children with esophageal atresia and short bowel, were recently tested in pigs.

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Image of the Day: Colorful Butterfly-Bot

By The Scientist Staff | April 5, 2018

Scientists engineered biomaterials similar to those chameleons use to change color and applied them to a robot.

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The artificially motorized cells may one day help fight cancers in the female reproductive tract.

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Robotic Birds Help Decode Avian Deception

By Shawna Williams | December 1, 2017

Magpie-larks trick rivals with solo “duets” to defend territory.

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Cargo-Sorting DNA Robots

By Ruth Williams | September 14, 2017

Autonomous molecules that collect, carry, and sort different genetic packages usher in a new era for nucleic-acid robotics. 

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image: Image of the Day: Bird, Plane, or Cyborg?

Image of the Day: Bird, Plane, or Cyborg?

By The Scientist Staff | June 6, 2017

Rather than attempting to recreate an insect's dynamic agility with robotics, scientists have created a hybrid that's part dragonfly, part robot. 

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Ghostly Experiment

By Molly Sharlach | November 10, 2014

A robot replicates the neurological phenomenon that causes people to feel like another person is nearby.

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image: Insect-Inspired Sensors Improve Tiny Robot’s Flight

Insect-Inspired Sensors Improve Tiny Robot’s Flight

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | June 18, 2014

Microroboticists have designed simple sensors based on insect light organs called ocelli to stabilize a miniature flying robot.

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Animal-tronic

By Jef Akst | October 1, 2013

Meet a few robots that pose as flesh-and-blood critters to advance science.

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image: Robot Mends Hearts in Britain

Robot Mends Hearts in Britain

By Beth Marie Mole | October 24, 2012

A remote-controlled robot helps British surgeons repair heart defects.

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