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“Xenobot” Living Robots Can Reproduce
Biological robots made from frog cells can replicate by smooshing loose cells into new robots—a reproduction method not seen in any other organism.
“Xenobot” Living Robots Can Reproduce
“Xenobot” Living Robots Can Reproduce

Biological robots made from frog cells can replicate by smooshing loose cells into new robots—a reproduction method not seen in any other organism.

Biological robots made from frog cells can replicate by smooshing loose cells into new robots—a reproduction method not seen in any other organism.

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Image of the Day: Brain Map
Nicoletta Lanese | Sep 6, 2019
Scientists traced 1,000 neurons through the mouse brain, uncovering new details about how the organ is wired.
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Deep Learning Algorithms Identify Structures in Living Cells
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2019
Researchers are using artificial intelligence to pick out the features of brightfield microscopy images.
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Computer Program Converts Brain Signals to a Synthetic Voice
David Adam | Apr 24, 2019
A proof-of-principle study raises hopes that technology can give a voice to paralyzed people unable to speak.
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An Algorithm to Predict the Age of Your Lab Mice
Anthony King | Feb 1, 2019
Researchers develop an app that can estimate the biological age of a rodent from its mug shot—and could give a boost to the science of human aging in the process.
Image of the Day: On the Wing
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 21, 2018
 A model helps recapitulate the geometric patterning of insect wings.
Image of the Day: Spinning Webs
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 19, 2018
Scientists photograph a spider web in micron-scale glory.
Researchers React to Microsoft’s Acquisition of GitHub
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 7, 2018
Computational biologists are optimistic that the purchase of the world’s largest hub for open-source computer code will not affect the way they use GitHub for science.
Artificial Intelligence Mimics Navigation Cells in the Brain
Diana Kwon | May 10, 2018
An algorithm trained to move through a virtual environment spontaneously generated patterns of activity found in so-called grid neurons.
Image of the Day: Spammed by Hydra
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018
A junk mail filter can learn to pick out six behaviors of hydras by analyzing hours of video footage.
Scientists Continue to Use Outdated Methods
Catherine Offord | Jan 8, 2018
The use of underperforming computational tools is a major offender in science’s reproducibility crisis—and there’s growing momentum to avoid it.
Computers That Can Smell
Kerry Grens | May 1, 2017
Teams of modelers compete to develop algorithms for estimating how people will perceive a particular odor from its molecular characteristics.