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Stem cells are compressed into a ball (green) by a C-shaped biobot (red).
From Code to Creature
A happenstance collaboration between biologists and roboticists led to the birth of a strange creation: living machines derived from frog stem cells.
From Code to Creature
From Code to Creature

A happenstance collaboration between biologists and roboticists led to the birth of a strange creation: living machines derived from frog stem cells.

A happenstance collaboration between biologists and roboticists led to the birth of a strange creation: living machines derived from frog stem cells.

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a skin-coated robot finger sits in a petri dish of culture media
Robot Finger’s Living Skin Stretches, Heals Like the Real Thing
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Jun 10, 2022 | 2 min read
Researchers in Japan have given a plastic robot finger a layered coating made from actual, living skin cells. Next, they aim to add hair and sweat glands.
Image of the Day: Flying Fish Robot
Emily Makowski | Sep 18, 2019 | 2 min read
The developers envision their device could be used to collect water samples in hazardous environments.
Image of the Day: Amoebot
The Scientist | Mar 2, 2017 | 1 min read
Scientists create an amoeba-inspired robotic cell, with photo-responsive DNA that allows it to move when exposed to light.
Insect-Inspired Sensors Improve Tiny Robot’s Flight
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jun 17, 2014 | 4 min read
Microroboticists have designed simple sensors based on insect light organs called ocelli to stabilize a miniature flying robot.
Animal-tronic
Jef Akst | Sep 30, 2013 | 1 min read
Meet a few robots that pose as flesh-and-blood critters to advance science.
Next Generation: Robotic Inchworm
Sabrina Richards | Nov 20, 2012 | 3 min read
Researchers use 3D printing to create miniature robots powered by rat cardiac cells that move like caterpillars.
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