Sewage Sampling Robots Speed SARS-CoV-2 Detection
Sewage Sampling Robots Speed SARS-CoV-2 Detection
An automated wastewater monitoring technique could enable researchers to predict outbreaks of the virus up to a week in advance.
Sewage Sampling Robots Speed SARS-CoV-2 Detection
Sewage Sampling Robots Speed SARS-CoV-2 Detection

An automated wastewater monitoring technique could enable researchers to predict outbreaks of the virus up to a week in advance.

An automated wastewater monitoring technique could enable researchers to predict outbreaks of the virus up to a week in advance.

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Infographic: How to Ferret Out SARS-CoV-2 in Sewage
Infographic: How to Ferret Out SARS-CoV-2 in Sewage
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2021
Researchers use magnetic nanoparticles and liquid-handling robots in an effort to detect COVID-19 outbreaks early.
Microscopic Robots Deliver Drugs to the Brain
Microscopic Robots Deliver Drugs to the Brain
Asher Jones | Mar 30, 2021
Researchers turned white blood cells called neutrophils into drug-smuggling “neutrobots,” which penetrated the blood-brain barrier to treat brain cancer in mice.
Infographic: Building Bacteria to Fight Cancer
Infographic: Building Bacteria to Fight Cancer
Simone Schuerle, Tal Danino | Apr 1, 2020
Researchers are engineering microbes to deliver therapeutics specifically to tumors, maximizing the treatments’ efficacy while minimizing side effects.
Bacteria as Living Microrobots to Fight Cancer
Bacteria as Living Microrobots to Fight Cancer
Simone Schuerle, Tal Danino | Apr 1, 2020
Autonomous, living microrobots that seek and destroy cancer are not as futuristic as one might imagine, thanks to a fusion of robotics and synthetic biology.
Image of the Day: Tunabot
Image of the Day: Tunabot
Emily Makowski | Sep 25, 2019
This fish-inspired robot swims at greater speeds than previous ones.
Image of the Day: Jelly Bot
Image of the Day: Jelly Bot
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 3, 2019
See a tiny, jellyfish-like robot swim, burrow, and carry beads.
Image of the Day: Bee Bot
Image of the Day: Bee Bot
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 1, 2019
Developers made an insect-like robot with two pairs of wings.
Image of the Day: Imitation Fish
Image of the Day: Imitation Fish
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 20, 2019
Scientists create a soft-bodied robotic fish that pumps synthetic blood and swims on its own.
Robert Murphy Bets Self-Driving Instruments Will Crack Biology’s Mysteries
Robert Murphy Bets Self-Driving Instruments Will Crack Biology’s Mysteries
Shawna Williams | May 1, 2019
The Carnegie Mellon computational biologist thinks machine learning algorithms can direct high-throughput experiments to solve the field’s unanswered questions.
Fish and Bees “Talk” with Help from Robot Translators
Fish and Bees “Talk” with Help from Robot Translators
Jef Akst | Mar 20, 2019
Robots integrated into groups of zebrafish and of one-day-old honey bees allow the two species to influence each other’s behavior.
Photos of the Year
Photos of the Year
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 21, 2018
From 500-million-year-old fat to a newly discovered virus, here are some stunners from The Scientist in 2018.
Image of the Day: The Imitation Game
Image of the Day: The Imitation Game
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 14, 2018
A bioinspired robot helps researchers study insect flight.
Soft Robotics Find a Place in the Ocean
Soft Robotics Find a Place in the Ocean
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 1, 2018
Scientists who designed a marine robot to survey ocean life were inspired by eel larvae.
Researchers Turn to Implantable Robots to Regenerate Tissue
Researchers Turn to Implantable Robots to Regenerate Tissue
Shawna Williams | May 1, 2018
The devices, which could one day treat children with esophageal atresia and short bowel, were recently tested in pigs.
Image of the Day: Colorful Butterfly-Bot
Image of the Day: Colorful Butterfly-Bot
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Apr 5, 2018
Scientists engineered biomaterials similar to those chameleons use to change color and applied them to a robot.
Researchers Develop Sperm-Robot Hybrids to Deliver Drugs, Assist Fertilization
Researchers Develop Sperm-Robot Hybrids to Deliver Drugs, Assist Fertilization
Diana Kwon | Apr 1, 2018
The artificially motorized cells may one day help fight cancers in the female reproductive tract.
Robotic Birds Help Decode Avian Deception
Robotic Birds Help Decode Avian Deception
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2017
Magpie-larks trick rivals with solo “duets” to defend territory.
Cargo-Sorting DNA Robots
Cargo-Sorting DNA Robots
Ruth Williams | Sep 14, 2017
Autonomous molecules that collect, carry, and sort different genetic packages usher in a new era for nucleic-acid robotics. 
Image of the Day: Bird, Plane, or Cyborg?
Image of the Day: Bird, Plane, or Cyborg?
The Scientist Staff | Jun 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.