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AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.
AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms

Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.

Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.

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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: Jetpack Jellyfish
Image of the Day: Jetpack Jellyfish
Amy Schleunes | Feb 10, 2020
Jellyfish fitted with energy efficient controllers could one day find a job on ocean explorations.
Image of the Day: Bionic Heart
Image of the Day: Bionic Heart
Amy Schleunes | Jan 30, 2020
A bioengineered heart made of pig and synthetic tissues beats like the real thing.
Algorithm Designs Robots Using Frog Cells
Algorithm Designs Robots Using Frog Cells
Emma Yasinski | Jan 13, 2020
Scientists carve the shapes from piles of frog cells, like a sculptor building a statue.
Image of the Day: Fly Reconstruction
Image of the Day: Fly Reconstruction
Emily Makowski | Sep 27, 2019
Scientists create a micro-CT scan image of Drosophila in fine detail.
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: Flying Fish Robot
Image of the Day: Flying Fish Robot
Emily Makowski | Sep 18, 2019
The developers envision their device could be used to collect water samples in hazardous environments.
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.
Self-Navigating Catheter Designed for Heart Surgery Tested in Pigs
Self-Navigating Catheter Designed for Heart Surgery Tested in Pigs
Ruth Williams | Apr 24, 2019
The robotic catheter can guide its own movements within the heart of a live mammal to the site of a leaky valve replacement.
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.
Eel-bot
Eel-bot
The Scientist Staff | Sep 26, 2018
University of California, San Diego, graduate student Caleb Christianson explains the development of his eel-inspired robot.
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.
Artificial Nerve Senses Pressure, Moves Cockroach Leg
Artificial Nerve Senses Pressure, Moves Cockroach Leg
Shawna Williams | May 31, 2018
The device could one day help enable prosthetics deliver richer touch information to users.