Now you can ‘build your own’ bio-bot

Public Release: 13-Feb-2017   University of Illinois College of Engineering   Caption This is a schematic of a bio-bot: Engineered skeletal muscle tissue is coupled to a 3-D printed flexible skeleton. Optical stimulation of the muscle tissue, which is genetically engineered to contract in response to blue light, makes the bio-bot walk across a surface…

Your body may soon be inhabited by swarms of microrobots

The microdoctors in our bodies Date: September 21, 2016 Source: ETH Zurich Summary: Researchers are developing tiny, sophisticated technological and biological machines enabling non-invasive, selective therapies. Their creations include genetically modified cells that can be activated via brain waves, and swarms of microrobots that facilitate highly precise application of drugs.   FULL STORY Bradley Nelson’s…

‘Radiogenetics’ seeks to remotely control cells and genes

It’s the most basic of ways to find out what something does, whether it’s an unmarked circuit breaker or an unidentified gene — flip its switch and see what happens. New remote-control technology may offer biologists a powerful way to do this with cells and genes. A team at Rockefeller University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute…

Cockroach Cyborgs Use Microphones to Detect, Trace Sounds

November 6, 2014 North Carolina State University researchers have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots, to pick up sounds with small microphones and seek out the source of the sound. The technology is designed to help emergency personnel find and rescue survivors in the aftermath of a disaster. The researchers have also developed…

Scientists wipe out malaria-carrying mosquitoes in the lab by creating male-only offspring

Scientists have modified mosquitoes to produce sperm that will only create males, pioneering a fresh approach to eradicating malaria. In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, scientists from Imperial College London have tested a new genetic method that distorts the sex ratio of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, the main transmitters of the malaria parasite,…

How to erase a memory — and restore it

  Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have erased and reactivated memories in rats, profoundly altering the animals’ reaction to past events.   The study, published in the June 1 advanced online issue of the journal Nature, is the first to show the ability to selectively remove a memory and…

The Cyborgs Era Has Started

Press Release 003/2014 Interfaces of Technical Devices with Organisms for Medical Applications – KIT Scientists Report in “Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed.” Communication between man and machine – a fascinating area at the interface of chemistry, biomedicine, and engineering. (Figure: KIT/S. Giselbrecht, R. Meyer, B. Rapp) – Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or…

New Terminator-style ‘bots can self-assemble, leap, climb and SWARM

Creepy, limbless – MIT roboticists flywheel paves way for tiny, cube-shaped overlords By    Brid-Aine Parnell,  7th October 2013 Rise of The Machines Roboticists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a range of self-assembling cube robots, which have no external moving parts. Despite their lack of limbs, the M-Blocks can climb over and around each…

Artificial intelligence ‘will take the place of humans within five years’

  Salespeople, call centre staff and customer service personnel could all be replaced by computers within the next few years, claims one technology entrepreneur. Steven Spielberg’s 2001 film Artificial Intelligence (AI) depicts a future where robots have become eerily human.   By Rebecca Burn-Callander, Enterprise Editor 4:40PM BST 29 Aug 2013 Robotics and artificial intelligence…