Rachel Neumeier

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Good heavens, really?


Scientists use stem cells from frogs to build first living robots

Be warned. If the rise of the robots comes to pass, the apocalypse may be a more squelchy affair than science fiction writers have prepared us for.

Researchers in the US have created the first living machines by assembling cells from African clawed frogs into tiny robots that move around under their own steam.

One of the most successful creations has two stumpy legs that propel it along on its “chest”. Another has a hole in the middle that researchers turned into a pouch so it could shimmy around with miniature payloads.

We really do live in a science fiction universe.

Also: ugh. I think I prefer my robots to be robots and my animals to be animals.

All those SF novels where the aliens have biology-based technology suddenly look more plausible, though.

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