Nano-scale Cyborgs Created in Lab

Posted 17 Jan 2005 at 18:23 UTC by steve Share This

According to a BBC News article, nanotechnology researchers at the University of California's NanoSystems Institute in Los Angeles have created tiny robots powered by living muscle tissue. The scientists took heart cells from rats and combined them with tiny silicon and plastic "skeletons". The muscle cells attach to the specific points on the hardware and begin to grow and function as muscles, moving the two-footed cyborgs around. Are the tiny robots alive? Professor Carlo Montemagno, one of the researchers, says, "They're absolutely alive. I mean the cells actually grow, multiply and assemble - they form the structure themselves. So the device is alive." For more, see also an older article in New Scientist.

If I only had a brain, posted 17 Jan 2005 at 19:36 UTC by motters » (Master)

All they need now is a brain, and then off they go...

Got stimulus?, posted 17 Jan 2005 at 20:47 UTC by WhoPhlungPoo » (Journeyer)

Very interesting, however, I don't under stand what motivates the heart tissue to contract and relax. Is this something that heart muscle normally does without outside stimulus?

Have a heart!, posted 18 Jan 2005 at 12:28 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

What if these red goo nano-cyborg heart cells that are growing and assembling themselves became "The Blob!"

Brings a whole new meaning to wearing your heart on the end of your sleeve! AHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhh!

I'm envisioning Jaws type pulsing music for the movie, but with more of a "lub dub" flair.

Very scary indeed!

Red Goo, posted 18 Jan 2005 at 16:54 UTC by ROB.T. » (Master)


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