Scientists Create the Next Generation of Living Robots


Xenobots exhibit cooperative swarm activity, in this case working together to gather piles of tiny particles. Credit: Doug Blackiston, Tufts University

Artificial living organisms can move material in swarms and record information.

Last year, a team of biologists and computer scientists from Tufts University and the University of Vermont (UVM) created novel, tiny self-healing biological machines from frog cells called “Xenobots” that could move around, push a payload, and even exhibit collective behavior in the presence of a swarm of other Xenobots.

Get ready for Xenobots 2.0.

The same team has now created life forms that self-assemble a body from

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Students create resource to help teachers incorporate new technology instruction standards

As a teacher, Erika Murray knew how hard it was working in a classroom. As a student, she’s doing something about it.

“Teachers need help,” Murray said. “Teaching is extremely rewarding, but it is also exhausting.”

Murray, who taught for seven years in kindergarten, and first- and fifth-grade classrooms, is now a student in the School of Education’s Master of Educational Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship program. She’s part of a four-student team of Khayrallah Fellows that is working to help educators incorporate technology instruction standards into their teaching.

The help is needed after the state of North Carolina in 2019

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The Pandemic Didn’t Create Inequality. It Revealed How Broken Public Education Is

One of the biggest impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been on parents. In many states, the pandemic resulted in the immediate cancellation of in-person schooling and a pivot to virtual classes, which meant that this time last year, parents were in triage mode, navigating video conferences, Chromebook firewalls, and any number of connectivity issues.

It’s well established by now that the challenges posed by the pandemic disproportionately affected students in high-poverty schools, in communities where the internet can be elusive, assistance nonexistent, and even food shortages common. Parents who could not work remotely scrambled to find a place for

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How To Create Immersive Learning Experiences On Mobile Devices

The consequences of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are enormous when it comes to drastic changes in the world’s economy and how educational institutions work. Since March 2020, many primary schools, high schools, and colleges have transferred their classes to an online setting.

Although this has certain advantages, including keeping the recommended social distance, the biggest challenge is to keep the students entertained. This is where immersive learning comes into play, especially on smartphones, because they are cost-efficient and commonly used to track online classrooms.

The Potential Of Immersive Learning Tech

No one can deny the enormous potential of immersive learning

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