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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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