HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog

Biosynthetic Micro-Robot Will Combine Cells, Electronics

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Page 1/2  >  >>
Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: BIOSYNTHETIC MICRO-ROBOT
Ann R. Thryft   10/24/2012 7:03:10 PM
NO RATINGS
bobjengr, thanks for clarifying. That makes a lot more sense. I've been a fan of the NSF, and a Science News subscriber, for about 30 years.

bobjengr
User Rank
Platinum
Re: BIOSYNTHETIC MICRO-ROBOT
bobjengr   10/24/2012 6:10:37 PM
NO RATINGS
 Ann--I really did not state my comments too well.  What I really meant to say was projects like this one  represent efforts considerably more worthwhile than ones we sometime see receiving funding; i.e. "promoting specialty shampoo for dogs", "how golfers might benefit from using their imagination", "prom week"--a game that allows taxpayers to relive their prom night, etc.  You get the picture.  Each year Tom Coburn publishes his "Wastebook" series that lists the most egregious earmarks.   Projects we can all probably live without.  The biosynthetic micro project is one example of a long-term project well worth the effort and one which will probably produce results that can actually benefit individuals.  I think NSF does a commendable job and provides significant value added to science and technology in general.  Thanks for giving me the opportunity to restate my message.  Again, great article. 

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: BIOSYNTHETIC MICRO-ROBOT
Ann R. Thryft   10/24/2012 12:00:14 PM
NO RATINGS
bobjengr, glad you enjoyed the article. This is multi-national research, not confined to the US, and the funding source is the National Science Foundation (NSF), which has a long history of science funding and support. I'm curious why you think this should be funded by the government and/or private enterprise?



bobjengr
User Rank
Platinum
BIOSYNTHETIC MICRO-ROBOT
bobjengr   10/23/2012 6:10:48 PM
NO RATINGS
  I don't want to get political but this is exactly the technology our federal government and private enterprise should be funding.  This technology has the prospect of making better the lives of individuals with disabilities and those with disabilities resulting from accidents.  The very thought of being able to communicate in this fashion must be very exciting to those researchers involved.  Excellent article Ann.   

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Biosynthetic Micro-Robot applications
Ann R. Thryft   10/23/2012 12:15:06 PM
NO RATINGS
Beth, mrdon is right: the lamprey was chosen for its swimming motions that the robot will emulate. Cell-to-cell communication is a project goal, and not particularly related to the choice of animal model.

mrdon
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Biosynthetic Micro-Robot applications
mrdon   10/23/2012 9:37:28 AM
NO RATINGS
Hi Beth, No sure about the cell to cell communication but I envision the movement of the biosynthetic micro-robot to be that of the sea lamprey which is a long side to side propulsion of travel. Just guessing!

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Biosynthetic Micro-Robot applications
Beth Stackpole   10/23/2012 7:52:09 AM
NO RATINGS
Ok. Thanks for clarifying. Either of you have any insight as to why an eel-like piranha lends itself to this kind of cell-to-cell communication?

mrdon
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Biosynthetic Micro-Robot applications
mrdon   10/23/2012 12:49:46 AM
NO RATINGS
Hi Ann, Your description of an eel like saltwater piranha is truly a good way of defining a sea lamprey.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Biosynthetic Micro-Robot applications
Ann R. Thryft   10/22/2012 3:52:16 PM
NO RATINGS
Good description, mrdon. Beth, you might think of a sea lamprey as an eel-like saltwater piranha.

mrdon
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Biosynthetic Micro-Robot applications
mrdon   10/22/2012 2:32:16 PM
NO RATINGS
Hi Beth, A sea lamprey looks an eel that attaches to fish with a suction mouth embedded with razor sharp teeth. Here's a wikipedia link with addtional information about them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_lamprey

Page 1/2  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs
From faux innovations, to fake artificial intelligence, to an Internet-ready Porta-Potty, here's a look at our favorite hoaxes throughout engineering history.
The implementation of a new diesel fuel standard in the US has considerably improved the environmental performance of diesel vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the new ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel has combined with other improved technologies to reduce diesel's particulate matter (PM) emissions by 99%.
A France-based inventor has built drones modeled after i>Star Wars spacecraft. And he's showing everyone else how to do it, too.
Nearly 30 years after its release, 'New Coke' is still a lesson in product failure for engineers.
An attack on the grid could do mammoth damage and experts say our power plants are the least equipped to withstand cyber attacks.
Design News Webinar Series
3/31/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/10/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Mar 30 - Apr3, Getting Hands-On with Cypress’ PSoC
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  67


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service