Nanomachines could revolutionize technology and modern medicine, if only we had viable power sources to make them move where we wanted them to go. Now scientists at the University of Cambridge have built the world’s tiniest engines, powered by light, as described in a new paper in the Proceedings of the National…
Holy Fantastic Voyage, Batman. A team from Rice University has developed single-molecule nanosubmarines that could eventually be used to deliver medicines directly inside the body.
One of science fiction’s biggest unfulfilled promises are medical nanobots: tiny little machines that will run around your body, repairing what’s gone wrong. Scientists from the University of Houston are setting out to change all of that, with an incredibly clever self-assembling robotic gun that can clear blockages…
There's tiny revolution afoot in medicine, where micro- and nano-sized robots will someday cruise around inside our bodies, zeroing in on cancerous cells or repairing damaged but otherwise healthy ones. But before those ideas all become reality, those bots need a power source inside our bodies. That power source could…
Researchers want to use microscopic nanobots for drug delivery and other tasks inside the human body, but there are still places the micro machines can't get. Now, scientists have made the smallest bot yet, a magnet-guided corkscrew so tiny, it can sneak through the pores in human connective tissue.
A team of Dutch engineers just published the details of a curious new invention: tiny robotic sperm that can be controlled with a weak magnetic field. Like real sperm, these so-called MagnetoSperm flip their tails to swim towards their target. Unlike real sperm, they're made of metal-coated polymer.
The nanobots are coming, and hopefully they'll do more harm than good. but if they do decide to destroy the world, I hope it's even half as catchy.
Sometimes it's refreshing to find a song with a very candid title. Enter They Might Be Giant's "You're On Fire," which is not only a kickin' tune, but also literally about people being on fire. There you go.
Yesterday we learnt that scientists have created the first nanobot assembly line. It's "manned" by four spider-like nanocreatures made from DNA strands, with three arms and four legs. That's what you are looking at in this image.
Forget nanobots. Who needs 'em? Since apparently we can now directly control live bacteria, and make them do our bidding. I'm in awe.
Look close. You may be staring at the end of cancer. Those tiny black dots are nanobots delivering a lethal blow to a cancerous cell, effectively killing it. The first trial on humans has been a success, with no side-effects:
David Smith believes he has build the world's smallest working train, and based on the images and video I wouldn't doubt that claim. Apparently, it is 35,000 times smaller than the real deal.
Canadian researcher Sylvain Martel has developed a ultra tiny machine that can be propelled and steered through a swarm of 3,000 bacteria.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, seemingly oblivious to the fact that technology is exponentially outpacing our ability to keep up with it, have created a new breed of levitating micro-machines.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have begun work on creating tiny groups of robots that utilize electromagnetic forces to alter their shape and function. Ultimately, the team hopes to build a large number of microscopic robots that are able to metamorphose into any conceivable shape. This would be done by…
Scientists are investigating the possibility of using the "tiny assembly line that powers the whip-like tail of sperm" to send medical nanobots racing throughout the body. In order to work, these devices would have to be made from biomedical components—and at that size, "biology would provide the best functional…