Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), have successfully built and tested a “muscle-powered” microdevice that merges silicon technology with biology. The contraption was made of a silicon microdevice connected to “legs” made of bundles of rat heart cells grown on gold. The microdevice was able to “walk” because of the natural contractions of these heart cells, heralding a day when such devices walk through our cells looking for and perhaps repairing damage.
Richard Leis is a writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype and is forthcoming from The Laurel Review. A piece of flash fiction is forthcoming from Cold Creek Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published online at Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files.” Richard is also Downlink Lead for HiRISE at the University of Arizona. View all posts by Richard Leis