Tree on a chip could lead to sugar-powered robots

If you're a regular reader of New Atlas, then you know that scientists enjoy putting things on chips. We've reported on a lung on a chip, a placenta on a chip, a kidney on a chip, and a heart on a chip and that was in 2016 alone. Now, a team of MIT researchers has gone outside the human body in its chip enthusiasm and put an entire tree on a chip, sort of. The development could lead to improved hydraulics in tiny robots and maybe even allow them to be powered by simple sugar cubes... Continue Reading Tree on a chip could lead to sugar-powered robots Category: Science Tags: MIT Robotics Related Articles: Chemically-powered, autonomous Octopus could spawn a new generation of soft robots Bridging the gap between science and fiction: The year in robots Spring-heeled hopper performs robotic parkour Panasonic robots take temp jobs at airpo

Tree on a chip could lead to sugar-powered robots

If you're a regular reader of New Atlas, then you know that scientists enjoy putting things on chips. We've reported on a lung on a chip, a placenta on a chip, a kidney on a chip, and ...

Mon 20 Mar 17 from Gizmag

Engineers design 'tree-on-a-chip': Microfluidic device generates passive hydraulic power

Trees and other plants, from towering redwoods to diminutive daisies, are nature's hydraulic pumps. They are constantly pulling water up from their roots to the topmost leaves, and pumping sugars ...

Mon 20 Mar 17 from Phys.org

Tree-on-a-chip mimics passive pumping mechanism found in plants and trees

MIT found an elegant solution to a complex problem.

Wed 22 Mar 17 from ZME Science

Engineers Design 'Tree-on-a-Chip'

Mon 20 Mar 17 from Laboratory Equipment

'Tree-on-a-chip' passively pumps water for days

MIT engineers have created a 'tree-on-a-chip' -- a microfluidic pump inspired by the way trees and plants circulate nutrients. The chip pumps water for days, at constant rates that could power ...

Mon 20 Mar 17 from Eurekalert

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