Tree on a chip could lead to sugar-powered robots

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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.

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