Microbots

Microbots Could Play Key Role in Cleaning Up Our Water Systems

Date of Release: 
Apr 18 2016

What if we could not only clean up the heavy metals in our water systems, but also recycle those metals and reuse them?

A new study from the Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia in Spain suggests that, soon, we might be doing just that.

Scientists have developed microbots with the ability to clean up 95 percent of heavy metal waste from water systems within an hour.

Microbots, essentially tiny robots, are designed for specific purposes. Most — like the ones in this study — are smaller in diameter than a strand of human hair.

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