Scientists developing miniature space robots to perform surgeries on astronauts
Scientists are reportedly working on developing a tiny space robot that can perform simple surgical procedures in zero gravity.
The robot is reportedly being created by scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for astronauts, in case they required to be operated on, during their time in space.
According to New Scientist, the fist-sized robot can be controlled by a surgeon on Earth, the Verge reported.
The robot could be used to do things like perforate a gastric ulcer or remove a piece of an astronaut's colon.
While the robot hasn't been used in zero gravity, researchers hope to remedy the latter over the course of the next few months by testing it in one of NASA's "vomit comets," the report added.
(Posted on 02-04-2014)