"MEMS" the Word in Microrobotics | The Institute for Creation Research

"MEMS" the Word in Microrobotics

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are barely visible robots. Bruce Donald, a professor of computer science and biochemistry at Duke, has been working on microrobots since 1992. His team has designed a set of MEMS that, in his words, "constitutes the first implementation of an untethered, multi-microrobotic system."1

Professor Donald has been able to manufacture these remotely-controlled, preprogrammed tiny devices only after careful study of pre-existing biochemical technology. The devices perform pre-specified motions controlled by electrochemical impulses. Science News reports that this “is akin to ways proteins in cells respond to chemical signals, said Donald, who also uses computer algorithms to study processes in biochemistry and biology.”2

This accomplishment took a team of scientists 16 years to achieve. Although MEMS serve no functional purpose yet, either singly or in sets, we presume that Professor Donald is attempting to mimic aspects of proteins, which are similar in some respects to robots. A protein can catalyze specific biochemical reactions with reliable precision. The amazingly small and ingeniously-designed MEMS basically wiggles, albeit in a programmed pattern. Also, as small as it is, a MEMS is about 10,000 times larger than a protein.

Smaller devices require greater genius, which is easily seen by comparing the prices of laptops to desktop computers. Certainly this principle applies to the original Designer of proteins, which are the ultimate in miniaturization and specificity of function. The best came first. Extant proteins may have degraded since their creation, but even in their present state of decay, the gulf between the man-made and God-made is grand indeed.


  1. Micro-robots Dance on Something Smaller Than a Pin’s Head. Science News. Posted on ScienceDaily.com June 3, 2008, accessed June 4, 2008.
  2. Ibid.

* Mr. Thomas is Science Writer.

Article posted on June 6, 2008.

The Latest
The Tail of Man’s Supposed Ancestors
Although it has been known for decades and despite insistence to the contrary from the evolutionary community, man—Homo sapiens—has never...

When Day Meets Night—A Total Success!
The skies cleared above North Texas on Monday, April 8, for a spectacular view of the 2024 Great American Solar Eclipse. Hundreds of guests joined...

The Sun and Moon—Designed for Eclipses
Before discovering thousands of planets in other solar systems, scientists tended to assume that other solar systems would be very similar to our own....

Let ICR Help You Prepare for the Great American Solar Eclipse!
On Monday, April 8th, the moon will move directly between the earth and the sun, resulting in a total solar eclipse visible in northern Mexico, much...

Total Eclipse on April 8th
“You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that...

Dismantling Evolution One Gear At A Time! | The Creation Podcast:...
The human body is a marvel of complexity and the more we learn about it, the more miraculous our existence becomes! Can evolution explain the...

April 2024 ICR Wallpaper
"He appointed the moon for seasons; The sun knows its going down." (Psalm 104:19 NKJV) ICR April 2024 wallpaper is now available...

Creation's Easter Message
While many Christians still consider the creation doctrine a fringe issue, a proper understanding of the Christian message finds creation at its core...

ICR Veteran Don Barber Retires
Don Barber   After 34 years with the Institute for Creation Research, Director of Enterprise Technology Don Barber will retire...

The Sanctity of Life | Creation.Live Podcast: Episode 23
Abortion is a big issue culturally and in the church. How can believers love our neighbors and act as the hands and feet of Christ when it comes...