• Question: Do you clone animals and make robots.

    Asked by Nya to Alex, Ana, Clay, Keegan, Mark on 25 Apr 2016.
    • Photo: Alexander Taylor

      Alexander Taylor answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      I do neither, but those are very exciting scientific fields! Science covers a wide variety of questions and methods, from seeing how plants grow on the International Space Station, to measuring coral in the Great Barrier Reef, to measuring tiny bumps in energy at a particle accelerator. We’re all unified by the scientific method: making predictions about how the world works, and then testing if those predictions are true.

    • Photo: Keegan Cooke

      Keegan Cooke answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      I wish! That would be awesome. Like the MudWatt converts chemical energy (from decaying food in soil) into electricity, there are some folks that make robots that “feed” on sugars and nutrients, convert that chemical energy into electricity, and then move around using that electricity. Pretty crazy, right?

    • Photo: Ana Páez Garcia

      Ana Páez Garcia answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      WOW! I never thought on that. Can I clone plants and make robots? Let’s give this thought a try! Maybe they are not going to be robots as in the movies but we can do plants that are more efficient living in one particular environment, using all the resources that they find available and interacting with another species and growing bigger so we can produce more food. How does it sound?

    • Photo: Mark Ritchie

      Mark Ritchie answered on 26 Apr 2016:

      I don’t clone animals. I find observing the natural variation in animals, that is what they look like and how they behave, to be much more interesting and informative.
      Perhaps unfortunately (for my wife), I’m not good at building things, and building a robot would likely be beyond me!

    • Photo: Clay Robinson

      Clay Robinson answered on 4 May 2016:

      I don’t do either of these things, though I know animal scientists who have cloned a calf, and I like to play with robots!