If I was a scientist, I’d hope everything I created would weird people out.

This is why I’ve got such glowing admiration for the team of researchers who have created a tiny robot spider that could one day potentially conduct operations inside humans. Bravo, team, bravo.

An issue facing medical scientists has been creating non-rigid robots small enough to work in environments that are impossible for surgeons to access. While there has been some success in this field – some have managed to make soft, centimeter-sized devices for example – overall, this goal has evaded experts.

Until now?

You’re damn right.

Researchers at – and take a deep goddamn breath here – Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Boston University, have developed a new process that allows the creation of millimeter-sized flexible robots. Published in Advanced Materials, the researchers outlined how they made a tiny device that had micrometer-scale features, meaning it could operate in small, inaccessible areas.

And when you say tiny device…

I, of course, mean a robotic soft spider modeled after the Australian peacock spider. Which, for your information, looks like this: