The tiny worm Caenorhabditis elegans has been a boon to science. Adult worms have a consistent number of cells, and we have been able to work out where each one comes from during the developmental process. They also have a consistent set of neurons, and the way that they connect to each other has been mapped out as well. So, naturally, someone reproduced those connections in a software simulation and got that running on a LEGO Mindstorm robot kit. The robot sensors were set up to correspond to certain sensory inputs on the worm. The end result is a robot that, on a coarse level, manifests some of the same responses to stimuli as the C. elegans worm. [Read more…] about Science Corner: Which bird gets the LEGO worm?