(From NanoAging). Occasionally, I like to illustrate the amazing advances in automation that drive biomedical research. It's easy to forget that the current rapid pace of research rests on decades of hard work by toolmakers. This article discusses a recent advance in screening potentially life-extending compounds on nematode worms; seemingly boring tools like this can speed up the whole drug-discovery process by a factor of a hundred or more. That end result is certainly not boring!