Scientists at University of California, Berkeley, have presented a prototype for extremely sensitive electronic whiskers that mimic the complex functions of cat’s whiskers.
Here is one for the niche of poppy-science-synthetic-biology-candy lovers.
For the Aussie pop band Architecture In Helsinki artists Lucy McRae and Rachel Wingfield made a edible DIY bio fab–lab called the Biological Bakery. Using familiar baking processes that merge the mass production of food with the representation of the body, a production line of miniaturized band members are transformed into edible, cloned body parts that are dipped and rotated on mass in huge vats of bacterial skin. Now try this at home folks!
During his Bachelor in Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Dutch designer Jeroen Van Der Meij created Breathing Lights. Inspired by the elegant fluctuation of spider webs in the breeze, these light objects make movements that evoke associations with breathing. The dynamic installation creates a naturally calming atmosphere; it is quite interesting to see how an artificial setting can become so delicate. Are you able to look closer and find the beauty in plastic bags blowing by the wind?
After the Modernistic Watermelon and the Cubic Fruit, Japanese farmers have designed the pentagon-shaped orange. These citrus fruits called Gokaku no Iyokan, which means “sweet smell of success in exams”, were given as a good luck charm for students in the upcoming entrance exam season in Yawatahama, Ehime.
Flat sided fruits seem to have some positive aspects: they are easier to put into a box or in the refrigerator than round fruits, and their peculiarity could encourage people to eat them, arousing curiosity. We guess in the near future more fruit varieties will develop angles!
Source: Daily Mail
Australia-based photographer Kim Preston draws the attention on plastic pollution of marine ecosystems. With a series of brilliant pictures, titled Plastic Pacific, she explores the devastating impact of plastics accumulation in the oceans by transforming everyday household objects into sea creatures.
What can we expect in 1.000, 10.000, a million, and even 10 quintillion years?
BBC Future tries to answer this question by peeking into Earth’s future and predicting some changes that might affect the world.
Chemistry teacher James Kennedy sat down to show us that if we speak in terms of good and evil, Mother Nature’s products are far sneakier and complex than the lab’s. He virtually listed all the ingredients of non-GM fruits (excluding pesticides, fertilizers, insecticides or other contaminants), to reveal 13 E-numbers “naturally” packed in your morning blueberries, together with flavorings and fresh air.
Google has developed a prototype for a hi-tech smart contact lens able to measure blood glucose levels in tears. Like the Glowing Glucose and the Nano Tattoo, this lens is designed to change the lives of millions of people living with diabetes.
Peculiar image of the week. Via Transcendent Man.
Forget passing around those black and white low definition ultrasounds of your unborn baby at dinner parties. You can now pass around a physical model of your child.
Imagine the excitement of holding your baby in your hands before he or she is born! Thanks to 3D Babies and a mere $600,- you can now experience that excitement. Or disgust, depending on the fact if you like 3D printed unborn children. Perhaps the next step will be ordering an animatronic baby which moves like your unborn child, in real time?
There seems to be a high demand for the ability to self-diagnose. Consider Scanadu, a company developing a medical device for self-diagnosis, has become the highest funded project in the history of Indiegogo, the crowd funding website similar to Kickstarter. The desire of the average consumer to have more control when diagnosing and checking their health, as well as removing the doctor as an intermediary, has lead to the company amassing more than $1,378,545 for its Indiegogo campaign, aimed at developing the Scanadu scanner.