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A phone case modeled after a giant isopod passed away earlier this year at the Toba Aquarium in Japan.
Reproducing the dead carcass of the crustacean, Japanese gave to this marine creature a second life in the form of an iPhone case. Only 500 specimens has been made, so any buyer can feel like owning something very special. As if having the realistic reproduction of an animal as phone case wasn’t special enough!
Source: Digital Trends
An abandoned shopping mall in Bangkok became a massive subterranean fish tank. After years of neglect, nature got the better of this post-apocalyptic scenario.
A parked car in Huayang village, China, was left for so long that thorny vines and ivy grew up all around it, turning it into a gigantic bush. After one year of abandonment, the old van, named ‘Zombie Car’, was towed away completely engulfed by foliage. Peculiar image of the week.
American automaker Ford announced a partnership with ketchup company Heinz to use tomato fibers to make car parts.
After several approaches to junk removal, Japanese space agency JAXA, came up with the idea of a 700 meters long magnetic net, that will be sent out with a special spacecraft. The mesh of the net is made of steel and aluminum wires that collect the junk thanks to electromagnetic force. Once the net is full of debris, it de-orbits and burns up in the atmosphere.
The genetic material of all creatures on earth is saved in the biomolecule Deoxyribonucleic Acid, the DNA. It consists of four components: the bases Adenin (A), Thymin (T), Guanin (G) and Cytosin (C). These appears as pairs in the combinations of AT and GC. Now, a team of scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in California, led by chemical biologist Floyd Romesberg, extend the alphabet with two new created ‘foreign’ building-blocks, called X and Y.
Home appliances create electromagnetic fields that seemed to be harmless. But now the University of Oldenburg in Germany found out by accident, that electrosmog can make the nocturnal European robins completely disoriented.
The idea of 3D printing living cells opens a lot of opportunities ranging from 3D printed organs to tissue on demand to skin replacement for burn victims. Here is one idea you may not have considered, however: printing tumors.
Researchers – at University of British Columbia, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University – have genetically engineered trees that will be easier to break down to produce paper and biofuel.
A project that could reduce the use of chemicals and energy and create fewer environmental pollutants in tree-processing.
Thanks to a recent discovery in nanotechnology application is it possible to turn seawater into fresh and drinkable water. This technology uses a nano-membrane of graphene to filter the salt.
In the field of transhumanism there are a lot of pioneers that want to improve their own bodies with electronic hardware to extend the human capacities – the so called grinders. We already reported about Tim Cannon, who self-implanted a small computer inside his arm and the invisible headphone implants by Rich Lee. There is also the online community Biohack.me, that discuss body-hack purposes.
Now there comes a daring group of 4 bio-hackers from various backgrounds, with a crowdfunded project: they developed a protocol to augment human sight to see into the near infrared range through human formation of porphyropsin. It is the same protein complex that grants infrared vision to freshwater fish and it can be extracted from their livers.
“Imagine if we understood the mechanisms of biological systems well enough to be able to engineer whatever is biologically possible.”
In his book The Human Race to the Future: What Could Happen and What to Do, Daniel Berleant – professor in the Department of Information Science, College of Engineering and Information Technology at University of Arkansas - proposes future scenarios for different vital areas of discussion, spanning from the current century to nearly eternity.
A group of chemical engineers and biochemists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a new study presenting a way to improve the efficiency of plants light harvesting during the photosynthesis.
Embedding carbon nanotubes – microscopic tubes thinner than a human hair able to absorb sunlight and convert it to electron flow - inside the leaves, they were able to augment the amount of light energy captured by the plant.
“Plants have, for a long time, provided us with valuable products like food, biofuels, construction materials and the oxygen we breathe”, explains plant biologist and chemical engineer Juan Pablo Giraldo. ”We envisioned them as new hybrid biomaterials for solar energy harnessing, self-repairing materials and chemical detectors of pollutants, pesticides, and fungal and bacterial infections.”
Rebuilding plants into bionic superpowered energy photosynthesizers.
Read more on: Scientific American
Dutch inventive artist Daan Roosegaarde is famous for his highly innovative design, exploring the relation between people, technology and nature. One of his latest project is the creation of luminous trees inspired by animals able to generate their own light, such as jellyfish and fireflies.
Phosphorus is an essential element for all living creatures: plants, animals and humans. It is necessary for the body biological processes and for the building of DNA blocks. In agriculture it has been used as a fertilizer and it can be found in detergents and drinks, as well. Because of the extensive use of Phosphorus by farmers and industries it accumulates in rivers, polluting water and soil.
The Fraunhofer Project Group for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies (IWKS) found a way to remove Phosphorus from water, saving and reusing the valuable material at the same time.
Imagine you are spending a nice sunny day at the park. Like all good Society of Simulations inhabitants, you want to take a picture of your friends and the amazing picnic you are having, to post it on your social networks. Bummer! The battery of your mobile phone is dead. And of course, there isn’t any electric socket anywhere near. This difficulty soon might be a problem of the past. Dutch technostarter Plant-e designs and develops products that use living plants to generate electricity.