Introducing nanobionic spinach plants that can detect explosives.
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Using Spinach to Detect Explosives

Researchers at MIT are taking superfoods to the next level. By embedding spinach leaves with carbon nanotubes, a team of MIT engineers has converted spinach plants into biological bomb detectors. The introduction of “plant nanobionics”, a method to augment plants with nanomaterials, basically give them superpowers.

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Society of Simulations

Explore Depths from Your Chair

Over seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. Yet, we mainly discover the land, since this is the part of the globe we inhabit. But since our body is not able to dive to the bottom of the ocean, we could send a super copy of ourself to explore underwater worlds. Stanford University developed OceanOne, a humanoid diving robot that creates a simulation of the underwater experience on land.

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A new feature rumored to be in the next iOS update called Theater Mode could dim smartphone usage in cinemas.
Intimate Technology

Put Your Phone on Theatre Mode in Cinemas

We all know how annoying it gets to sit next to a person in the theatre who is continuously using the phone. But according to Sonny Dickson, things are about to change. The Australian famed “Apple leaker”, who notably reveals accurate information when it comes to new tech, wrote: “iOS 10.3 to feature a new Theatre mode”. The initial update is scheduled for January 10th and has many users speculating on screen level brightness and the disabling of notifications. If the function will be truly launched, it will be a matter of days. Until then, we can just switch our phone off.

Source: The Guardian

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Wild Systems

The Economy of Ecology

We live in an unprecedented time where our economy seems to take the center stage of in our lives. Unfortunately our economy is constructed in a way that is simply incompatible with our ecology. You could say that the system, and all of its moving parts, have been poorly designed. What if we could redesign the system to work for humanity and this planet we call home? How can we truly value our biosphere before we lose it forever? And how would a currency for the environment work?

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Animal Tsunami Alerts from Space

Since ancient times people have believed that animals have the ability to sense and anticipate earthquakes, tsunami or other natural disasters. And there’s evidence to support this belief. Back in 2005 when a tsunami hit many countries in the Indic Ocean there were many reports of odd behavior in wild and domestic animals and there were almost no animal victims in the aftermath. Now, there is a way to “borrow” this mysterious sense using tracking tags and the International Space Station (ISS).

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BladeRanger Drones and Robots solar panels cleaning
Wild Systems

Drones and Robots Co-Work in Solar Farms

Every day in the Arava region in southern Israel a group of drones, called pelicans, carry solar panels cleaning robots, called plecos (like the fish known for their ability to clean algae from aquariums), at work. It could be a story from our What’s Flying There? book, instead it is a project by BladeRanger, an Israeli company specialized in managing autonomous robots with unmanned aerial vehicles. Their first application is for the inspection and cleaning of photovoltaic installations.

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3D print song
Information Decoration

3D Print Your Favorite Song

Since the earliest days of media players with visualization software, such as Winamp, we have started to become accustomed to not only hearing, but also seeing our favorite songs. The pulsating animations on the screen brought an optical sensation to our experience of music. Artist Matthew Hollings aims to turn these into physical sculptures.

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How to Train Your Robot

There’s fear robots will start to take our jobs, but there’s also the perspective of new opportunities emerging. New tasks that no robot can do are already demanded, such as wind turbine technicians, physical-therapy assistants and genetic counselors. At the same time, jobs that requires human-robot collaboration are already a reality: YuMi from the Japanese ABB robot manufacturers is a perfect example. And training it is easier than you think.

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Society of Simulations

Anime Characters at Your Service

Being friends with a cartoon character is a common childhood dream that is mostly forgotten in adulthood. Not in Japan! The Land of the Rising Sun always surprises the occidental world. Gatebox is bringing cartoons to reality in a way that seems to wink at the movie Her by Spike Jonze or to this Black Mirror episode. Just take a look at their video to get an idea of what life with a virtual anime assistant would look like.

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