Guided Growth

Hyperform: the Future of 3D Printing

“However, while 3D printers are becoming increasingly accessible and capable of rivalling the quality of professional equipment, they are still inherently limited by a small print volume, placing severe constraints on the…

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Manufactured Animals

Eventually, Drones Will Be Everywhere

City of Drones is an interactive digital environment developed by musician John Cale, speculative architect Liam Young and digital artists FIELD.
The installation puts the user in a first person view of a drone drifting through an abstract futuristic cityscape.

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Artificial Intelligence

A Robot Scientist Could Cure Malaria

While it is not a common source of fear in Western countries, malaria is a disease highly endemic to tropical countries, Asia and many parts of Africa. A recent WHO report informed that there were about 198 million cases of malaria in 2013. The disease resulted in death of approximately 584,000 people, many of whom were children in Africa. Although there seems to be no effective drug in use for malaria, a scientist robot named Eve may have found a cure.

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Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities, wild robots – we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. How can we live in harmony with it? The Next Nature Network is a 21st century nature organization that wants to go forward – not back – to nature. We stir debate, create events, exhibitions, publications and products that bring biology and technology into balance. Because ultimately, we may not just have to save the pandas but the people too. Will you join us?

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Symbolic-Overdrive

Meet the Modern Miners

The good people of Motherboard gained access to a massive, secretive Bitcoin mine that is said to make 4050 bitcoins a month, which converts to some 800,000 Euro at the current rate. The mine consists of 3,000 computers specifically build to mine for bitcoins and is based in a re-purposed factory in rural northeast China.

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Augmented-Bodies

Electronic Skin can Detect Magnetic Fields

As we all know, there are five basic human senses, but this doesn’t mean there could not be many more. One of the senses that we don’t have magnetoception: the ability to perceive magnetic fields. Some bacteria, migratory birds, fish and some invertebrates use this skill to have a better sense of direction. A new artificial skin technology might be able to give humans magnetoception in the future.

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Bionics

Using Shrimp Shell to Produce Bioplastics

Bugs are one of the most frequently imitated living species in science. Even the word “bug” is borrowed to describe software or hardware defects, spying devices or cult automobiles, such as the Volkswagen Beetle. The latest mimicry of these fascinating creatures has been developed by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard. Researchers Javier Fernandez and Donald Ingber are inspired by the exoskeletons of bugs in order to produce sturdy, biodegradable plastics.

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