3D Printed Fish Remove Toxins and Deliver Drugs
Researchers at UC San Diego announced that they have developed 3D printed microrobots in the shape of fish able to detect and remove toxin from liquid. Smaller than a human hair – only 120 microns long and 30 microns thick – these little creatures multiply quickly: scientists can 3D print hundreds of these fish in seconds.
The Bamboo Skyscraper
Inspired by the natural bamboo forests, where a wide range of trees coexist and create an overlapping network, a group of architects looked at natural forests to design the Bamboo Skyscraper. With this project the team at CRG Architects rethought the way we build and asked: what if we stopped cutting into our forests and started recreating them?
Visualizing the World Economy
Forward to Nature
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?
Turning Poop Back Into Food
After looking for ways to grow vegetables in orbit, Nasa funded a program to turn astronauts’ poop into food. According to the US space agency, the project could have big impacts for space exploration by “providing the means to produce food on site at distant destinations using synthetic, biology-based approaches”.
Electronic Gadget Cemetery in Ghana
We love buying shiny new gadgets every now and then, but have you ever wondered where your old device ends up when you get rid of it? Agbogbloshie in Ghana is one of the places where electronics, such as computers, mobile phones and televisions, go to die.
Wireless Controlled Mouse, the Animal!
Stanford engineers developed an implantable device to stimulate nerves in mice. It’s a internal remote-controlled LED chip that can make a mouse walk in circles, by using light to activate motor neurons in the animal’s brain, or peripheral nerves throughout its body. The technology is powered wirelessly using the mouse’s own body to transfer energy.
Tracking Employees’ Body Functions to Improve Business Performance
Across the U.K. many companies, such as banks, call centers and consultancies, are experimenting with new wearable devices to monitor employees, measuring their heart rate, stress levels, breathing, skin temperature, voices and body position.