Lilou the San Francisco Airport Pig
Manufactured Animals

Lilou the Airport Pig Will Soothe Your Travel

If you happen to be at San Francisco International Airport on the hectic Holiday time, LiLou can help you alleviate the stress. She wears fancy ballerina skirt, has bright painted nails and an officer hat. Her winning personality and sense of fun make her a perfect match for the position. What may come as a surprise, LiLou is a Juliana-breed pig.

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Plastic Planet

Rethinking 3D Printing for the Future

You don’t have to visit New York for a nice plastic souvenir of the Statue of Liberty anymore, you can easily 3D print one yourself. With 3D printing becoming more and more omnipresent, souvenirs of places you have never been to, and a load of other useless crap, are just a few clicks (and if you don’t own a 3D printer, a short walk to the nearest fablab) away.

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Augmented Bodies

I Want Wings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I. Angels and Superheroes

In 2008, Samuel O. Poore, a plastic surgeon who teaches at the University of Wisconsin’s medical school, published an article in the Journal of Hand Surgery titled “The Morphological Basis of the Arm-to-Wing Transition.” Drawing on evolutionary and anatomical evidence, he laid out a workable method for using the techniques of modern reconstructive surgery, including bone fusing and skin and muscle grafting, to “fabricate human wings from human arms.” Although the wings, in the doctor’s estimation, would not be capable of generating the lift needed to get a person off the ground, they might nonetheless serve “as cosmetic features simulating, for example, the nonfunctional wings of flightless birds.”

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Wild Systems

KaraokeBot Sings Christmas Carols

A next nature Christmas looks as follows. We start by sending out augmented Christmas cards and then we build our very own Christmas tree. For the menu we turn to our In Vitro Meat Cookbook for an exquisite three-course meal accompanied with Nano Wine and amplify our senses with a Google Nose. After the banquet we gather around KaraokeBot, an AI system that generates and sings Christmas songs from the visual components of an uploaded image, and sing the night away. The holidays are filled with traditions, it is up to us to create new ones. Happy Christmas everybody!

Augmented Bodies

The Bioengineered Elixir of Life

Are you considering doing some botox to look younger? Think twice! Scientists at the Salk institute of California found a new genetic manipulation technique to rejuvenate cells. Mice that got the treatment lived 30 percent longer compared to the ones that didn’t get it. Next step is to implement these cellular reprogramming techniques into the human body to set the biological clock back.

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