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.
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).
Norwegian cuisine is known for its savory meatballs, sweet and salty cured salmon and… nori. That’s right, nori. Researchers in Trondheim have succeeded in growing the red Porphyra algae in laboratory for the first time, handing themselves all the right ingredients to become the frontrunner of commercial macroalgae cultivation.
Since 2000 the experts at Pantone have choosen a color to sum up the spirit of each year, capturing both a snapshot of the past and a sneak peek into the future. From the relaxing quartz and blue of this troubled 2016, they now have shifted to a bright green as the color of 2017. A perfect choice if we take into account some of the positive developments in renewables reached during this controversial year.
Some 500 years ago surrealist avant la lettre, Hieronymus Bosch, painted his ‘The Garden Of Earthly Delights’. The masterpiece is a warning on the perils of life’s temptations. To celebrate the 500 year anniversary for the painter, our friends at Studio Smack made a contemporary interpretation in a hallucinatory 4K animation.
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.
We need energy more than ever. Nuclear power is one of the options but it leaves us with a great amount of radioactive waste, which is still useful but dangerous. A solution to the problem might be simple and beautiful: turn them into diamond batteries.
While man are looking like penguins in tail coats, this fashion style can also be tweaked the other way around, by dressing up penguins. Maybe penguin fashion is the wrong way to put it, since these are life saving little piece of knitwear.