Tag: Hypernature

NASA inflatable greenhouse
Food Technology

Greenhouse for Space Colonies

Astronauts doing long missions in space are not getting the feast they deserve. The food they have access to is not only tasteless, but also very expensive: $10.000 per pound. For year-long missions, producing food in space could be the solution. Researchers from Arizona in cooperation with NASA recently unveiled an innovative inflatable greenhouse to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in space.

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a replicate female period on a computer chip
Intimate Technology

Female Menstrual Cycle on a Computer Chip

The female reproductive complex is a truly complicated system made of organs and changing hormones that can seem quite obscure at times, even to a woman herself. Recently scientists managed to reproduce the entire menstrual cycle in the laboratory for the first time ever. All on a computer chip of the size of a hand, visually not resembling anything we carry in our body.

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Heart Repair with Spinach Leaf
Hypernature

Heart Repair with Spinach Leaves

Want to become a “plant-org”, half plant half human? This might soon be possible thanks to a new engeneering technique. Scientists are developing a new approach in tissues regeneration to replace damaged human heart tissues with decelluralized spinach leaves.

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Scientists succeeded in digitally transmitting the basic look and taste of a glass of lemonade.
Society of Simulations

Digital Lemons to Make Virtual Lemonade

Ever wondered how does the Internet taste like? Lemons, obviously! Scientists at the National University of Singapore succeeded in digitally transmitting the basic look and taste of a freshly poured glass of lemonade to a simple glass of water. It works as follows: use a sensory device to calculate the color and pH levels of the beverage, send these data to a special jug, which then mimics the specifications of the drink with a pulse of electricity. A LED light will make sure your refreshment has the right color tone, cheers!

Source: New Scientist

Chinese space mangoes
Food Technology

A Truly Exotic Fruit: the Space Mango

So far we know quite little about the effects space has on humans, different countries, organizations and researchers are emphatically trying to explore foreign planets to find our new next habitat. With the space mango it’s the other way around: modified in space and planted on planet Earth!

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Protect your phone with a watermelon?
Hypernature

Protect Your Phone With a Watermelon

Some phone cases offer drip protection, some are waterproof, and some… contain 92 percent of water! Protect your device from daily hazards with this DIY phone case and make a refreshing impression this summer. It even provides a rich amount of vitamins and takes care of your hydration levels – what does your phone cover do? As history has taught us, smartphones and fruits are an effective combination, whether it’s a Blackberry headset, an Apple iPhone or a watermelon phone case; nature finds a way.

Peculiar image via Tom Galle.

artificial sun constructed out of 149 spotlights
Hypernature

Artificial Sun Tested in Germany

With temperatures warmer then ever, an artificial sun doesn’t seem like the first thing we need. German scientists on the other hand hope to develop a sun simulation that will not give us only daylight, but also carbon neutral fuel to power our needs.

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gene modification gives insight in the work of an ants tribe
Manufactured Animals

GM Ants Show How Insect Societies Work

Ants, they can be as annoying as impressive. Not just because they can carry 50 times their own body weight, but also for their cooperative work in the colony that rightly grants their little city the name “super organism”. A few of those ants have now been genetically modified for a research, and the results are astonishing. Ants social behavior is strongly dependent on their sense of smell, who would have thought that?

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Guided Growth

Grow Your Own Bio Bot

Today on the menu, the recipe for your very own biological soft bot! Always wanted a army of self walking skeletons? Have a look at the how to step by step guide by Rashid Bashir’s research group. What sounds like a DIY kit for some free time fun is supposed to help scientists around the world to find answers to questions on the future of health and environment. Manufacturing technologies, such as 3D printing, in combination with developed biological (living) materials, have the ability to improve the construction of complicated 3D structures, taking the next step in the search of enhanced life.

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