That banana you buy in the supermarket is a product of nature, right? Not really. If you compare the supermarket banana with the original wild banana the differences in size, look and taste are striking.
Human design has turned old nature into hypernature: better than the real thing. But at the end of the day, the supermarket banana is not so much a product of nature, as it is a product of design.
Peculiar image of the week via Rebrn.
Secondary tropical forests are able to regenerate after cutting, and this process can often be quite fast. This news comes from Panama, home to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, where a group of scientists recently released results of a study aimed to investigate the forestry regeneration capacity of earlier surfaces almost completely deforested for agricultural purposes.
Scientists at Harvard University have developed a method to shape-shift 4D-printed structures that could one day help heal wounds and be used in robotic surgical tools. To reach this point they mimicked the behavior of orchids, calla lilies and other flowers, especially how they bend and twist.
Nowadays young children know more brands and logo’s than bird or tree species. Advertisements are so present in our environment, it seems our dreams are the last safe and add-free place.
Human Cloning is one of those issues where technology is racing well ahead of contemporary morals and ethical frameworks. Xu Xiaochun, the chief executive behind the world’s biggest cloning factory – Boyalife Group – has stated that at this moment, the technology to clone humans is already available, and that they are refraining from using it for fear of public reaction.
The use of artificial insemination has become a fairly common practice among dog lovers around the world. But thanks to the work of researchers at Cornell University (USA), for the first time a litter of puppies was born entirely from in vitro fertilization.
Once again, scientists and developers are taking their cue from nature in order to approach innovation and effective new insights. In this example of biomimicry, it is the Wood-Boring Wasp, also known as the Horntail, that serves as inspiration for a new robotic needle which will be used in brain surgery.