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.
Time ago we wrote about the fact that US Food and Drug Administration was considering whether to approve the first genetically engineered salmon. We have a verdict: from now on the production, selling and consumption of this transgenic salmon is considered to be legal by the FDA. The fish results to be slightly bigger than average and takes half of the time to grow and mature.
Drones were initially known to be adopted in the military field, for air-patrolling and attack missions. Nevertheless in the late years they are having a great role in completely different and wider fields, such as deliveries, weather control and entertainment. Recently British company BioCarbon Engineering developed a new ingenious way to exploit drones: reforestation.
Carbon Dioxide is a constant threat to global warming and many experts simply see the solution to this issue in trees, which are able to consume CO2 in order to fuel life development and growth. However, researchers at Arizona State University are looking for another solution, profiting of a new technology. This team of scientists is working on an ingenious approach to carbon capture that will enhance the way plants isolate carbon dioxide from other emissions in order to contain it.
By burning fossil fuels we are responsible for the increase of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. Aside from raising temperatures globally, this is also affecting our oceans. The massive production of CO2 is causing ocean acidification, and the results are frightening.
Researches on this matter are quite recent and very difficult to get into, especially because it is impossible to study acidification in isolation; the results may vary depending on the amount of sunlight, temperature and the presence of oxygen. Nevertheless it has been proven that the impact on marine faune is devastating, especially for the formation of shells and coral reefs.
If technology transformed animals into people; is technology perhaps also capable of changing people back into animals? Architect and interaction designer Behnaz Farahi envisions an interactive 3D printed outfit that can detect and respond to the gaze of the other, and respond accordingly with life-like behavior. Rest assure, we are the primitives of a next nature.
Last April, a Chinese group of researchers published a paper that set the scientific world ablaze in a fierce debate. The paper was about their attempts to edit the DNA of a human embryo.
Scientists warned that altering the human genome line without thoroughly considering and researching into the consequences could bring about unintended, unpredictable and possibly terrifying results.
From dangerous mutations and painful deaths to political opportunism and genetic-social engineering, it is easy to imagine terrifying and dystopian outcomes to this technological advance. And it’s all due to CRISPRs: clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.