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Anthropocene

Salmon Cannon Shoots Fish Over Dams

Artificial water constructions, such as dams, can pose a threat for wildlife, and for salmon in particular, blocking their migratory path towards rivers. To solve this problem Whooshh Innovations designed a fish-launching device: a sort of cannon that sucks salmon up and “shoots” them out in a different body of water.

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Designed-by-Evolution

Scientists Created “Alien-DNA”

The genetic material of all creatures on earth is saved in the biomolecule Deoxyribonucleic Acid, the DNA. It consists of four components: the bases Adenin (A), Thymin (T), Guanin (G) and Cytosin (C). These appears as pairs in the combinations of AT and GC. Now, a team of scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in California, led by chemical biologist Floyd Romesberg, extend the alphabet with two new created ‘foreign’ building-blocks, called X and Y 

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Green Blues

GMO Trees to Simplify Paper Production

Researchers – at University of British Columbia, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University – have genetically engineered trees that will be easier to break down to produce paper and biofuel.
A project that could reduce the use of chemicals and energy and create fewer environmental pollutants in tree-processing.

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Green Blues

Making Seawater Drinkable with Nanotech

Thanks to a recent discovery in nanotechnology application is it possible to turn seawater into fresh and drinkable water. This technology uses a nano-membrane of graphene to filter the salt.

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Augmented-Bodies

Get Infrared Sight with a Vitamine Diet

In the field of transhumanism there are a lot of pioneers that want to improve their own bodies with electronic hardware to extend the human capacities – the so called grinders. We already reported about Tim Cannon, who self-implanted a small computer inside his arm and the invisible headphone implants by Rich Lee. There is also the online community Biohack.me, that discuss body-hack purposes.

Now there comes a daring group of 4 bio-hackers from various backgrounds, with a crowdfunded project: they developed a protocol to augment human sight to see into the near infrared range through human formation of porphyropsin. It is the same protein complex that grants infrared vision to freshwater fish and it can be extracted from their livers.

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Designed-by-Evolution

New Plant Paradigms

“Imagine if we understood the mechanisms of biological systems well enough to be able to engineer whatever is biologically possible.”

In his book The Human Race to the Future: What Could Happen and What to Do, Daniel Berleantprofessor in the Department of Information Science, College of Engineering and Information Technology at University of Arkansas – proposes future scenarios for different vital areas of discussion, spanning from the current century to nearly eternity.

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Bionics

Bionic Plants

Scientists designed a way to improve the efficiency of plants light harvesting during the photosynthesis, using nanotechnology.

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Hypernature

Glow in the Dark Trees

Dutch inventive artist Daan Roosegaarde is famous for his  highly innovative design, exploring the relation between people, technology and nature. One of his latest project is the creation of luminous trees inspired by animals able to generate their own light, such as jellyfish and fireflies. 

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