Researchers at Harvard University have designed a miniature robotic stingray. By way of reverse engineering and taking heart cells from a rat, this robot is actually alive. The cyborg stingray was introduced on Science journal. Responsive to flashes of light, the movement of the creature gives the scientists a better understanding on how the human heart pumps blood.
There is a piece of the world that has not been mapped by Google’s all-seeing eye, and that’s a shame according to Visit Faroe Islands, the tourist agency of the “sheep islands” that launched a petition to get Google there. With a population of 49.188 humans and 80.000 sheep, the archipelago rightfully deserves its name. As part of Denmark, the 18 tiny islands in the north Atlantic between Scotland and Iceland are invisible to the maps of Google Street View, so they invented their own Street View technology. Introducing, Sheep View 360.
Our peculiar image of the week shows a Pigeon Air Patrol that monitors air quality. In March ten pigeons have been released in London, each of them equipped with a tiny backpack. The backpack integrates lightweight pollution sensors by Plume Labs able to measure nitrogen dioxide and ozone concentrations. The analysis of the air quality was then sent back in real-time. Pigeon Air Patrol was the winner of the Twitter campaign #PoweredByTweets, that challenged innovators to think about the potential of objects that are, you guessed it, powered by Tweets.
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Researchers from BAE Systems together with the University of Glasgow are experimenting with a new technology that in theory would be able to grow small-scale Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) from chemical compounds. The breeding of drones explores how aircraft could be designed and manufactured in the future.
A very realist and graphic synthetic dog is currently being developed by scientists for medical training and practice for veterinarians. This weird-looking dog will be used as a replacement for terminal surgery, where actual animals, mainly from kennels, are anesthetized, used for practicing different operations, from neutering to brain surgery, and finally euthanized.
It is widely known that 3D printing is a revolutionary technology. Several surgeons and medical students are using it to improve the learning process and to advance medical science, forging new frontiers in the field. Of course bio-printing will be the next step, but until it becomes widely adopted, 3D can still save lives. We are familiar with several interventions where this technology helped save human lives, such as the 3D printed face and skull, but in this case we’re talking about saving defenseless, animal lives.
It seems drones are everywhere these days. They became known as a way for unmanned aircraft to carry out military surveillance and attacks, and now hobbyists use them to take stunning photos and videos from the sky. Amazon has even tinkered with the idea of using drones for home delivery. As is the case with most new forms of technology, more and more uses for drones will become available over time. Here’s a look at how drones can and will impact the agriculture and farming industry.
Our peculiar image of the week features the innovation of the Turkish shepherds. To stay connected they fasten solar panels and battery packs to the donkeys that accompany them to the desolate mountains. Thanks to the energy produced, they can stay online and power lights. Connectivity is a powerful tool for economic progress, and it can often represent the difference between life or death in poor rural areas.
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Today 54% of the word’s population lives in cities, and this trend is expected to grow. By 2050 the number of people residing in urban areas will increase by 66%, but we won’t be the only inhabitants. Also wild animals have a liking for town life.