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Pigeon Air Patrol monitors air quality
Manufactured Animals

Pigeons Are Monitoring Air Quality

Our peculiar image of the week shows a Pigeon Air Patrol that monitors air quality. In March ten pigeons has 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.

Via New Scientist

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Nongenetic Evolution

Growing Drones From Chemicals

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.

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synthetic canine to save dog lives
Manufactured Animals

The “Dog” That Will Save Lives

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.

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3d printed shell fred tortoise
Manufactured Animals

3D-Printed Shell to Save Tortoise’s Life

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.

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Drones and agriculture
Manufactured Animals

Drones in Agriculture

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.

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turkish shepherds always connected
Manufactured Animals

Solar-Powered Donkeys to Stay Online

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.

Image: Getty Images

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Suburban Utopia

We Love Cities, so Do Wild Animals

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. 

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Pigs have a heart for us
Manufactured Animals

Pigs Have a Heart for Us

Replacing your old heart with a new one from an animal may seem a bit extreme? Well, this future may arrive sooner than we think. Researchers, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, have been working for ten years to get an amazing result. Their goal? To use pig as donors for heart transplants in humans.

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MIT Light Traffic project
Wild Systems

The Death of the Traffic Light

MIT researchers have developed a system of traffic control that will make traffic lights obsolete. In this conceptual project, called Light Traffic, the connectivity between cars would allow them to simply blast through intersections without any risk of hitting other vehicles.

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extinct bison to be reintroduced in europe
Recreation

Re-introducing Extinct Species

Rewilding Europe is a Dutch organization which aims to the re-introduction of long-lost species in Europe’s wilderness. They are starting with the re-wilding of the European bison, an extinct species that used to dominate our countrysides, but was then hunted to extinction by 1919. Thanks to this initiative, and the support of 54 zoos, their population counts 3.000 animals today. Their objective is to re-introduce five herds of 100 bisons by 2022 and a wild population of 1.000 by 2032.

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