Certain natural disasters such as earthquakes and Tsunamis often trap high numbers of people under unstable rubble, making search-and-rescue operations very difficult. Cyborg cockroaches might be of critical help for these disasters.
North Caroline State University carried out a study in 2012, where researchers attached electrodes to the antennae of Madagascar hissing cockroaches to steer them. Currently, the team is working on tiny backpacks attached to the back of cockroaches, to transform these critters into moving networks of sensors.
Liam Young is a speculative architect who, in his own words, “operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures”. With his London-based design think tank, Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, he explores the future implications of emerging urban developments. Named by Blueprint magazine as one of 25 people who will change architecture and design, Young uses fiction and film to discuss probable futures. He has also co-founded Unknown Fields Division with Kate Davies, an award winning nomadic workshop that travels on annual expeditions to the ends of the Earth, investigating unreal and forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and industrial ecologies. Unknown Fields have developed projects through expeditions from the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galapagos Islands to North Alaska, the mining landscapes of the Australian Outback, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Recently, Young gave an interesting lecture at the Sonic Acts Festival 2015 in Amsterdam. His visually engaging storytelling took the audience on a virtual trip with the infamous celebrity Kim Kardashian, whose derriere broke the internet recently. During his talk, he meditated on the emergence of virtual landscapes and hinted at new futures originated by developing technologies. On that occasion, we talked to Liam Young about his work in speculative architecture, the future, and our role as humans in relation to the nature.
Researchers at GRASP Laboratory have developed agile micro drones able to act like a swarm. The drones are capable of complex motion behavior, either as individual units or as a group. Each unit contains several sensors, allowing the micro drone to stabilize itself in mid-air and recover from unexpected errors.
While the drones still require external localization, the results represent the first steps towards the development of advanced swarm behavior within drones. This could have a major impact on the future of automated unmanned aerial vehicles, commercial airlines or even flying cars.
After suspicious drone flights over the Paris air space right after Charlie Hebdo shooting and a drunk government employee crashing a drone into the White House lawn, the Secret Service are preparing to defend against drones. Currently, they are conducting test drone flights over the U.S. capital in order to figure out ways to make them fall or redirect their trajectory.
Tuberculosis might sound like a thing of the past but it is still a serious problem, causing an estimated 1.3 – 1.5 million deaths in 2013 alone. The main root of tuberculosis is infected cattle, which is transferred to humans via consumption of unpasteurized dairy products. However, it has recently been announced that genetic modification allowed scientists to produce cattle resistant to tuberculosis.
Christ the Redeemer is a famous landmark of Rio de Janeiro, standing on the 700-meter-high Corcovado Mountain. The current technology has not been able to replicate the statue perfectly, until now. PUC University of Rio de Janeiro teamed up with the 3D design company Pix4D and the Canadian drone company Aeryon to map out the statue in its most accurate state.
If you have ever watched Star Wars and wished that you could take part in a so-called “pod race”, get yourself a drone and some FPV goggles and you will get very close to that dream.
Around the world small groups of men gather and start racing their homemade drones on self made parcours.
Rhinos are an unfortunate species because of the high demand for their horns. South African Department of Environmental Affairs reports that, just in 2014, there have been 1215 cases of rhinos poached for their horns, unfortunately the high number record of the new millennium so far. Pembient, a West Coast startup, might have a solution to help end poaching with its lab-grown rhino horn project.