Tag: Manufactured Animals

Manufactured Animals

Gene-Edited Micropigs Will Be Soon Sold As Pets

Earlier this year, a group of Chinese scientists published a paper about the modification of the genome of human embryos with the cutting-edge powerful technique called CRISPRs. The research arose ethical debates among scientists. Last September, Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) has revealed another study that caused a new wave of disputes and concerns among scientists, ethicists and animal welfare organizations: they will start selling genetically engineering miniature pigs as pets.

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Wild Systems

Tiny Robots Assemble a Room in Minutes

Dom Indoors, is the latest research project developed by a construction robotics company called Asmbld. It includes a robotic system that can reconfigure an indoor space within minutes, as well as a family of tiny robots that can assemble modular elements into walls, furniture, or costumed objects according to the needs of users.

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Image Consumption

Forget Google Street View, Here’s Cat Street View

Onomichi, a city in the Hiroshima prefecture in Japan, has recently launched an online street view map to introduce the view of the city by a cat’s perspective. From the feline residents, the Cat Street View map offers a fresh angle to look at the urban space in a different way, disclosing the hidden routes and secret paths that were never visible before.

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Manufactured Animals

From the Super Muscular Pig to the Hypoallergenic Cow: New GMOs May Soon Be on Your Plate

The acronym that keeps Europe awake at night is TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), a trade and investment deal that the EU is negotiating with the US. From Rome to Brussels consumer groups rise up against it. The reason? This deal could get never-seen-before genetically modified organisms on the supermarket shelves.

Although the trade and the human consumption of GMO animal products are outright banned, there are some bugs in the system, such as the recent “jellyfish-lamb” case. France went into a panic because a lamb that was the offspring of a sheep modified to express a green fluorescent protein made it to market. All over the world biologists are experimenting with animal genomes and the risk of bumping into a “bodybuilder pig” exists. To what extent is there the possibility of having genetically modified animals on our plates? Here an estimate by Wired.

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Nongenetic Evolution

Car Paleontology

This skeleton car was dug up created by auto rental company Sixt for their ad campaign. Apart from the message they promote (“Thanks to Sixt expensive car rentals became extinct”) this peculiar image of the week makes us realize how cars – more and more autonomous, self driving, uncontrollable – are bound to become the animals of the future.

Image via Flickr

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Manufactured Animals

Wireless Controlled Mouse, the Animal!

Stanford engineers developed an implantable device to stimulate nerves in mice. It’s a internal remote-controlled LED chip that can make a mouse walk in circles, by using light to activate motor neurons in the animal’s brain, or peripheral nerves throughout its body. The technology is powered wirelessly using the mouse’s own body to transfer energy.

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Fake Nature

Robot Swans Monitor Water Quality

The National University of Singapore released a group of robot swans in the Pandan Reservoir to swim around and keep an eye on water quality. Called NUSwans, they are embedded with advanced water monitoring technology fitted into shells that closely resemble living, breathing birds.

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Wild Systems

The Drone Circus

The first ever circus consisting entirely of drones is coming to Amsterdam. This fall the Amsterdam Arena will host a choreographed airshow using nothing but drones combined with lights and sounds. Dutch event company Fjuze launched a video for the event, called Air. It’s an extravagant preview that looks like a sci-fi movie trailer.

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Hypernature

Digital Aquarium Powered by Real Fish

The fish swimming in this aquarium are unaware part of the Flowers and Fish art installation by Japanese digital studio teamLab. The exhibition works in accordance with the movements of the aquatic creatures, when the fish in the tank swim across the projected images of flowers, the flowers scatter into a burst of petals.

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