Marshmallow Laser Feast is a London-based design studio researching and exploring the boundaries between virtual and real-world experiences. Eyes of the Animal is an interactive project that invites the public to an uncommon virtual reality setting conceived especially for experiences in actual forests, giving the opportunity to see the world as an insect would.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.