A new way of laying paths developed by a New Zealander living in the British countryside allows walkways to absorb light during the day and emit it at night, which could light streets all over the world more cheaply and efficiently than street lights. Joel Flynn shines a light on how the technology could pave the way to the future.
Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute are developing technology to link computer chip-sized human organs together. They hope to create an artificial human body that will provide pharmaceutical companies with a powerful new tool to develop and test new drugs.
A privately owned prototype space plane aces its debut test flight in California but runs into landing problems on the runway.
Private U.S. space technology company, SpaceX says it has completed another successful test of its Grasshopper reusable rocket system, this time launching it to an altitude of 744 meters. Footage of the October 7 launch illustrates a spectacular new milestone for the technology and its potential for lower cost missions into space.
Scientists in South Korea say they have produced gasoline from genetically modified Escherichia coli, a bacteria more commonly associated with food poisoning in humans. The researchers, from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, say their work could one day lead to a new and sustainable source of clean fuel.
Steve Westnedge plays his saxophone for a Leopard Seal as part of a study on animal reactions to sounds at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. Steve is also the zoo’s elephant keeper, and plays his saxophone to assist the animal music study by researchers at the Australian Marine Mammal Research Center.
The seal occasionally responds with his own sounds, depending on the time of year, which are normally used when wanting to attract mates or establish territories. (Photos by REUTERS/David Gray)
Silk Pavilion: 26 panels made of silk by a machine, inspired by the silkworm. After the panels were made, a swarm of 6,500 silkworms reinforced the gaps across the fibers.
Made by: Mediated Matter Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, in collaboration with Prof. Fiorenzo Omenetto (TUFTS University) and Dr. James Weaver (WYSS Institute, Harvard University). Mediated Matter researchers include Markus Kayser, Jared Laucks, Carlos David Gonzalez Uribe, Jorge Duro-Royo and Neri Oxman (Director). Read more.
These floors are made for walkin’: the Multitoe floor keeps track of footsteps, which can help scientists and doctors learn more about health and perhaps even human habits and aging.
For the first time scientists have printed human embryonic stem cells using a 3D printer
The Heriot-Watt University team’s research could eventually lead to human organs being printed on demand and an end to animal drug testing. Jim Drury reports.