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Meet Google's 'crabot' — part crane, part robot, all Google - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Meet Google's 'crabot' — part crane, part robot, all Google - Silicon Valley Business Journal | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Here's a machine that could help rearrange modular building pieces inside Google's proposed new canopied buildings.
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Scientists Make History By Genetically Modifying Human Embryos

Scientists Make History By Genetically Modifying Human Embryos | e.cloud | Scoop.it
After weeks of speculation, it can finally be confirmed that geneticists in China have modified the DNA of human embryos. It’s a watershed moment in biotech history, but the experiment may ultimately serve as a major setback in the effort to responsibly develop beneficial interventions involving the human germline.
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Sweet potato naturally 'genetically modified'

Sweet potato naturally 'genetically modified' | e.cloud | Scoop.it
The mechanism that Agrobacterium uses to incorporate its own T-DNA in the genetic material of plants forms the basis of the gmo technology. While Agrobacterium traditionally introduces its T-DNA only in a few plant cells, biotechnologist have succeeded to regenerate plants from these cells. The finding of T-DNAs in sweet potato now reveals that this extra step has also occurred in nature thousands of years ago. Prof. Lieve Gheysen, one of the researchers involved: "The natural presence of Agrobacterium T-DNA in sweet potato and its stable inheritance during evolution is a beautiful example of the possibility of DNA exchange across species barriers. It demonstrates that genetic modification also happens in nature. In comparison to "natural" gmos, that are beyond our control, human-made gmos have the advantage that we know exactly which characteristic we add to the plant."
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Pneumatic Biomaterials Deposition, Water-Based Fabrication of Large-Scale Sustainable Structures Chitosan-based Hydrogels and Cellulose Composites, MIT Media Lab

Pneumatic Biomaterials Deposition, Water-Based Fabrication of Large-Scale Sustainable Structures Chitosan-based Hydrogels and Cellulose Composites, MIT Media Lab | e.cloud | Scoop.it
2014-2015, Chitosan-based Hydrogels and Cellulose Composites Structural hierarchy and material organization in design is traditionally achieved by combining discrete…
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Announcing Matternet ONE

Announcing Matternet ONE | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Matternet ONE is the first smart drone for transportation. Send things through the air — magically, with the touch of a button. Matternet ONE revolutionizes last-mile logistics, transforming the way you access things locally.
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"Matternet ONE is the first smart drone for transportation. Send things through the air — magically, with the touch of a button. Matternet ONE revolutionizes last-mile logistics, transforming the way you access things locally."

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Realism and Constructivism 1

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Over on Facebook, my friend Carl Sachs expresses sympathy for social epistemologies and wonders whether it's possible to be both a social constructivist and a realist.  As it turns out, this is an ...
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Mountains Of The Sea: Photographer ‘Freezes’ Waves To Make Them Look Like Mountains

Mountains Of The Sea: Photographer ‘Freezes’ Waves To Make Them Look Like Mountains | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Artists have wrestled with the raw, majestic, natural power of the sea for hundreds of years, but Australia-based photographer Ray Collins is one of the few who really gets it right. Collins' epic wave photos seem to freeze and capture all of the sea's power, casting it in the respectful and majestic light that it deserves.
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make life pleasant with robotics and design
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Curiosity Just Found A Key Component For Life On Mars

Curiosity Just Found A Key Component For Life On Mars | e.cloud | Scoop.it
While running a standard sample analysis of some Martian dust, the Curiosity rover made a wonderful discovery — there is nitrogen, one of the essential ingredients for life, on Mars.
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The monowheel was tech's improvement on bicycles. It didn't catch on.

The monowheel was tech's improvement on bicycles. It didn't catch on. | e.cloud | Scoop.it
When people tried to reinvent the bicycle, they downsized to one wheel. Here's what they designed.
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Watch Robots Carve a Modern Michelangelo Masterpiece | The Creators Project

In 'Captives #B04' Quayola uses computational processes to re-form unfinished Renaissance sculpture.
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swarm printing: aerial robotic bridge construction - kokkugia

swarm printing: aerial robotic bridge construction - kokkugia | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Kokkugia is an experimental architecture research practice led by Roland Snooks and Robert Stuart-Smith, with offices in Melbourne and London.
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swarm 3d printing by kokkugia

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Swarm Constructability : Designing Through Embedded Tectonic Behaviors in Swarm Robotic Systems

Con questa Tesi di Laurea si muovono i primi passi di una ricerca applicata finalizzata alla costruzione-deposizione di materiale da parte di sciami di mini-robot dal comportamento indipendente che si coordinano tramite segnali lasciati e rilevati
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Major advance in artificial photosynthesis poses win/win for the environment

Major advance in artificial photosynthesis poses win/win for the environment | e.cloud | Scoop.it
By combining biocompatible light-capturing nanowire arrays with select bacterial populations, a potentially game-changing
new artificial photosynthesis system offers a win/win situation for the environment: solar-powered green chemistry using sequestered carbon dioxide.
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Stretch|PLAY

The Stretch|PLAY prototype is developed as a part of the Social Sensory Surface research project. The research project looks to develop new material technologies…
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3-D Scans Reveal Caterpillars Turning Into Butterflies – Phenomena

3-D Scans Reveal Caterpillars Turning Into Butterflies – Phenomena | e.cloud | Scoop.it
The transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is one of the most exquisite in the natural world. Within the chrysalis, an inching, cylindrical eating machine remakes itself into a beautiful flyi...
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Knottings of the Void

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If architecture is a privileged site for thought, then this is because it enacts an intersection of matter, nature, meaning, economics, ecology, bio-materiality, aesthetics, subjectivity, politics,...
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"Architecture in the real creates and forms voids and these voids, in their turn, channel bodies, defining sites of activity, relation, movement, and becoming.  There is, however, an architecture of the real, an absolute architecture, that brackets any thought of what might transpire in the void that the edifice creates, and that suspends any question of meaning or affect.  This architecture deterritorializes the edifice from meaning and function; exploring the powers of matter and void for their own sake, seeking to determine what they can do, what can exist."

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"Architecture in the real creates and forms voids and these voids, in their turn, channel bodies, defining sites of activity, relation, movement, and becoming.  There is, however, an architecture of the real, an absolute architecture, that brackets any thought of what might transpire in the void that the edifice creates, and that suspends any question of meaning or affect.  This architecture deterritorializes the edifice from meaning and function; exploring the powers of matter and void for their own sake, seeking to determine what they can do, what can exist."

Alessio Erioli's curator insight, March 30, 5:14 PM

"Architecture in the real creates and forms voids and these voids, in their turn, channel bodies, defining sites of activity, relation, movement, and becoming.  There is, however, an architecture of the real, an absolute architecture, that brackets any thought of what might transpire in the void that the edifice creates, and that suspends any question of meaning or affect.  This architecture deterritorializes the edifice from meaning and function; exploring the powers of matter and void for their own sake, seeking to determine what they can do, what can exist."

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Nasa validates 'impossible' space drive (Wired UK)

Nasa validates 'impossible' space drive (Wired UK) | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Nasa is a major player in space science, so when a team from the agency this week presents evidence that "impossible" microwave thrusters seem to work, something strange is definitely going on
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BionicANTs | Festo Corporate

BionicANTs | Festo Corporate | e.cloud | Scoop.it
For the BionicANTs, Festo has not only technically implemented the delicate anatomy of ants, but also their cooperative behaviour.
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Hyperpolyglot Is a Side-by-Side Reference Sheet for Programming

Hyperpolyglot Is a Side-by-Side Reference Sheet for Programming | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Once you've learned one programming language or programming tool, it's pretty easy to get into another similar one. Sometimes, though, the fine differences are hard to remember. Hyperpolyglot is an awesome tool for looking up the differences and similarities between programming languages and tools.
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The 3D Additivist Manifesto

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Derived from petrochemicals boiled into being from the black oil of a trillion ancient bacterioles, the plastic used in 3D Additive manufacturing is a metaphor before it has even been layered into shape. Its potential belies the complications of its history: that matter is the sum and prolongation of our ancestry; that creativity is brutal, sensual, rude, coarse, and cruel. 1 We declare that the world’s splendour has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of crap, kipple 2 and detritus. A planet crystallised with great plastic tendrils like serpents with pixellated breath 3 …for a revolution that runs on disposable armaments is more desirable than the contents of Edward Snowden’s briefcase; more breathtaking than The United Nations Legislative Series.


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A fascinating manifesto.. go read

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"There is nothing which our infatuated race would desire to see more than the fertile union between a man and an Analytical Engine. Yet humankind are the antediluvian prototypes of a far vaster Creation. 4 The whole of humankind can be understood as a biological medium, of which synthetic technology is but one modality. Thought and Life both have been thoroughly dispersed on the winds of information. 5 Our power and intelligence do not belong specifically to us, but to all matter. 6 Our technologies are the sex organs of material speculation. Any attempt to understand these occurrences is blocked by our own anthropomorphism.  7 In order to proceed, therefore, one has to birth posthuman machines, a fantasmagoric and unrepresentable repertoire of actual re-embodiments of the most hybrid kinds. 8"

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Up close with F 015, Mercedes’ incredible self-driving car - SlashGear

Up close with F 015, Mercedes’ incredible self-driving car - SlashGear | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Mercedes-Benz dropped jaws back at CES 2015 in January when its autonomous F 015 Luxury in Motion concept drove onto the opening keynote stage. Then, the
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