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Synthetic Biology - Inventing the Future

The hottest new field in biotech is synthetic biology: Scientists can now re-program life at the cellular level, just like a computer program. Syn-bio expert...
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Synthetic biology is now what computers used to be in the '70s. Autodesk has already joined the race to develop the software to build and program living things.

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Film coating transforms contact lenses into computer screens

Film coating transforms contact lenses into computer screens | e.cloud | Scoop.it
A polymer film coating with the ability to turn contact lenses into computer screens is set to transform the wearable visual aids into the next generation of consumer electronics.
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Ice Nine

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Ice Nine. the spontaneous generation of order where there was none before. A pinch of Ballard's The Crystal World, a large splash of Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle.
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This Babylonian Astronomy Text Changes History

This Babylonian Astronomy Text Changes History | e.cloud | Scoop.it
More than a thousand years before the first telescopes, Babylonian astronomers tracked the motion of planets across the night sky using simple arithmetic. But a newly translated text reveals that these ancient stargazers also used a far more advanced method, one that foreshadows the development of calculus over a thousand years later.
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Stay complex, my friends

Stay complex, my friends | e.cloud | Scoop.it
The KISS concept – keep it simple, stupid – may work for many situations. However, when it comes to evolution, complexity appears to be key for prosperity and propagating future generations.
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4D Printing: Shapeshifting Architecture

A team at the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS has developed a new microscale printing method to create transformable objects. These "4D-printed" objects go a...
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Tough, 3D-Printed Ceramics Could Help Build Hypersonic Planes

Tough, 3D-Printed Ceramics Could Help Build Hypersonic Planes | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Strong, flawless ceramics in various shapes, including spirals and honeycombs, can now can be created using 3D printing, researchers say.
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FREI OTTO - MODELING WITH SOAP FILMS

The ingenious and beautiful technique for finding forms with membrane surfaces
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Here's Why Seashells Don't Have the Consistency of Chalk

Here's Why Seashells Don't Have the Consistency of Chalk | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Chalk and seashells are made of the same thing: calcium carbonate. Shells are stronger because they have trapped proteins inside, and scientist had thought that these proteins were trapped like flies in amber. It turns out it’s way more organized than that.
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McKnelly Megalith

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Matter Design is an interdisciplinary architectural design practice founded
in 2008 by Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee.
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The Minimalist Beauty of a Renaissance-Era Geometry Book

The Minimalist Beauty of a Renaissance-Era Geometry Book | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Perspectiva Corporum Regularium (Perspective of regular solids), created in 1568 by German goldsmith and printmaker Wenzel Jamnitzer (1508–1585) and available online through the Getty Research Institute, is a study in shapes inspired by the five Platonic solids: tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron,
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VertiGo - A Wall-Climbing Robot Including Ground-Wall Transition

Link to publication page: http://www.disneyresearch.com/publication/vertigo VertiGo is a wall-climbing robot that is capable of transitioning from the ground...
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It’s practically impossible to define "GMOs"

It’s practically impossible to define "GMOs" | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Debates rage over what to do about genetically modified organisms, but we rarely stop to ask a more basic question: Do GMOs really exist?
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ITECH M.Sc 2015: Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures « Institute for Computational Design (ICD)

ITECH M.Sc 2015: Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures « Institute for Computational Design (ICD) | e.cloud | Scoop.it
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Graphene shown to safely interact with neurons in the brain

Graphene shown to safely interact with neurons in the brain | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Researchers have successfully demonstrated how it is possible to interface graphene - a two-dimensional form of carbon - with neurons, or nerve cells, while maintaining the integrity of these vital cells. The work may be ...
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Frei Otto: Spanning the Future (Official Trailer 2016)

A documentary about Architect and Engineer Frei Otto, one of the most innovative thinkers of the century and winner of the 2015 Pritzker Prize for Architectu...
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Download PDF: Voynich Manuscript & Codex Serahinianus

Download PDF: Voynich Manuscript & Codex Serahinianus | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Download the two most strange books ever written: The Voynich Manuscript and CODEX Serahinianus. You can download them here in full lenght PDF.
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Amalgamma develops 3D-printed concrete for building

Amalgamma develops 3D-printed concrete for building | e.cloud | Scoop.it
A group of students from the Bartlett School of Architecture has developed a method of 3D-printing concrete to create supporting structural elements and large pieces of furniture
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This Silicon Chip Will Monitor Your Brain and Dissolve in Your Body

This Silicon Chip Will Monitor Your Brain and Dissolve in Your Body | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Well folks, we’ve finally arrived at the long-anticipated future of brain-implantable chips. How many hundreds of science fiction novels have led us to this moment? No matter: the chips are here, and we’re getting a good look at ‘em today thanks to a study just out in Nature.
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nanowire-coated clothing

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Nanowire-coated clothing might not only keep us warmer — it might also be our next weapon against climate change. 
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Mathematical model for animal stripes

Mathematical model for animal stripes | e.cloud | Scoop.it
The back of a tiger could have been a blank canvas. Instead, nature painted the big cat with parallel stripes, evenly spaced and perpendicular to the spine. Scientists don't know exactly how stripes develop, but since the 1950s, mathematicians have been modeling possible scenarios. Now researchers assemble a range of these models into a single equation to identify what variables control stripe formation in living things.
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Festo – FlexShapeGripper (English)

Gripping modelled on a chameleon’s tongue: by inverting its elastic silicone cap, the FlexShapeGripper can pick up, gather and set back down the widest range...
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This Year in Science | Futurism

This Year in Science | Futurism | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Futurism presents its annual This Year in Science immersive experience! This year’s themes include robot intelligence, space exploration, drones, CRISPR (a breakthrough gene editing tool), plus a special ‘Futurist of the Year’ award.
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