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Movie: Julian Melchiorri on the first synthetic biological leaf

Movie: Julian Melchiorri on the first synthetic biological leaf | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Julian Melchiorri claims the synthetic biological leaf he developed, which absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen, could enhance space travel.

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NASA & TRAPPIST-1: A Treasure Trove of Planets Found

Seven Earth-sized planets have been observed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope around a tiny, nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. Three o
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Soft Bodies, 2016-2017 - Lorenzo Oggiano

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“Soft Bodies” is an ongoing series of post-produced hi-poly modeling studies focusing on synth-organic soft(ware) morphologies.
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Engineers Have Created Biocompatible Microrobots That Can be Implanted Into the Human Body

Engineers Have Created Biocompatible Microrobots That Can be Implanted Into the Human Body | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Sam Sia, a Biomedical Engineering Professor at Columbia Engineering recently led a team that used biomaterials that can safely be implanted in the body to manufacture microscale-sized machines. Engineers have been studying hydrogels (biocompatible materials) for decades and Sia has used these to make devices that have freely moving, three-dimensional parts. He achieved this by …
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Researchers design one of the strongest, lightest materials known

Researchers design one of the strongest, lightest materials known | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Nerf ball
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Surprise surprise.... (not so much for some), shape matters more than "substance", material properties are still a question of form, just on a different scale. In the words of Stephen Hyde: "Shape determines function, and the energetics of function dictates the optimal structure required".

 

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"The new findings show that the crucial aspect of the new 3-D forms has more to do with their unusual geometrical configuration than with the material itself, which suggests that similar strong, lightweight materials could be made from a variety of materials by creating similar geometric features." and "“You can replace the material itself with anything,” Buehler says. “The geometry is the dominant factor. It’s something that has the potential to transfer to many things.”"

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Emergence

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Emergence is the story of natural laws and processes, their inherent beauty, and their action to yield the universe, us and the world we live in.
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Coppelia Robotics V-REP: Create. Compose. Simulate. Any Robot.

Coppelia Robotics V-REP: Create. Compose. Simulate. Any Robot. | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Robot Simulator Simulation V-REP Virtual Experimentation Platform Coppelia Robotics
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[Exclusive] The Guggenheim's First Robotic Artwork Is Out of Control | The Creators Project

Talking to artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, the ghosts inside the machine.
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Freshly Fallen Snowflakes Make for Stunning Close-Up Photos | The Creators Project

Freshly Fallen Snowflakes Make for Stunning Close-Up Photos | The Creators Project | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Here's how photographer Alexey Kljatov captures his macro images of snow crystals.
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Bricks / Systems

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A wonderful present from Isak Worre Foged

 

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"At first glance, this book may appear eclectic. It contains writings from architectural practice in a language and structure based on subjective views and experiences, combined with research contributions based on systematic design investigations of discrete computational systems. Discussions range from an undulating masonry wall at the University of Virginia erected by then-U.S. President Thomas Jefferson to agile robotic manufacturing processes and computational solver strategies based on graph networks. Conversely, the focus of this anthology is expressed directly in the title: bricks and systems. The basis for this theme is the work conducted at the Utzon(x) Research Group at Aalborg University, in combination with the rich tradition and implementation of masonry work in Denmark, which has attracted increasing attention from architectural practitioners and researchers alike. How should one understand this book, with its widely varied yet converging contributions? As stated by German architect Frei Otto, buildings should be understood as auxiliary means—they are not ends in themselves. We believe this book should be understood through the same lens. It connects, rather than concludes, and it aims to illustrate and identify new modes of working in architecture, particularly with regards to brickwork and other complex systems of modular assemblies, whether physical or digital."

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e-book: Opinions and Outlook on Morphological Computation

e-book: Opinions and Outlook on Morphological Computation | e.cloud | Scoop.it
E-book on Opinions and Outlook on Morphological Computation

Editors: Helmut Hauser, Rudolf M. Füchslin, Rolf Pfeifer
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MICRON3DP introduces high-res glass 3D printer capable of 100-micron layer thickness

MICRON3DP introduces high-res glass 3D printer capable of 100-micron layer thickness | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Israeli company MICRON3DP is hoping to shatter 3D printing expectations with its innovative glass 3D printer, capable of high resolution printing and layer thicknesses of as little as 100 microns.
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Buildings Printed by Robots - the Future of Architecture

3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way humans manufacture and build things, from the small scale to the very large. By combining robots wit
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The Curse of the Title strikes again, but this is an interesting account on the current state of Branch Technologies

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The Curse of the Title strikes again, but this is an interesting account on the current state of Branch Technologies

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The Curse of the Title strikes again, but this is an interesting account on the current state of Branch Technologies

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The Origin of Stripes

Under Magnitude, the most recent permanent structure from MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY, evolves the studio's invention of a topological-walking stripe-based material…
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"The Origin of Stripes" -- a 2min video on the making off and principles relying behind THEVERYMANY's #UnderMagnitude permanent structure in Orlando.

#TangentialContinuity: continuous skin along direction of forces, connected by tangential overlaps (as opposed to ribs, tabs, folds,...)

#Stripes #MeshWalking: Fornes's invention on "topological-mesh-walking" as a structural stripe-based material system.

#ExtensiveCurvature: maximizing global double curvature to increase structural performance (as demonstrated through the work of the German Architect and Engineer Frei Otto)

#IntensiveCurvature: maximizing double curvature while constraining maximum radii (triggers curling, branching,...)
key premise within the work of THEVERYMANY.

#ShellFromShells: Self-supported structure composed of sub-elements yet made of a single continuous surface.
(an advanced hybrid model between conventional structural systems based on the dichotomy columns-beams and continuous self-supported shells)

#UltraThin #SelfSupported Structure: walking on less then one millimeter thick.

MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY
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New Stratasys 3D Demonstrators Build Bigger, Lighter Parts for Auto and Aero

Stratasys has recently unveiled two new pieces of game-changing additive manufacturing technology: the Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator and the Roboti
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Max Cooper - Order from Chaos - Official Video by Maxime Causeret

I'm really excited about this video project, after the first live show it was the part that everyone was asking about - It is a beautiful humanised exploration…
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Max Cooper - Order from Chaos - Official Video by Maxime Causeret

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A Remarkable New Theory of Emergent Gravity

A Remarkable New Theory of Emergent Gravity | e.cloud | Scoop.it
A theoretical physicist proposes a new way to think about gravity and dark matter.
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Amazon patents show flying warehouses that send delivery drones to your door

Amazon patents show flying warehouses that send delivery drones to your door | e.cloud | Scoop.it
We’ve known about Amazon’s drone delivery ambitions since 2013.  But patent filings from Amazon, circulated today by CB Insights' Zoe Leavitt, reveal..
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Abnormal Encephalization in the Age of Machine Learning - Journal #75 September 2016 - e-flux

Abnormal Encephalization in the Age of Machine Learning - Journal #75 September 2016 - e-flux | e.cloud | Scoop.it
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Westworld Is Strikingly Real: AI Could Be Conscious and Unpredictable - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

Westworld Is Strikingly Real: AI Could Be Conscious and Unpredictable - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Westworld recently wrapped its first season with a few stunning twists and a stunning statistic: With a 12-million-viewer average,…
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Meet the World’s First (almost) Completely Soft Robot

Meet the World’s First (almost) Completely Soft Robot | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Researchers use an ingenious design to make a soft robot that moves on its own.
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rethink robotic possibilities