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Man-made 'breathing' leaf is an oxygen factory for space travel - CNET

Man-made 'breathing' leaf is an oxygen factory for space travel - CNET | Innovation |
An artificial leaf converts water and light to oxygen, and that's good news for road-tripping to places beyond Earth.

One of the persistent challenges of manned space exploration is that pesky lack of oxygen throughout much of the universe. Here on Earth, trees and other plant life do us a real solid by taking in our bad breath and changing it back to clean, sweet O2.

So what if we could take those biological oxygen factories into space with us, but without all the land, sun, water, soil, and gravity that forests tend to require? This is the point where NASA and Elon Musk should probably start paying attention.

Royal College of Art graduate Julian Melchiorri has created the first man-made, biologically functional leaf that takes in carbon dioxide, water, and light and releases oxygen. The leaf consists of chloroplasts -- the part of a plant cell where photosynthesis happens -- suspended in body made of silk protein.

"This material has an amazing property of stabilizing (the chloroplast) organelles," Melchiorri says in the video below. "As an outcome I have the first photosynthetic material that is living and breathing as a leaf does."

In addition to its potential value to space travel, Melchiorri also imagines the technology literally providing a breath of fresh air to indoor and outdoor spaces here on Earth. The facades of buildings and lampshades could be made to exhale fresh air with just a thin coating of the leaf material.

But perhaps best of all, a man-made breathing leaf could be the key to not just space travel but space colonization. No need to figure out how to till that dry, red Martian dirt to get some nice leafy trees to grow; we could just slap them on the inside of the colony's dome and puff away.

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Why it’s time for journalism to raise its intellectual standards

Why it’s time for journalism to raise its intellectual standards | Innovation |
In a new polemic, Harvard Kennedy School Professor Thomas Patterson calls for sweeping changes to the education of journalists and the practice of journalism.

Via David Sallinen (WAN-IFRA)
Davide Lamagni's insight:

We are all capable of re-posting things, a journalist should be someone paid to investigate the various aspects of a controversial matter and expose them honestly to the general public. We have no need for parrot-fashion repetition of one-sided arguments and misleading reports. 

David Sallinen (WAN-IFRA)'s curator insight, December 16, 2013 12:37 PM

...journalists are still the best positioned to provide trustworthy information...

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Photo Innovation: sedition Selling Fine-Art Photos for the Screen

Photo Innovation: sedition Selling Fine-Art Photos for the Screen | Innovation |

British art star Damien Hirst has sold some of his iconic spot paintings for more than a million dollars. But London-based s[edition] sells Hirst’s spot art for just $21. What collectors get for $21 is not a one-of-a-kind painting but a “digital limited edition,” a high-resolution digital file limited to 10,000 copies and capable of being displayed on any electronic screen from a smartphone to a flat-screen TV.

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Mario Pires's curator insight, January 7, 2014 6:55 AM

Fine art for the screen, This is interesting for two reasons, Screens as a delivery medium for quality fine art in terms of resolution and content, and a technology that can prevent image theft.

James Sherwood-Rogers's curator insight, January 7, 2014 10:31 AM

Art is one of the most advanced marketing industries and Damian Hirst is to the Art World what Steve Jobs was to Electronics. Commercial astute, marketing savvy and design/aesthetic oriented. 


As his Dot Painting Products have plateuaed and saturated demand in each sector, he has breathed new life into them by replatforming them, squeezing all possible value out of them. From original paintings, to edition paintings, to edition prints, to books and products with dots, and now another version, at an even lower price.  


He has continuelously experimented with new distribution models, eschewing the standard gallery or 'channel' sales route for a direct approach via auctions, and then direct via his own gallery.


He once said he was 'Amazed what it was possible to achieve with an E in O Level Art'. At the time he was talking about Art. Bearing in mind he is now the richest artist that has ever lived, he could equally as well have been talking about his extraordinary commercial prowess.