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Inside the very big, very controversial business of dog cloning

August 12th, 2018 at 10:47 am » Comments Off

Recently born clones share an incubator. Barbra Streisand is not alone. At a South Korean laboratory, a once-disgraced doctor is replicating hundreds of deceased pets for the rich and famous. It’s made for more than a few questions of bioethics. The surgeon is a showman. Scrubbed in and surrounded by his surgical team, a lavalier […]



The booming business of luxury chicken diapers

August 5th, 2018 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

It’s Instagram’s fault. Julie Baker never intended to become a figurehead of the luxury chicken-diaper industry. Before she launched her brand Pampered Poultry in 2010, she had never even heard of chicken diapers. Around 10 years ago, Baker was raising chickens with her daughter on their small farm in Claremont, New Hampshire when she first […]



Shared mobility is growing, but the ride-sharing economy still has a long way to go

April 20th, 2018 at 9:20 am » Comments Off

If you live in a US city, car-sharing services like Lyft and Uber might seem omnipresent. However, the ride-sharing economy still has a ways to go, at least according to consumer sentiment.



Who’s a good AI? Dog-based data creates a canine machine learning system

April 14th, 2018 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

We’ve trained machine learning systems to identify objects, navigate streets and recognize facial expressions, but as difficult as they may be, they don’t even touch the level of sophistication required to simulate, for example, a dog. Well, this project aims to do just that — in a very limited way, of course. By observing the […]



How close are we to a hamburger grown in a lab?

March 2nd, 2018 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

The creation of in vitro, or “clean,” meat involves extracting stem cells from animals The extracted cells are grown and multiplied in a lab to create meat Experts’ conservative estimates say clean meat will on store shelves by 2021



Water 3.0 solves problem of microplastics and pharmaceuticals in wastewater

October 15th, 2017 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

Last week, Lund University reported that microplastics cross the blood-brain barrier to accumulate in the brains of fish, and this build-up may be related to behavioral disorders in fish, including slower eating and less exploration of their environments.



The bold, tech-fueled plan to save Africa’s big beasts

October 9th, 2017 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

Kenya’s rhinos, elephants, and zebras pull in millions of tourism dollars and supply jobs. Poachers threaten that – but an ambitious programme is combining the influence of local communities and innovative technology to keep them at bay.



Scientists built an external womb to help premature infants survive

June 23rd, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

For expecting parents, 24 weeks is an important milestone. It’s a little more than halfway through pregnancy, and it’s at this age that the fetus has at least a fighting chance of surviving outside its mother’s body. The odds of survival aren’t great—only about half of babies birthed at this age survive—but it’s possible.



World’s first 3D-printed ovaries allow infertile mice to give birth

May 27th, 2017 at 6:44 am » Comments Off

Infertile mice have given birth to healthy pups after having their fertility restored with ovary implants made with a 3D printer. Researchers created the synthetic ovaries by printing porous scaffolds from a gelatin ink and filling them with follicles, the tiny, fluid-holding sacs that contain immature egg cells.



A New Brain-Interface Device Lets You Control Animals With Your Thoughts

April 19th, 2017 at 12:30 pm » Comments Off

TURTLES AND YOUR THOUGHTS A team of researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed technology that allows them to control the movement of turtles using human thought. Think of it as a real life — but significantly scaled down — application of the 2009 blockbuster Avatar concept where humans control the body of an alien […]



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