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Lab grown meat prices have dropped 30,000 times in less than four years and are about 3-4 times more expensive than regular ground beef

March 23rd, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Lab-grown meat could be on your plate within the next five years. For the past few years, the barrier to getting test-tube meat into the hands of consumers has been the cost of production. In 2013, it was around $325,000 to make this stuff in a lab, but the process has been refined, and the […]



The Future of Zoos: Challenges Force Zoos to Change in Big Ways

March 10th, 2017 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

For a mother escorting her kids through the Philadelphia Zoo, it was a close encounter of the ferocious kind. Directly in front of her as she strolled down the zoo’s main walkway was a Siberian tiger, a 400-plus-lb. carnivore capable of tearing apart a wild antelope. But rather than panic, the family laughed. The tiger […]



Robots are transforming how we see wildlife

January 24th, 2017 at 10:51 am » Comments Off

Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas had long wanted to add up-close-and-personal images of iconic African animals to his portfolio. But to get those intimate shot of lions and leopards, he would need to crawl up right next to their sharp-toothed faces. So Burrard-Lucas devised a far less deadly alternative.



Beer Company Invents Six-Pack Rings That Feed, Rather Than Kill, Marine Life

October 10th, 2016 at 6:14 am » Comments Off

A craft beer company and an ad agency brewed up a brilliant idea to save marine life if six-pack rings end up in the ocean. Are you aware that 80% of the plastic humans throw away ends up in the oceans? The sad reality is made worse when one learns that, as a result, billions of […]



There’s a Dog Version of Airbnb, Uber and Almost Every Other Service You Use

August 27th, 2016 at 6:43 am » Comments Off

Casper is the latest startup to chase the pet market. You may have heard of Casper, the flashy startup that’s been credited with “waking up” the sleepy mattress industry by selling direct-to-consumer. Casper, as you probably guessed, makes mattresses for humans.



Robots, drones and cows that milk themselves

June 14th, 2016 at 2:36 pm » Comments Off

These cows are in no hurry and meander to the dairy. They stop as they please along the way. Chew cud. Moo. Drop pats. Moo again. They nudge the soft earth or a companion before snorting and continuing on up through the paddocks to the shed.



3D printed ovaries allow for infertile mice to produce babies

April 6th, 2016 at 7:57 am » Comments Off

New research has shown that a 3D-printed scaffolding could restore function to mice that had their ovaries removed. The scientists presented their research last week at the annual Endocrine Society meeting in Boston. The mice they were testing gave birth to healthy pups. Hopefully, in the future, this procedure can restore functionality to women who have […]



Hacker Cats: A New Threat to your WI-FI

April 5th, 2016 at 11:56 am » Comments Off

  On a clear day last fall, an attached smartphone-sized Raspberry Pi computer, was harnessed and carefully fitted onto a cat, by German digital media student Dennis Siegel. Cosmo, a fluffy Maine coon hit the streets with a small device designed to tap into and amplify local Wi-Fi networks. As Cosmo wandered through a nearby park, […]



3D printed thyroid gland implanted into mice

November 5th, 2015 at 6:51 pm » Comments Off

With new advancements happening on a regular basis in the world of bioprinting, it’s hard to determine just which company is furthest ahead.  Is it Organovo, the publicly traded company already working to create 3D printed mini kidneys with Australian researchers? Or is it one of the many research institutions making advancements in 3D printing ear drums, blood […]



Researchers develop new test that detects all viruses that infect people and animals

October 23rd, 2015 at 5:58 pm » Comments Off

There are some 320,000 unique mammalian viruses, according to estimates by virologists, and likely exponentially more existing on the planet today. Determining an accurate number would require billions more dollars and a great deal more manpower than is currently given to the study of viruses. Though a handful of viruses live in and on our bodies at […]



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