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RoboBees will pollinate crops instead of real bees

August 8th, 2014 at 3:58 pm » Comments Off

As soon as 10 years from now these RoboBees could artificially pollinate a field of crops. Honeybees pollinate nearly one-third of the food we eat but they have been dying at unprecedented rates because of a mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). The situation is so dire that in late June the White House gave a new […]

Mutant worm created that can’t get drunk

July 19th, 2014 at 8:03 am » Comments Off

Genetically engineered worms could ultimately lead to anti-drunk pills for humans. A team of researchers recently made a genetic tweak to worms’ brains that made it impossible for them to get drunk. More specifically, the scientists modified the worms’ genes so that a molecular channel that binds alcohol to their brains would no longer work. […]

DNA computers deliver drugs inside cockroaches

April 13th, 2014 at 8:06 am » Comments Off

As much computing power as a 8-bit computer. Nano-sized entities made of DNA that are able to perform the same kind of logic operations as a silicon-based computer have been introduced into a living animal. A computer inside a cockroach.    

Philips urban beehive lets apartment dwellers harvest fresh honey

February 26th, 2014 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

Urban beehive Philips has just unveiled an innovative urban beehive that enables anyone to harvest fresh hone at home. The pod-like accessory attaches to a hole cut into a pane of glass, and once secured, you’ll be able to peer into the hive while the white entryway on the outside would allow the bees the […]

Scientists attach tiny sensors to bees to study decline in colonies

January 22nd, 2014 at 9:26 am » Comments Off

Honey bee with sensor. Scientists in Australia have devised a way to pinpoint the causes of the global die-off of bees that pollinate a third of the world’s crops: Attach tiny sensors to 5,000 honey bees, and follow where they fly.

Since monitoring emails and phone calls wasn’t enough, NSA now plans to watch you with super tiny drones

November 6th, 2013 at 10:53 am » Comments Off

Black Hornet Flying insects have one huge advantage over humans: the gift of enhanced mobility. Insects are small and nimble enough to get into almost any tight space, so it makes sense to create a similarly sized drone for stealth military missions.    

Florida to test drones in the battle against mosquitoes

August 22nd, 2013 at 8:38 am » Comments Off

Drone packing a shortwave infrared camera to find the pools where larvae are Mosquitoes are a big problem that plagues the world.  We have recently seen a sticker that will render the wearer invisible to mosquitoes.  Now, Florida, the paradise of marshy wetlands i.e. mosquito breeding grounds, is gearing up for an experiment involving aerial drones […]

Farm 432: A kitchen appliance that lets you breed insects for food

August 1st, 2013 at 9:47 am » Comments Off

Farm 432 Insect Breeding device. The Farm 432 Insect Breeding device is a self-contained black soldier fly habitat that allows the flies to breed and produce up to about a pound of larvae a week, which you will then eat. Mmmmm, black soldier fly larvae. (Photos)

The Kite patch makes you invisible to mosquitoes

July 30th, 2013 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

Everyone hates mosquitoes, and the market is flooded with products aimed at getting you rid of the nuisance. A new product, the Kite patch claims to contain natural ingredients that, when worn, make you undetectable to the insects for 48 hours. Better yet, it doesn’t have to be worn on the skin, but will work […]

Silk Pavillion: ’3D printed’ structures created from silkworms

June 13th, 2013 at 9:42 am » Comments Off

We think of 3-D printers as desktop machines.  But Silk Pavillion, a new, stunning piece of architecture by the Mediated Matter Group at MIT Media Lab brings all of those assumptions into question.    

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