DATA TRANSFER BETWEEN COMPUTER AND CELL

Scientists at Columbia University have used a modified CRISPR system in order to write information into the DNA of living bacteria. Specifically, the researchers used a CRISPR-based cellular recorder as well as E. coli bacteria which significantly change their genomes when a voltage is applied. The genomic patterns “Power on “ and “Power off” correspond … Read more DATA TRANSFER BETWEEN COMPUTER AND CELL

GENERATING SOLAR ENERGY BY UPCYCLING BIO-WASTE

Carvey Ehren Maigue, a scientist at Mapua University in the Philippines has developed solar panels that can produce energy even without direct sunlight. The concept is based on luminescent particles from fruit and vegetable waste that is integrated into the glass. The particles can convert UV light that passes through thick clouds and thereby represents … Read more GENERATING SOLAR ENERGY BY UPCYCLING BIO-WASTE

AI-CHIP WITH BRAIN-LIKE FUNCTIONALITY

Researchers at RMIT University have developed artificial intelligence technology that brings together imaging, processing, machine learning and memory in one electronic chip, powered by light. The prototype delivers brain-like functionality in one powerful device. The AI chip is based on black phosphorous, which changes electrical resistance in response to different wavelengths of light. It could … Read more AI-CHIP WITH BRAIN-LIKE FUNCTIONALITY

UPCYCLING ASHTRAYS INTO CHARGING STATIONS FOR E-BIKES

The Netherlands has banned smoking in train stations and, as part of a pilot project, is converting ashtrays at railway stations into charging stations for e-bikes. As part of a cooperation between the railway company ProRail and the Amsterdam-based firm Lightwell, the ashtrays in the poles are being replaced by sockets. Two e-bikes can then … Read more UPCYCLING ASHTRAYS INTO CHARGING STATIONS FOR E-BIKES

INDIVIDUALLY CUSTOMIZED IMPLANTS FOR BROKEN BONES

Customized implants for broken bones

Researchers at Saarland University and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence have developed a technique that can be used to make customized implants for patients with broken calf or shin bones to improve the healing process and reduce complications. Using methods from the fields of engineering mechanics, informatics and image processing, any kind of … Read more INDIVIDUALLY CUSTOMIZED IMPLANTS FOR BROKEN BONES

SKI MADE FROM ALGAE-BASED BIOPLASTICS

WNDR Apline Ski made from bioplastics

The start-up WNDR Alpine has replaced the environmentally harmful, petroleum-based plastics usually used in skis with algae-based bioplastics. Specifically, microalgae are genetically engineered to produce all types of different oils when grown and fermented in steel tanks. Much like a brewery produces beer. These oils are then used as building blocks to create new, biobased … Read more SKI MADE FROM ALGAE-BASED BIOPLASTICS