Recent Discoveries and Breakthroughs

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Running Shoes Printed from Synthetic Biological Material Have A Life Of Their Own

A new concept for running shoes concerning proto-cell technology has been created by London designer and researcher, Shamees Aden. 3-D printed from synthetic biological material, these shoes have the capacity to repair themselves overnight. Read on for more on these amazing future wearables.


Should Your Self-Driving Car Kill You To Save Others?

Bioethicists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have started considering the programming of self-driving cars faced with inevitable crash situations and have come up with worrying ethical dilemmas. In an unavoidable crash, will your car be programmed to sacrifice you in order to save more strangers in nearby vehicle? Who can be responsible for making such a call?

Tiny Robotic Tentacles: Good Things Do Come In Small Packages

These  innovative soft robotic tentacles could prove to be ideal for delicate microscopic surgery. They can pick up an ant without damage to its body, offering new promise to invasive surgical procedures such as the safe and intricate manipulation  of blood vessels or embryos.

Watch What Happens When A White Blood Cell Dies

Using a technique called time-lapse microscopy, scientists have actually been able to “film” the death of a white blood cell. The painstaking work involved taking hundreds of microscope photos and then viewing them sequentially in rapid succession to produce a motion picture. The result was the first true video of white blood cell death and revealed that the process is not at all what we imagined.

Make Your Own Carbon Nanoparticles

Carbon nanoparticles have been shown to be extremely useful in ferrying pharmaceuticals within the body. They are small enough to escape notice of the body’s immune system and reflect light in such a way that they can be easily distinguished from natural tissues. Unfortunately, their production has always involved complicated and expensive equipment and slow purification processes. Now bioengineers have found a way to produce them in just a few hours with only a microwave and simple household products like molasses and honey.

Fashion Footprint: Clothing, This Is Your Life

Meet Norwegian diplomat turned social entrepreneur, Mariam Naqvi who has  founded Fashion Footprint, a fashion traceability app that can scan clothing  and provide ratings information on everything from factory safety to workers' health.

An Unexpected New Source Of Sustainable Energy: Humidity

Scientists at Columbia University have shown that changes in atmospheric humidity can actually be used to generate minor amounts of electricity – enough to power small gadgets like children’s toys or environmental sensors. The system relies on bacterial spores that swell and shrink in response to changes in moisture. Adhering these spores to a polymer sheet produces what amounts to an artificial muscle that expands and contracts, much like animal muscle, as the moisture in its environment is cycled.


The Horrors of Skincare: Creepy 3D-Printing of Human Skin

For French cosmetic giant, L'Oreal, who banned animal tetsing back in 2003, the need for reconstucted human skin to evauate the safety of its procedures has dramatically increased. Read all about  this cosmetic company's plan to replicate the skin-engineering process on a larger, more precise scale.

Graphene In The Spotlight Again With World’s Thinnest Lightbulb

For the first time, scientists have demonstrated an “on-chip” white light source using graphene. This atomically thin lightbulb opens the door for ultra-thin, transparent and flexible displays – picture a smartphone that you can wrap around your wrist like a bracelet, t-shirts with integrated computers, or Google Glass-style eyewear that is indistinguishable from regular glasses. Not only that, but this new light source also paves the way to integrated photonic circuits, one of the most exciting ways to dramatically increase computing speeds.

Soft Robotic Glove: Lends A Helping Hand To The Disabled

Probably the worst realization for hand-motor impaired individuals is the fact that they cannot perform even the simplest of every day tasks, such as buttoning a shirt, without great difficulty. Read on to learn more about the innovative, wearable tech wonder known as the soft robotic glove.