Category Archives: Biotech

Could This Beetle Fight a Battle in a Bottle With a Paddle?

How to control your beetle. Implant a few electrodes in the pupa. Wait. Control your grown-up zombie beetle with a WII. The critter is a bit of a cyborg actually – part june bug, part computer. The man behind the zombie … Continue reading

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Art in a Petri Dish

    Biophysicists are growing Petri dishes of different species of bacteria in order to develop new antibiotics. The bacteria are subjected to different temperatures and have limited food sources inside the dish. Despite these conditions, most colonies tend to … Continue reading

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Flowers in Your Footsteps

Your old sneakers may smell like something found only in fetid corners of nature, but chances are there’s plenty that’s not natural about them. A pair of Dutch entrepreneurs wants to change that. They’ve created a fully biodegradable shoe that … Continue reading

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Now Now, Eat Your Computer, You Know It’s Good for You

I’ll have some itty bitty salsa with my chips, please. Imagine a computer, complete with processor chip and sensors, so small it could give a grain of salt a run for its money. Now imagine embedding it as a super-smart … Continue reading

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The Long Arm of DARPA

DARPA is intent on developing a mind-controlled robot arm.             No, not that one. This one: The arm, which was developed at a cost of over $100 million by DARPA and Johns Hopkins University over … Continue reading

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Help from Kelp

Researchers at Rice University have used inexpensive size-tunable microsponges derived from seaweed to store biomarkers in a device the size of a credit card which can be magnified and viewed by a microscope assembly the size of a toaster. That … Continue reading

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