3D Printing with sound, new tech opens door to printed cosmetics, food, and drugs

3D Printing with sound, new tech opens door to printed cosmetics, food, and drugs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As 3D printing becomes more popular the ability to control the size of droplets opens the door to 3D printing everything from cosmetics and materials, to pharmaceutical drugs.   Harvard University has announced that its researchers have developed a way to print objects using sound....

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A US start up has created the world’s first fully autonomous vertical farm

A US start up has created the world’s first fully autonomous vertical farm

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As global population grows we need new ways to produce affordable quality food, and vertical farms are increasingly the answer.   Vertical farms that can grow eight times the crops using no chemicals, herbicides or pesticides, and with 99 percent less water than traditional farms...

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Genetic engineering breakthrough turns chickens into egg laying medicine factories

Genetic engineering breakthrough turns chickens into egg laying medicine factories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to produce drugs and medicines cheaply is important, and this breakthrough breaks grounds on all kinds of fronts.   Ordinarily, when scientists want to produce proteins to use in medicine they have to use techniques that are costly and complex. Recently, however, in...

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Scientists fix a genetic flaw to boost crop yields by 40 percent

Scientists fix a genetic flaw to boost crop yields by 40 percent

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By 2050 we will need to feed 10 billion people, but increasingly we have the technology to ensure noone goes hungry.   Scientists keep playing about with the process of photosynthesis, such as removing it’s natural sunblock, to boost crop yields by up to 30...

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Joint China-Russia atmospheric experiment spikes temperatures over Europe by 100 Celcius

Joint China-Russia atmospheric experiment spikes temperatures over Europe by 100 Celcius

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many ways we can modify our atmosphere but microwave manipulation produces some of the most extreme results.   China and Russia have jointly announced that they modified an important layer of the atmosphere above Europe in order to test a controversial new military...

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Aleph Farms serves up the world’s first lab grown steak

Aleph Farms serves up the world’s first lab grown steak

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By 2050 there will be an estimated 10 billion people on the planet, producing our food in new ways will let us alleviate hunger and feed them all.   Over the past couple of years I’ve been watching the rise of vertical farms, that produce...

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Mine hunting bees tracked with Lidar help farmers boost crop yields

Mine hunting bees tracked with Lidar help farmers boost crop yields

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bees help pollinate nearly 75 percent of our crops, this new system can track their progress and predict deadly colony collapses before they happen.   You might expect to hear an angry buzzing when honeybees have been disturbed. But some apiarists reckon they can also...

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Collapsing bee colonies prompt researchers to build robo bees

Collapsing bee colonies prompt researchers to build robo bees

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We rely on bees to pollinate nearly 75 percent of our crops, but as colonies continue to collapse researchers are looking for new alternatives to pollinate crops.   Food security continues to come under the spotlight which is why we’ve recently seen research that uses...

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OpenAI’s robot hand handles objects with human-like dexterity

OpenAI’s robot hand handles objects with human-like dexterity

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots struggle with tasks that involve dexterity, but that problem could soon be solved.   Artificial Intelligence (AI) advances are increasingly making headlines as we witness breakthrough after breakthrough, whether it’s in the creation of self-driving cars, or in the creation of the world’s first...

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Milk and dairy products without the cow, Perfect Day re-invents dairy

Milk and dairy products without the cow, Perfect Day re-invents dairy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we produce food today is, for the most part, hugely wasteful and has a huge impact on the environment, vertical farms, clean meat, and now other “animal free” products are starting to disrupt the status quo.   Over the past year we’ve seen...

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Stab these soft robots and they’ll self-heal instantly

Stab these soft robots and they’ll self-heal instantly

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Materials are an integral part of many products, and ones that can self-heal will help extend the life and usefulness of the products they’re used to make.   Robots already seem to have a great bag of tricks to draw on. They can balance, run,...

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China starts geo-engineering its atmosphere on a massive scale

China starts geo-engineering its atmosphere on a massive scale

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Asides from being able to make it rain in places where rain traditionally doesn’t fall there are a lot of questions about the broader impact geo-engineering has on other parts of the globe.   Last year China announced plans to spend hundreds of millions of...

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Futurist keynote, Reading: Adapt or Die, Cherwell European Conference

Futurist keynote, Reading: Adapt or Die, Cherwell European Conference

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The pace of change, and disruption, is accelerating. In this presentation I show just how fast, and how crazy, the world’s business environment is getting, it’s impact on every sector, and what you can do to future proof yourself.   Firstly, I’d like to thank...

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Revolutionary Nano-antenna is hundreds times smaller than today’s state of the art

Revolutionary Nano-antenna is hundreds times smaller than today’s state of the art

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s not just our devices that are getting smaller and more powerful, the components that make our devices are also going through their own revolutions.   Recently I discussed how a new Metalense breakthrough from Harvard University will help us realise atomic sized camera lenses,...

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Vertical farms edge closer to disrupting traditional agriculture

Vertical farms edge closer to disrupting traditional agriculture

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s modern agricultural practises favour countries with fertile land and the food they produce has a dramatic impact on the environment, but tomorrows farms could be stationed in deserts, or at sea, right next to their consumers, producing high quality, organic food at knock down...

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Scientists create edible electronics using Graphene to improve food safety

Scientists create edible electronics using Graphene to improve food safety

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to quickly and easily tag foods and other products with sensors and other electronics that can be safely eaten could improve food safety and security.   James Tour believes anything can be turned into the wonder material, Graphene, a material so versatile it...

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China spends $300million to buy lab produced meats from Israel

China spends $300million to buy lab produced meats from Israel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Food production is undergoing a revolution, and technology is helping us move away from what many experts and governments are increasingly seeing as outdated farming techniques to help us feed Earth’s growing population.   Following on from a recent announcement that US start up Plenty...

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New Chinese breakthrough “soil” turns desert into fertile farmland

New Chinese breakthrough “soil” turns desert into fertile farmland

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the amount of desertification around the planet increases, and as the global population continues to grow, humanity needs to find new ways to turn the tide and find new ways to feed a growing population.   Creating a roadmap to combat the spread of...

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US startup secures $200m in funding to build 300 vertical farms across China

US startup secures $200m in funding to build 300 vertical farms across China

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s population will grow by another 2 billion by 2050 and many think today’s agricultural systems won’t cope, as a consequence we need to embrace new forms of sustainable, high yield agriculture.   The agricultural industry is going through a revolution, everything from robotic...

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NASA inspired tech designed for outer space triples crop yields on Earth

NASA inspired tech designed for outer space triples crop yields on Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As Earth’s population grows by another 2 billion in the next few decades scientists are coming up with new ways to feed them and produce food in previously unimaginable ways.   Over the next few decades it’s estimated that the Earth’s population will grow by...

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