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Dec 8, 2017

Artificial Organs: We’re Entering an Era Where Transplants Are Obsolete

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, life extension

Advances in regenerative medicine, particularly stem cells and 3D-bioprinted organs, could soon make heart transplantation an obsolete medical procedure.

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Dec 8, 2017

Researchers Created a Platform That Prints With Living Matter

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, space

3D printing has come a long way. In a new study, scientists explore the potential of using bacteria-laced ink to print living materials.

From pizza to urine-based space plastic and even blood vessels, it seems there’s no limit to what can be 3D printed. A new 3D printing platform, created by ETH researchers led by Professor André Studart, head of the Laboratory for Complex Materials, is advancing the process by working with living materials. The specially designed material is actually an ink infused with bacteria. The machine is then able to print living biochemical designs for a wide variety of purposes, which vary depending on the bacteria used. Their research has been published in Science Advances.

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Dec 8, 2017

Elon Musk’s Boring Company Just Released a Map of Its Proposed LA Tunnel System

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, transportation

Elon Musk’s Boring Company, which was founded to create tunnels for an underground transportation system in Los Angeles, has released a map illustrating a proposed network for those tunnels.

The Boring Company was i nspired by Musk’s frustrations with LA’s notoriously congested traffic. Operating beneath Interstate 105, the tunnels would hold large electric skates that could transport cars at speeds of up to 150 mph (241 km/h).

Commuters without their own vehicles would be able to travel in communal passenger cars.

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Dec 8, 2017

China Has Launched World’s First Electric Zero-Emissions Cargo Ship

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

China is now the proud owner of the world’s first all-electric cargo ship and has already put the vehicle to use.

As reported by China Daily, the 2,000-metric-ton ship was launched in the city of Guangzhou last month and runs in the inland section of the Pearl River.

Constructed by Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Ltd, it can travel 80 kilometres (approximately 50 miles) after being charged for two hours. As noted by Clean Technica, two hours is roughly the amount of time it would take to unload the ship’s cargo while docked.

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Dec 8, 2017

Solar power glass bricks generate energy while letting in light

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

These glass bricks serve as solar panels AND windows.

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Dec 8, 2017

Seattle is building the world’s first floating passenger train

Posted by in category: transportation

Construction has begun on a light rail on a floating bridge in Seattle, Washington.

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Dec 8, 2017

Canada begins paying basic income to citizens

Posted by in categories: economics, health, policy

Canada is testing a basic income to discover what impact the policy has on unemployed people and those on low incomes.

The province of Ontario is planning to give 4,000 citizens thousands of dollars a month and assess how it affects their health, wellbeing, earnings and productivity.

It is among a number of regions and countries across the globe that are now piloting the scheme, which sees residents given a certain amount of money each month regardless of whether or not they are in work.

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Dec 8, 2017

Google’s new ‘landscraper’ will be as long as a super-tall skyscraper is high — and it could be the next big building trend

Posted by in category: futurism

Futurist Amy Webb says that landscrapers — buildings that are extremely long rather than tall — will become more mainstream in sprawling metros.

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Dec 8, 2017

The Mirror Neuron Revolution: Explaining What Makes Humans Social

Posted by in categories: entertainment, neuroscience

Neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni discusses mirror neurons, autism and the potentially damaging effects of violent movies.

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Dec 8, 2017

Elon Musk’s Tunnel Through L.A. Just Happens To Go From His House To His Office

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

The Boring Company could ease L.A.’s traffic problems, especially for one very special commuter.

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