Biotechnology

Artificial Spider Silk Could Revolutionize Clothing & Warfare Apparel

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We have built supersonic missiles that fly faster than the speed of sound and travelled all the way to the moon; yet the silken threads created by tiny house spiders to catch their prey remains an astonishing marvel of nature’s engineering. As thin as it seems, a spider web can absorb large amount of energy without breaking or losing its […]

Sterile Salmon on your Plate, and You Wouldn’t Know

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Biotechnology is going heads-on into unexplored waters. After bioluminescent plants, there’s another surprise in store for the common man. The US Food and Drug Administration, popular as FDA, recently approved a genetically engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as its natural counterparts on 25 per cent lesser food, and is sterile. The brainchild of AquaBounty, the AquaAdvantage project involves […]

Glowing Plants may Replace Streetlights

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Night snorkeling in Thailand’s Krabi is a great hit among tourists who throng the beach at sundown to enjoy the light emitting waters. In the face of a growing energy crisis, scientists are looking for an immediate quick fix with bioluminescent plants that can replace light bulbs. San Francisco-based technology entrepreneur Antony Evans, and biochemist Omri Amirav-Drory have joined hands […]

Growing Potatoes on Mars

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Mars has regained its stardom on Earth in these last few weeks. First, there was that big buzz about water detected on the red planet, and then there is the blockbuster movie The Martian that’s taking the theatres by storm. On a third dimension, there is NASA’s interest to undertake manned missions to Mars in the next few decades, sometime […]

Relax & Energize with Digital Drug

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Better sleep, reduced hangovers, motivated workouts, increased productivity, active start on a Monday morning – while all these are still persistent items in our ‘to-achieve’ list, Isy Goldwasser set off on a solution finding mode. Result? She created the world’s first digital drug to alter a person’s mood! Goldwasser’s Silicon Valley start up, Thync, has introduced a smartphone-controlled headset, also […]

Organ Failure? Print a New One

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Did you know that since 2013 cosmetics giant L’Oreal Group hasn’t tested its products on animals? Instead, it has been relying on “reconstructed human epidermis” — basically bits of skin grown in a lab — to ensure that its products are safe. Scientists have successfully bioprinted various living human organs like the skin, liver, bones, heart valves, stem cells and […]

Apple & Google to fight Diabetes

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There was a time when diabetes mellitus was pretty much a rarity. With changing lifestyle in a fast paced world, today diabetes is classified as a lifestyle disease. In fact, one in every 19 people around the world has diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 29 million people, or 9.3% of the U.S. population, suffer from high […]

Protein Charges Smartphone in 30 Seconds

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From 0% to 100% in 30 seconds. That’s how long it will take to charge your smartphone battery. Scientists in Israel have succeeded in developing a technology that can charge a smartphone in just 30 seconds. StoreDot Ltd., a University of Tel Aviv-based technology research and development company, showcased its proprietary bio-molecule based smartphone battery charger FlashBattery during the Microsoft […]

Heart Beats to the Song of Life

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“You may want to come and say goodbye to him”: these are the words that hammered through Mary’s phone on March 31, 2014. Her 53-year-old husband, Steve Williams, was in hospital getting treated for the nth time for left ventricular hypertrophy and he had slipped into a coma. But what started as a traumatizing phase for the couple ended with the light […]