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Exploring body architecture with Lucy McRae

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Exploring body architecture with Lucy McRae
As evolution goes on, the human body is evolving too. What does it mean to be human in times of advanced biotechnology and genetic engineering? Are our bodies ready for our technologized lifestyle? We spoke with science fiction artist and body architect Lucy McRae, who is exploring the future of our body, beauty and the […]
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Human-animal hybrids are coming and could be used to grow organs for transplant

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Human-animal hybrids are coming and could be used to grow organs for transplant
Around the world thousands of people are on organ donor waiting lists. While some of those people will receive the organ transplants they need in time, the sad reality is that many will die waiting. But controversial new research may provide a way to address this crisis. Japan has recently overturned its ban on the […]
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Q: How will a technology enter the human habitat?

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Q: How will a technology enter the human habitat?
This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit In the late nineties, the Tamagotchi egg was released. A small egg-shaped device that contained a digital creature that the owner had to ‘breed’ and take care of. The toy somehow normalized the experience of having some digital device in your pocket that sometimes […]
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How AI is reshaping electronic music

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How AI is reshaping electronic music
The idea that AI can compose electronic music may sound a little off to people. It raises essential questions about creativity as a product exclusive to humans: can an AI be creative? Can it be musical? Can it compete with human-made melodies? Does it need to? More and more, AI has set foot in the […]
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Next Nature Night: Future food is on the menu

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Next Nature Night: Future food is on the menu
Always thinking about food? What about food that doesn’t exist yet? On the 22nd of September at De Studio, Next Nature Network will host a night of talks on the future of food and beyond. The event will expand on themes presented in the Future Food exhibition, a collaboration between NNN and NEMO science museum, […]
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There’s a new urgency for speculative design. Here’s why

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There’s a new urgency for speculative design. Here’s why
Pink chickens, synthesized tiger penises and salads grown from bodily fluids – how could they shape our future? In a Next Nature collaboration with the Gogbot Festival, the event’s 2019 conference challenged audience members to suspend their disbelief and imagine. In a series of fascinating presentations from designers, artists, scientists and bio-hackers, participants and audience […]
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Iceland is mourning a dead glacier

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Iceland is mourning a dead glacier
Death certificates and commemorative plaques aren’t something you’d normally associate with a glacier. But that is exactly how Iceland recently mourned the loss of 700-year-old Okjökull, the first of its major glaciers to die. This is just one early example of events we will encounter more and more often as the hot new world we […]
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What is a species?

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What is a species?
A koala bear isn’t actually a bear, it’s a marsupial. Whales aren’t fish, they’re mammals. Tomatoes aren’t vegetables, they’re fruit. Almost nothing is actually a nut. Peanuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans and almonds: none of them are really nuts (for the record, peanuts are legumes, Brazils and cashews are seeds, and the others are […]
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Q: How will we co-evolve with technology?

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Q: How will we co-evolve with technology?
This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit Cooking is a process through which humans outsource part of their bodily functions to technology (think barbebque, fireplace, microwave). It allowed early humans to intake more calories, which let their brains grow bigger but simultaneously weaken their jaw bones. This is a powerful example […]
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A guide to parenting with AI Barbie

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A guide to parenting with AI Barbie
The rise of artificial intelligence has brought us more advanced toys. If AI Barbie and her talking robotic friends are going to raise our kids, what would their parenting style be like? In the nineties, Tamagotchi was hugely popular amongst kids; the egg-shaped key chain wasn’t to be let out of your sight, ever. Four […]
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Researchers find the ocean’s missing plastic

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Researchers find the ocean’s missing plastic
But it’s not good news. Mark Bruer reports.
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Shorter people at greater risk of type 2 diabetes

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Shorter people at greater risk of type 2 diabetes
New study finds being tall and thin is an advantage.
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K2-18b is like Earth, but not

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K2-18b is like Earth, but not
Richard A Lovett explores the significance of finding water in an atmosphere 110 light-years away.
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Pterosaur identified, 30 years on

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Pterosaur identified, 30 years on
Cryodrakon boreas was a new genus and species.
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Seductive light from the dark side

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Seductive light from the dark side
The promise of power at night flickers for a quarter of the developing world’s population. Ian Connellan reports.
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The rocks below a famous crater

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The rocks below a famous crater
Geologists examine what unfolded after that asteroid hit. Richard A Lovett reports.
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In the face of danger, it might be osteocalcin kicking in

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In the face of danger, it might be osteocalcin kicking in
Skeleton important in preparing for a fight or flight response, research shows.
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'Supercooling' keeps livers longer

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'Supercooling' keeps livers longer
Breakthrough could provide a bigger transplant window. 
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Poetic praise for an award well won

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Poetic praise for an award well won
Australian immunologist celebrated in a novel way.
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Brain-machine interface set to improve life for amputees

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Brain-machine interface set to improve life for amputees
Small study finds implanted electrodes lead to less stressful prosthetics. Barry Keily reports.
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There’s no place like home

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There’s no place like home
Some butterflies stick to their burbs.
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The hunt for a 12-billion-year-old signal

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The hunt for a 12-billion-year-old signal
Astronomers nudging closer thanks to data from a remote part of Australia.
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Enormous bubbles discovered near centre of the Milky Way

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Enormous bubbles discovered near centre of the Milky Way
South African telescopes capture the aftermath of a high-energy event. Richard A Lovett reports.
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Will genetic screening of athletes change sport as we know it?

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Will genetic screening of athletes change sport as we know it?
There’s little evidence that performance capacity can be predicted based on genes, writes Gregory Haff from Australia’s Edith Cowan University.
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Researchers design robot glider that takes off from water

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Researchers design robot glider that takes off from water
Acetylene gas offers solution to high power demand. Barry Keily reports.
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A new view of Messier 81

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A new view of Messier 81
Infrared image released to celebrate Spitzer’s sweet 16.
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A kangaroo unlike those we know

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A kangaroo unlike those we know
Digital modelling confirms giant marsupial had a different skull, a dull diet and a bite to be reckoned with. Ian Connellan reports. 
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A new approach to 3D printing human organs

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A new approach to 3D printing human organs
Adding blood vessels overcomes important limitations. Paul Biegler reports. 
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To create skin like a chameleon’s, watch a chameleon closely

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To create skin like a chameleon’s, watch a chameleon closely
The way they change colour is even smarter that we thought.
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The oldest genetic data ever found

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The oldest genetic data ever found
Tooth enamel delivers, where DNA can’t.
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