Drinking Water out of Air [#geekgirl]
“I’ve never cared much for billboards. Not in the city, not out of the city — not anywhere, really. It’s like the saying in that old Five Man Electrical Band song. So when the creative director of an ad agency in Peru sent me a picture of what he claimed was the first billboard that produces potable water from air, my initial reaction was: gotta be a hoax, or at best, a gimmick.
Except it’s neither: The billboard pictured here is real, it’s located in Lima, Peru, and it produces around 100 liters of water a day (about 26 gallons) from nothing more than humidity, a basic filtration system and a little gravitational ingenuity.”
Warrior Web Demonstration [#geekgirl]
A Soldier carries a 61-pound load while walking in a prototype DARPA Warrior Web system during an independent evaluation by the U.S. Army. Full story at http://go.usa.gov/bxp4
Cultured Meat, You Say? On A Burger, You Say? [#geekgirl]
The hamburger, assembled from tiny bits of beef muscle tissue grown in a laboratory and to be cooked and eaten at an event in London, perhaps in a few weeks, is meant to show the world — including potential sources of research funds — that so-called in-Vitro meat, or cultured meat, is a reality.
“Let’s make a proof of concept, and change the discussion from ‘this is never going to work’ to, ‘well, we actually showed that it works, but now we need to get funding and work on it,’ “ Dr. Post said in an interview last fall in his office at Maastricht University.”
Need a Spare Human Organ? Print It! [#geekgirl]
“Researchers at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) are working on developing human organs by building body cells layer by layer using a 3D printer.
The team has used the 3D printer to make body cells, including muscle cells, nervous systems cells and cartilage. Professor Mark Cook, director of neurosciences at St Vincent’s Hospital, said 3D body part printing was like ‘bubble jet printers’.
“Instead of putting in ink for printing, you can put in these new materials which will grow tissues successfully,” he said.
ACES director Professor Gordon Wallace said he believed it would be possible to manufacture living tissues like human skin, cartilage, arteries and heart valves which could be used in transplants and other operations within five years. By 2025, scientists could fabricate complete functional organs, tailored for an individual patient.”
The #Science of #Genetically Modified #Food [#geekgirl]
[Now I'm really resisting getting back on my high-horsey here and splathering you all with a rant about the evils of Genetically Modified/Engineered Organisms, Monsanto, and animal cloning (just thought I'd throw that last one in there for topically associated reasons).]
In all seriousness, the above video does give an interesting (if somewhat softened) view of
this scarily untested and dangerous corporate-monopolised area that messes with all Darwin held dearwhat GMOs are and how they work. Oh and fellow Aussies take note: our laws are no more robust than the States when it comes to the consumption and labelling of GMO-laced foodstuffs, as the True Food Network says here:
The labelling of GE food in Australia is extremely limited and excludes some of the most basic and universally used ingredients. This is despite recent polls indicating that 90% of all Australians want comprehensive labelling for these foods.
GE ingredients appear as hidden ingredients in processed foods, as well as in the meat, eggs and milk produced from animals fed on GE grains. Under Australian labelling laws, only foods where GE proteins can be detected need to be labelled.
Many foods are exempt from labelling requirements.
- Products derived from animals fed GE feed (such as meat, milk, eggs and honey).
- Highly refined GE ingredients (such as cooking oils, sugars, starches) — most processed foods fall into this category and contain some kind of oil or starch.
- Food prepared at bakeries, restaurants and takeaways.
- Foods that are “unintentionally” contaminated with up to 1% GE contamination per ingredient.
Balance-Unbalance Conference Call out: Deadline Nov 20 #arts #science #technology #geekgirl
CALL DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 20, 2012
Balance-Unbalance is an International Conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities. We are thoroughly looking forward to hosting artists, scientists, economists, philosophers, politicians, sociologists, engineers and policy experts from across the world to engage in dialogue and action towards a sustainable future. Balance-Unbalance 2013 will also host a diversity of virtual components allowing global accessibility and significantly reducing the carbon footprint of a major international conference.
One of the main goals of Balance-Unbalance is to develop the role of the arts and artists in dealing with environmental challenges. The previous events held in Buenos Aires in 2010 and Montreal in 2011 (http://balance-unbalance2011.hexagram.ca) provided a powerful platform for reflection, debate, and ideas leading towards Balance-Unbalance 2013, hosted in the UNESCO Noosa Biosphere Reserve on the Sunshine Coast of Australia.
The 2013 conference theme, Future Nature, Future Culture[s] is aimed to provoke discourse around what our elusive future might hold and how transdisciplinary thought and action could be used as tools for positive change.
Submissions are now being accepted for the International Balance-Unbalance 2013 conference to be held at Central Queensland University in Noosa, Australia from May 31 – June 2, 2013. Balance-Unbalance 2013 is being held in the beautiful resort town of Noosa, in parallel with the Floating Land 2013 Green Art festival and just prior to the ISEA 2013 (International Symposium on Electronic Art) conference in Sydney, so participants can maximise their time in Australia by attending all three events.
For more information see our website on www.balance-unbalance2013.org