Move Over Spider-Man, and Make Room for… Silkworm-Man?

Peter Parker might have competition (at least, the spiders who bit him do).Researchers in China have strengthened the silkworm’s threading by feeding them graphene. Graphene is single-walled carbon nanotubing.Silkworms typically eat white mulberry leaves. Yingying Zhang and her colleagues from Tsinghua University sprayed the mulberry leaves with a solution containing 0.2 percent graphene. They then produced the silk...

Robot-Made Pizza – The Quickest Way to Get Your Carb Fix

Robot-made pizzas might revolutionize the way we get our cheesy fix, hotter and faster than ever before. Artificial intelligence is making inroads into the massive, $40 billion USD pizza industry.Zume Pizza wants “to provide the very best pizza delivery experience in the world, and to delight each and every customer”.Some say they have succeeded. Since debuting this June, the pizza company has become...

Italian Man Builds Entire Theme Park by Hand

An Italian man simply known as Bruno dedicated 40 years of his life to construct perhaps one of the most impressive theme parks in the world. Moreover, he built it by hand.Building a theme park by hand is likely not very high on the to-do list of many restaurant owners. However, Bruno, a restaurant owner and now an...

Mechatronic Art: Melding Engineering and Art in Perfect Balance

Is it art or engineering? What about both?That’s what students at Florida State University ask themselves each day in Mechatronic Art II. The course looks to combine the artsy with the ergonomic, the interesting with the innovative. It takes students from different disciplines and forces them to collaborate to craft new solutions.Few could argue against  a strong connection...

MAVEN’s Journey: Everything We’ve Learned in a Martian Year

A year on Mars takes 687 Earth days, almost two full years on Earth. In this time, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission made some key discoveries about our fascinating red neighbor.October 3 marked the first Martian anniversary of the MAVEN mission, a collaboration between the University of Colorado and NASA. MAVEN’s goal is to explore Mars’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere, and...

Tuning In to the Creepy ‘Ghost Frequency’

Ghost stories thrive in any culture. Odysseus experiences them in Homer’s Odyssey as he travels through the underworld. Dante’s Divine Comedy brings Dante face-to-face with spirits of his history. Spooks, happy haunts, specters and demons take the blame for the inexplicable, but science might be able to explain some of it. (However, we’ll still gladly let the Warrens...

NASA Caught a Black Hole Devouring a Star

Moral of this story: don’t ever get too close to a black hole. According to recent discoveries, it’s everything science fiction warned us about.NASA released new photos of a black hole swallowing up a star. This consumption is dubbed “stellar tidal disruptions,” NASA said. The event leads to a huge amount of energy and high-energy radiation.“When a star...

Grow Your Own Veggies at Home with One Click

One app lets users grow their own salad greens, veggies and herbs just by clicking a button. The Click & Grow Wall Farm allows you to grow fresh fruits and veggies hyper-locally year round.The product is a great solution to those interested in indoor gardening, guerilla gardening, permaculture or responsible farming. The innovative Wall Farms and Smart Gardens are designed to...

Dutch Bank Replaces Tellers with Technology

ING, a major Dutch bank, announced they’ll save $1 billion (900 million Euro) by cutting 5,800 jobs.They called it a “digital transformation,” as ING looks to invest 800 million Euro over the next five years on technology.The number of branches will also be cut. In Belgium alone, ING will close nearly half its branches. Most job losses will...

Engineering Squishy Robots to Tackle Tricky Places

MIT engineers are developing ‘phase-changing’ materials for robots to squeeze into small spaces.Professor Anette Hosoi and her team created technology made of foam and wax to deform the robots. Other members of the team include Hosoi’s former graduate student Nadia Cheng and researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization. The materials make it a viable and cheaper...