Round-up: The technology you missed this week

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The Food and Drug Agency (FDA) in the US has approved the DEKA Arm to be used as a prosthetic.

The artificial limb is a mind-controlled prosthetic and is from the company founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen.

Source: The Verge


Antarctic ice sheet will melt 

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Scientist have said that the melting of the Antarctic ice sheet is going to be inevitable.

The study found that many regions of the sheet have already started melting and as more and more of it does there will be a 3m sea-level rise.

Source: Reuters 


Google needs to delete history

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A European court ruling has announced that Google needs to let internet users have the right to be forgotten.

Google and all other search engines are now in the scenario where they must remove links to websites containing certain types of personal data when someone tells them to.

Source: Wired 


Taste the rainbow

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A company based in Switzerland has developed a way to imprint holograms on to chocolate – without using additives.

The company started developing the technology in 2012 and are now working on bringing it to market.

Source: New Scientist


Advertising on the moon

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A Japanese drink maker is sending a can of Pocari Sweat to the moon in what will be the first private moon-landing mission.

There might not be many visitors passing by but it is certainly a very good PR stunt for the company.

Source: The Verge 


In pictures: The biomimetic design projects that copy nature

In order to help our world become more sustainable, one environmental group has said our architecture needs to copy creations in nature more often than it currently does.

Making buildings that are biomimetic, so they imitate elements of nature, can help to save energy and utilise the surroundings around us, Friends of the Earth has said.

The organisation said that using land and water for more than one purpose, producing less waste from healthier diets, and also allowing access to nature for all will help with sustainability.

Mike Childs, who coordinates the Big Ideas Change the World project for Friends of the Earth said learning from nature would provide vital lessons going forward.

“Nature has the amazing capacity to provide humanity with the basic things that we need and we can all learn from nature about how to make sure we use those resources well to enhance our future survival.

“How we interact with nature affects the food we eat, the way we live and our sense of wellbeing, so it is essential that we treat it with respect and look after it.”

“Cities and urban landscapes need to work with nature to make efficient use of natural resources, and to create green spaces and environments that have been shown to enhance our sense of wellbeing.”

The group has highlighted some of the projects which copy nature and show how we can learn from the world around us.

Sahara Forest Project

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The project is set to concentrate the rays of the sun to evaporate sea water – which will leave the salt behind – it will then copy nature by re-condensing it and making it drinkable.

Copying the actions of the Namibian Fog-basking beetle to recondense water has already proven successful in Qatar and could be rolled out on a larger scale.


Image courtesy of Sahara Forest Project


Mountain Data Centre

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This project takes inspiration from the human lung by having a branching structure.

The designers arranged the servers radially inside the mountain to allow the venting of the hot waste air into a central shaft.


Image courtesy of Exploration Architecture


The Biomimetic Office

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This design is entirely naturally lit and has huge cuts for energy costs and carbon-related emissions.

To make the building and construction process as efficient as possible, the building would also have hollow columns to reduce the amount of materials needed.


Image courtesy of Exploration Architecture


The Mobius Project

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The Mobius project in London wants to re-build Silicon Roundabout and include an urban farm and city restaurant.

With food grown on site and the bio-degradable waste going into aerobic digester, the site would be acting like a natural ecosystem.


Image courtesy of Exploration Architecture