Why do some animals eat themselves?

Why do some animals eat themselves?

My recent story for BBC Earth is on autocannibalism, the act of eating oneself. There are many kinds of animals that eat members of their own species but some, either through accident or intention, eat parts of themselves! Read on to satisfy your morbid curiosity.

3D printing Guinness World Records

3D printing Guinness World Records

I have written some short articles for the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Guinness Book of World Records. These records all concern 3D printing and include…

  • First 3D-printed car
  • First village to 3D-print all of its residents
  • First 3D-printed dress
  • First object 3D-printed in space
  • Smallest working power tool
  • First 3D-printed bionic organ
  • Most 3D printed 3D printer
  • Most popular 3D printed medical device
  • Fastest 3D printed running robot
  • Smallest 3D printed medical device
  • Fastest 3D printed object in water
  • Largest 3D printed boat
  • Largest object 3D printed in metal
  • First 3D printed motorcycle
  • Most powerful rocket to use 3D printing
  • First 3D printed pills

3D: printing the future

 

October 2013 saw the opening of ‘3D: printing the future’, an exhibition all about the explosion of 3D printing. With my colleagues we researched the most interesting commercial, industrial and medical applications whilst delving into personal stories of the pioneers, innovators and early users of 3D printed applications.

The exhibition ran for over a year and it’s hard to convey the excitement of knowing that millions of visitors would have seen my handiwork.

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Can clever nets make fishing sustainable?

Can clever nets make fishing sustainable?

The pressure is on for fishing trawlers to reduce the harm they do to the oceans. Their deep-sea nets catch too many of the wrong fish. Much of their catch is waste, which costs them money and reduces biodiversity. ‘SafetyNet‘ can help spare young fish and endangered species from the nets. As a result, they can grow to adulthood and breed to keep their numbers healthy.

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