Read my article for SciDev.Net on the rate of spread of Ebola relative to the kind of community it’s spreading through. The research in question may seem obvious but it’s important to the future of health policy that intuition is supported by evidence.
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
- Civil Aviation Authority prohibits drones from flying too close to airports
- Sections of solar plane journey will take days, so pilot only takes 20-minute naps
- UK-built firsts on Bloodhound include a jet, a rocket, software and 3D-printed components
- Health experts test for disease-carrying insects at seaports and airports
- Russian space agency says failed rocket burned up in the atmosphere
- Scientists say animal welfare has improved greatly
- Philae lander is equipped with drills, radar, lasers and chemical probes
- Pope Francis argues that we need to invest more in renewable energy
You Have Been Upgraded was a festival of human enhancement held at the Science Museum in March 2015. The festival transformed part of the Museum into a futuristic expo of biotechnology, featuring a mix of scientists, experts, artists and a bold theatrical performance.
Created by the Science Museum in collaboration with Unlimited Theatre, You Have Been Upgraded imagined a world where biotechnologists were elevated to rock star status by a new mega-company. Festival visitors entered a world where the boundaries of what it means to ‘be a normal human’ are broad, flexible and highly personal.
I commissioned and oversaw production of this short film made by Chocolate Films.
In 2004 the Rosetta space probe and its lander Philae left Earth and began their journey to a distant comet. Now that Philae has landed on the surface safely, scientists are studying the comet remotely to uncover secrets about the origins of our Solar System.
- Kepler space telescope helps experts create a ‘star clock’
- New antibiotic discovered by digging in soil
- 20 minutes of light exercise each day could stave off preventable diseases
- GM bugs have custom built-in code that stops them sharing their artificial DNA
- Some very bright people suggest we should be worried about AI
- Facial recognition is so efficient a smartphone could recognise billions of faces
- UK sugar regulations are tougher than the World Health Organization’s guidelines
- DeepMind gave AI classic games to explore, it can now beat humans at most of them
- Electricity from new tidal power station cheaper than from nuclear
- Researchers used MRI to look at the part of the brain responsible for dishing out rewards
- Doctors stress that with radiation therapy timing is everything
- Genetic researchers find tobacco plants (Nicotiana tabacum) easy to experiment on
- Mangalyaan probe cost $74 million, around $600 million less than NASA’s Maven Mars orbiter
- At 2500 km wide an unnamed feature covers 17% of the Moon
- The Wellcome Trust spends £4 million studying how neuroscience can improve education
- People whose symptoms could be linked to Ebola will be asked questions about their travel history
- 4.5 gigawatts of wind power provided energy to millions of British homes daily
- Comet lander Philae didn’t fire harpoons, so it’s only held down by the comet’s weak gravity
- About 500 camera feeds from the UK are leaked, from homes, businesses and even a gym
- Volunteers received a large or small test dose of an Ebola vaccine to test its safety
- EU court judgement suggests employers unfairly required to cater for the needs of obese people
- Big plans for medical data, it may be anonymous, but people can still opt out if they wish
- Being cold makes your ‘brown fat’ generate a lot of heat
- Effect of new pills to help focus only seem to work in men
- Facebook collaborated with Cornell and California Universities to study 689,000 users
- Participants in a test self-reported their results, then examiners tested how honest they were
- There is no vaccine or cure for Ebola, but it can only infect other people via bodily fluids
- Unsurprisingly, young people use technology more, with 6-year-olds being as savvy as 45-year-olds
- GM flies produced by researchers have ‘pre-pupal female lethality’
- Each year obesity may be responsible for 12,000 cancer cases in the UK
- Botox disrupts the vagus nerve, which goes from the brain to the stomach
- Researchers used optogenetic switches, which control neurons (brain cells) with coloured light
Scientists in Brazil are flying through the clouds around the city of Manaus. They collect data on how air pollution affects rainfall. With this information they hope to influence national climate policy.
T3 have spoke to me a couple of times now about 3D printing and other creative technologies.
Here are some interviews I gave for the Science Museum exhibition I made called 3D: printing the future and for a festival I ran there called Make.Hack.Do.