With her recent series Displaced, the photographer Linda Kuo examines issues of social justice through the lens of animals illegally imported into the United States; her subjects, torn from their habitats, instincts, and social impulses give voice to the 300 million animals similarly brought to the states as pets. More here.
British Columbia based Hyperstealth Biotechnology has developed a technique called “Quantum Stealth,” which is a type of camouflage that bends light around the wearer of an object to create the illusion of invisibility. Hyperstealth is a Canadian camouflage design company, they work closely with the Canadian military which has over two million military issued uniforms and over 3000 vehicles and fighter jets.
Hyperstealth are not the only ones who have developed this technology. A team of scientists at Purdue University in Indiana has shown that “it can hide events in the path of a continuous light beam by having several holes in time.” Researchers were able to cloak nearly half the data put in the beam’s path, which they would otherwise be able to detect. The study was published in the journal Nature. Full article.
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Michael Burk’s “Therefore I am” Imagines Future Possibilities for Prenatal Screening
As advanced as technology is and with the number of devices and machines available to us, a machine that produces an in-depth look into the life and future of an unborn child, has still yet to be actualized. Ultrasounds and sonograms give us a peek into the life and development of a child while in the womb, but Michael Burk, of the Berlin University of the Arts, has created a way to look deeper into the life and future of those yet to be born. Burk’s Therefore I Am displays his fictional measuring instrument, the purpose of which is to produce a story about one’s life and ultimately their death.
This deeper look into prenatal diagnostics is executed by Burk’s machine, when initiated by the user. A blood sample is inserted, the dial is turned, and animation on the machine’s screen displays images that mimic chromosomes, and strands of deoxyribonucleic acid molecules. Once the machine is finished, it produces and prints a life story based on the blood sample measurement. A typical life story includes the gender of the person, their interests, their sexual orientation, and their career choice. The instrument gives a life, future, and real feel to a person who has yet to even take their first breath.
Despite efforts to limit their use through implementation of charges or bans, billions of plastic bags continue to clog landfills, waterways and the world’s oceans every year. Already a potential source for carbon fiber and carbon nanotubes, researchers have provided another reason not to throw the ubiquitous bags away by converting them into a range of petroleum products.
The researchers from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois used a process known as pyrolysis, which involves heating the plastic bags in an oxygen-free chamber. Although this technique has been used by other research teams to convert plastic bags back into crude oil (which they are originally produced from) the U of I team went the next step and fractionated the crude oil into different petroleum products. Read more.