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University of Illinois scientists design walking bio-bots, controlled by live muscle cells

Robots, as in automated electro-mechanical devices often imitative of humans or animals, have been around for quite some time. Such machines are usually controlled by highly complex circuitry, centered around an electric motor. A significant development in recent times is the growth of bio-inspired automatons, using biosensors and other biomaterials. Researchers at the University of…



Giuliano Mauri’s ‘Tree Cathedral’ upholds the glorious virtue of nature

Paradisiacal setting complemented by natural construction - this in a nutshell defines the incredibly spectacular and yet resplendently serene Cattedrale Vegetale (Tree Cathedral), originally designed by the late Italian artist Giuliano Mauri. Situated at the foot of Mount Arera, in the scenic Alpine region of Lombardy, Northern Italy; the church in focus is constructed from…




Chevy’s Chaparral 2X Vision to be ‘laser powered’; but is fueled by our imagination

Recent history is witness to the range of racing technologies developed as fruits of collaboration between Chevrolet and Chaparral Racing. Some of these seemingly futuristic advancements pertain to composite monocoque chassis designs and robust power-trains made from lightweight alloys. However, this time around, the partners have taken the path of indulgence and style statement in…


9 commonly used English words with unique historical origins

Previously, we had harped about ten common English words derived from mythical gods and beasts. This time around, we have decided to broaden the scope of etymological influence, and compile a list of ten often used English words that have incredible historical origin stories. (more…)