Currently, scientists are working on the development of a number of materials designed to give robots or prostheses the ability to touch. And although most of them resemble thin, elastic skin, a new alternative is a spongy foam that combines several desirable qualities at once.
At Taft University, a new breed of xenobot robots has been bred from frog embryonic stem cells. At the University of Dublin, they are finding out who should be considered the first animal on the evolutionary tree: a sponge or a comb. At Queen Mary University of London, human DNA is collected directly from the air.
The main news on January 21 is dedicated to marine life — living and artificial. The genome of a lungfish has been sequenced. The structure of a protein that does not curdle in hot water is explained. The lobster shell suggested how to build from concrete. A robot has been built that reproduces the principle of jellyfish movement.
Vaguely reminiscent of the Egyptian cat-like goddess Nude Bastet Japanese T-Robot works... a merchandiser (a distributor of goods) in a supermarket.
More recently, the SuBastian robot, which is capable of diving to a depth of 4.5 kilometers, shot an amazingly beautiful report about the inhabitants of the coral reefs of Australia, we offer to enjoy this beauty together.
Modern science is increasingly aiming at changing living organisms to perform applied tasks. In 2020, scientists from the United States decided to create cyborgs based on locusts that will search for a variety of explosives on the battlefield.
In June, Dmitry Medvedev started talking about a possible transition to a four-day working week. However, neither employees, nor employers, nor sociologists and economists are enthusiastic about this idea. 48% of Russians do not want to switch to a four-day period, as they are afraid of losing wages, and experts say that this will lead to a slowdown in economic growth. At the same time, a four—day period is far from the most exotic prediction that can come true in our lifetime in the not-so-distant future.
Fish and bees rarely intersect in nature, but this is not the case in scientific laboratories. European biologists managed to establish a full-fledged interspecific communication between these distant animals, and the aquarium with the fish was in Switzerland, and the bees were in Austria, 700 km away from them.