Observe the infinitely small with a $1 origami microscope

The Foldscope, created by a professor from Stanford, is a foldable paper microscope costing only one dollar. On a trip to Thailand, Manu Prakash was surprised to see that the doctors in a country hospital never used the microscopes available to them because they were too fragile and expensive for field work. Thinking of how robust a pencil is and easy to stick into your … Continue reading Observe the infinitely small with a $1 origami microscope

Biodegrade your sneakers

During a Biofabricate conference in New York dedicated to innovative biomaterials, Adidas presented a prototype featuring a new ultra resistant and biodegradable fiber known as Biosteel. Inspired by natural silk, this new material dissolves within 36 hours when immersed in a bath with enzymes. Developed by AMSilk, a company from Munich, the fiber is made from proteins that imitate spider silk and is 15% lighter … Continue reading Biodegrade your sneakers

Test your vision with your smartphone

Purchasing the right eyeglasses is still a hassle. You have to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist, have your eyes tested, get a prescription and then go to an optician for appropriate frames. Among the different industries, eyewear still finds it difficult to “uberize” in favor of the individual. But this may now change with EyeQue, an accessory that you can attach to your smartphone … Continue reading Test your vision with your smartphone

Decrease the amount of sugar in chocolate bars

Chocolate is a major consumer product that brings both pleasure and guilty feelings because of its frequently high sugar content, notably in processed products. Now there’s some good news for nutrition: last week, Nestlé announced in a press release that company research scientists have found a way to reduce the amount of sugar in chocolate by 40% in certain products without changing the taste. This … Continue reading Decrease the amount of sugar in chocolate bars

Democratize online courses on a professional social network

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which have now become common and are listed on résumés, provide easy access to training for their many fans. These online platforms frequently offer an opportunity to learn more about a given subject, develop new skills or learn how to use a new tool in parallel to the course taker’s main activity. In April 2015, LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional … Continue reading Democratize online courses on a professional social network