Reactivate (old) memories with a neural prosthesis

Volunteers have had significant science experience at the Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center in the state of North Carolina in the United States. 17 guinea pigs were able to reactivate a memory thanks to implanted electrodes that reproduce the activity of the neurons linked to this particular memory. The discovery of this cerebral prosthesis is mainly intended for patients with neurodegenerative pathologies such as … Continue reading Reactivate (old) memories with a neural prosthesis

Support frugal innovation

  Navi Radjou is the theorist behind frugal innovation : rather than decreasing, he prefers the term Jugaad (“hack” in Hindi, doing more with less) which can be a source of innovation and even a better quality of life. The circular economy would be an initial prerequisite as the classic linear model demonstrates its limits on a daily basis. We live in an ecosystem in which everything … Continue reading Support frugal innovation

3D printing in construction is real

At the meeting point of robotics, architecture and materials science, the first French house built by 3D printing was inaugurated in Nantes on 21 March 2018. It was the second fix, such as door frames and windows, which caused the delay because of the bad weather over winter. The main achievement came in September 2017, from the giant robot designed by the University of Nantes, … Continue reading 3D printing in construction is real

Agriculture: replacing pesticides with music

What if the debate about pesticides could be silenced by music? The concept may seem somewhat Utopian, but this is nonetheless the outlandish claim of the French company Genodics nine years ago, in 2008. Against all expectations, the solution seems to be bearing fruit, in particular for one farmer in Bouches-du-Rhône who recently rescued 60 hectares of crops by exposing them to music. Contaminated by … Continue reading Agriculture: replacing pesticides with music

Illuminate with the Bioluminescence of bacteria

Bioluminescence is a chemical reaction controlled by a gene enabling certain living organisms to produce light. Many marine species are able to do so, such as algae, jellyfish, squid and shrimp. The Glowee startup, established in 2014, is developing a biological lighting system which uses the natural properties of bioluminescent marine organisms to rethink how we produce and use light. Glowee offers a luminous and … Continue reading Illuminate with the Bioluminescence of bacteria