16 results for “Wetware”

Chrysler Looks to Human Lungs for a Better Gas Tank

Jonathon Markowski
November 24th 2013
Alveoli in human lungs serve as the inspiration for designing better, stronger ways of storing compressed natural gas.

Is the Human Body Redundant?

Rachel Armstrong
March 24th 2012

The increasing ‘liveliness’ of machines and accessibility to the virtual world has raised questions about whether it is possible to uncouple the mind from the body in through a host of different strategies. The basic idea is that if we are able to escape the ties of our own flesh then we can upgrade them and even replace them with immortal ones. Performance artist Stelarc has made some of the most extreme and enduring work on this subject. The artist characteristically …

How to Grow an Organ

Van Mensvoort
January 24th 2010

Buckle up for the state of the art in the fusion of the made & the born. Anthony Atala of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine presented footage of his bio-engineers growing human organs at TEDMED – from muscles to blood vessels to bladders, and more.  Thanks Michèle.…

3D Bioprinter promises tissue on demand

Van Mensvoort
January 18th 2010

Behold "the world's first production model 3D bio-printer." A machine capable of arranging human cells and artificial scaffolds into complex three-dimensional structures, which result in such wonderful things as printed design meat, replacement organ tissue, or perhaps artificially grown teeth.

"Scientists and engineers can use the 3D bio printers to enable placing cells of almost any type into a desired pattern in 3D," says Keith Murphy, CEO of Organovo – the San Diego based company who will supply the devices …

Ear on your arm? Why not?!

ewes
October 18th 2009


For over 40 years Australian artist Stelios Arcadious Stelarc has made art with medical instruments, prosthetics, robots, virtual reality systems and biotechnology to investigate alternate, intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body. In one of the interviews he says: The assumption being that if the body was altered it might mean adjusting its awareness.

His 'Ear on the Arm' piece is a full sized ear constructed of the living cells permanently placed under the skin of Stelarc’s forearm – a …

Craig Venter – Catalyst of evolution

Van Mensvoort
October 10th 2009

If the six hour crash course on synthetic genomics is a bit too much for you, there is always a more snappy TED lecture in which Craig Venter ponders on whether we can create new life out of our digital universe. Needles to ask what his answer is.

Dr. Venter now has a database now with about 20 million genes and thinks of them as the design components of the future. In little over half an hour the audience is …

Reprogramming Skin Cells into Stem Cells

Arnoud van den Heuvel
July 28th 2009

A major breakthrough in the world of genetics: Researchers have successfully reprogrammed skin cells into stem cells. Using a technique called iPS cell reprogramming (developed in Japan 2006) they were able to modify skin cells from mice and grow embryos:

"The mice seem to have a high death rate, with some dying after just two days, and others displaying physical abnormalities, details of which the team would not reveal. But some of their mice passed one of the most fundamental …

The Next Hacking Frontier: Your Brain

Dr Natural
July 12th 2009

WiredScience writes: Hackers who commandeer your computer are bad enough. Now scientists worry that someday, they’ll try to take over your brain.

In the past year, researchers have developed technology that makes it possible to use thoughts to operate a computer, maneuver a wheelchair or even use Twitter — all without lifting a finger. But as neural devices become more complicated — and go wireless — some scientists say the risks of “brain hacking” should be taken seriously.…

Wetware [definition]

Arnoud van den Heuvel
June 3rd 2009


Though its exact definition has shifted over time, the term "wetware" and its fundamental reference to "the physical mind" has been around from the mid-1950s. In its original, intended meaning, wetware is the underlying generative code for an organism, as found in the genetic material, in the biochemistry of the cells and in the architecture of the body’s tissues. It is further used to describe the embodiment of the concepts of the physical construct known as the central nervous system …

Liberate the Breast Cancer Genes

Arnoud van den Heuvel
May 16th 2009

On May 12, 2009 the ACLU and the (not-for-profit) Public Patent Foundation, filed a lawsuit, charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer are unconstitutional and invalid. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of four scientific organizations representing more than 150,000 geneticists, pathologists, and laboratory professionals, as well as individual researchers, breast cancer and women's health groups, genetic counselors and individual women.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has granted thousands of patents on …

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