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How do birds navigate?

FOR decades scientists have known that birds’ ability to navigate with great accuracy over long distances, in some cases migrating from one side of …

4D printing: buildings that can change over time

What if buildings could adapt their shape and form – without any other input from us? Architect Skylar Tibbits says 4D printing could make materials that build themselves.<p>The way we build our structures has become more and more sophisticated. But the materials we build them from are static, waiting …

Emerging Technology

What If You Could Snapchat a Scent?

Meet the new technologies that want to transform fragrances into archives.<p>Fresh-brewed coffee. Towels, just out of the dryer. The sour-sweet of a summer sidewalk. Sweat. Ocean. Brownies baking. Lilies blooming. Musk. We tend to classify scent according to the way we experience it: as a sensation, …

Electric scooter design that makes a hole lot of sense

Scooters are a firm favourite in the developing world – but they are noisy and polluting, and can be dangerously overloaded. One company has come up with a cleaner, safer option.<p>In many parts of the world, the scooter is one of the most popular ways to get around. City streets are crowded with the …

San Francisco

A Manufacturing Tool Builds 3-D Heart Tissue - MIT Technology Review

By adapting a programmable device used to manufacture integrated circuits, researchers have devised a semi-automated process to build polymer …

Nanotech