Today's electric cars and wind turbines rely on a few elements that are mined almost entirely in China. Demand for these materials may soon exceed supply. Will this be China's next great economic advantage?
It may be ugly, but the Frankencamera's design enables rapid development of new photographic techniques.
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People implanted with the first retinal prostheses must learn to interpret their new visual world.
MTI graduate student Yushiro Okamoto explains the idea behind IceWall, which he and fellow architecture graduate student Kian Hiu-Lan Yam designed as part of the MIT150 Festival of Art, Science, and Technology.
Over roughly nine days, a ball of mouse embryonic stem cells (gray) gives rise to a cup-shaped structure (green) with a complex three-dimensional architecture identical to the retina in early development. A tiny sac of cells balloons outward from the clump's surface; then the sac folds in on itself, with retinal pigment cells on the outside and retinal neurons on the inside.
The company has announced a final design, and launch schedule, for a massive new rocket.