Seven from Seven: ‘Cyberwhistles’ and Asteroid Collisions

3rd December 2021

Each week, we scour the worlds of innovation, tech for good and social impact to bring you seven of our top stories…

  1. Morrison’s is replacing soya-based chicken feed with insects to produce carbon neutral, free range eggs.
  2. A team in Atlanta has developed a chip that they claim could improve on existing forms of DNA storage by a factor of 100, a major step forward in efforts to store information as molecules of DNA.
  3. Elon Musk pokes fun at whistleblowers with the sale of a $50 ‘Cyberwhistle’, which sold out within hours of going on sale.
  4. A microscopic camera developed by researchers at Princeton University and the University of Washington can capture crisp, full-colour images akin to those taken by normal lenses that are 500,000 times larger.
  5. Xenobots, the first living robots formed from the stem cells of the African clawed frog, can now reproduce in a way that is entirely different from any animal or plant known to science.
  6. Engineers at the University of Arizona have developed an ultra-thin wireless computer that attaches directly to the surface of bone, providing doctors with measurements related to bone health.
  7. In what is labelled the ‘DART’ mission, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has been launched, carrying a small probe that could teach NASA how to save Earth from dangerous asteroids.

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