DNA could be your new hard-drive

DNADNA could be used to store digital information and preserve essential knowledge for thousands of years.

Scientists exploring the archiving DNA conducted a test in which error-free data was downloaded after the equivalent of 2,000 years.

The next challenge is to find a way of searching for information encoded in strands of DNA floating in a drop of liquid.… Read the rest

Your skin could be your next interface

humans-channel4-amc-sci-fi-tv-seriesWhile everyone is touting wearables as the next big thing researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarland University and Carnegie Mellon University are developing a different type of wearable that actually sticks to your skin.

Dubbed iSkin, the silicone rubber-based product is loaded with pressure-sensitive sensors, can made into limitless sizes/shapes and safely adheres to your body.… Read the rest

Butterfly to improve solar energy efficiency

Cabbage White butterflyScientists at Exeter University have been taking a long hard look at the Cabbage White butterfly and believe the way it flies will help to make solar energy cheaper and improve its efficiency.

Cabbage White butterflies take a v-shape posture to warm their muscles before they take off, and the Exeter researchers believe that by mimicking this posture, solar panel could deliver nearly 50 percent more power.… Read the rest