WaterMill: An Appliance for Creating Fresh Drinking Water from Thin Air

WaterMill: An Appliance for Creating Fresh Drinking Water from Thin Air

No plumbing necessary, fresh water as needed

The Watermill is a glorified dehumidifier that pulls water from the air and purifies it to drinking quality. Technically speaking, the WaterMill is an atmospheric water collection device that condenses water vapor and purifies it.

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On the Path to Creating Designer Babies

On the Path to Creating Designer Babies 

This weeks special on designer babies includes the no-cry feature,
along with the pick-up-after-yourself gene, and extra tan skin

News that scientists have for the first time genetically altered a human embryo is drawing fire from some watchdog groups that say it’s a step toward creating “designer babies”. But an author of the study says the work was focused on stem cells. He notes that the researchers used an abnormal embryo that could never have developed into a baby anyway.

“None of us wants to make designer babies,” said Zev Rosenwaks, director of Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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Scientists Creating Archive of All Tree DNA Worldwide

 Scientists Creating Archive of All Tree DNA Worldwide

TreeBOL, or tree barcode of life, will record and save all tree DNA

The New York Botanical Garden may be best known for its orchid shows and colorful blossoms, but its researchers are about to lead a global effort to capture DNA from thousands of tree species from around the world.

The Bronx garden is hosting a meeting this week where participants from various countries will lay the groundwork for how the two-year undertaking to catalog some of the Earth’s vast biodiversity will proceed.

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Craig Venter: Creating Synthetic Life

Can we create new life out of our digital universe?” asks Craig Venter. And his answer is, yes, and pretty soon. He walks the TED2008 audience through his latest research into “fourth-generation fuels” — biologically created fuels with CO2 as their feedstock. His talk covers the details of creating brand-new chromosomes using digital technology, the reasons why we would want to do this, and the bioethics of synthetic life.

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