Synthetic Pollenizer uses 3D-printed robotic flowers to help save bees

March 2, 2018 by  
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Over the last 20 years we’ve seen a dramatic decline in bee populations as a result of harmful pesticides and other environmental challenges . So, Brisbane’s Michael Candy proposed a unique solution. The artist’s Synthetic Pollenizer project combines artificial pollination with 3D printing to provide a safe space for bees to continue their important work as pollinators, without some of the inherent risks. The Synthetic Pollenizer is a conceptual project that uses a system of robotic flowers safe for bees to pollinate compared to real plants (potentially contaminated with pesticides). The robotic petals can stand alongside real plants and feature pollen, nectar and a synthetic stamen. “It has taken several years to successfully coax bees into landing on the synthetic pollenisers,” said Candy. “The color and form of the unit are important for attraction as bees have a variety of ways to identify flowers.” Related: Over 700 North American bee species are heading towards extinction The flowers are connected to a network for motor and tubes which push a man-made nectar solution to the petal surface. A pollen trap fits over the hive entrance and collects leftover pollen pellets from the bees’ hind legs which Candy then feeds into the synthetic stamen. Bees pick up the pollen the same way they do from a real flower. “Perhaps in a future where designer crops are no longer able to produce pollen yet still receive it, Candy said, “then the Synthetic Pollenizer could rehabilitate the reproductive cycle of these genetically modified crops”. + Michael Candy Via Dezeen

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Holy Cow: Why rBGH-Free Dairy Matters

October 11, 2017 by  
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Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), or recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), is a synthetic … The post Holy Cow: Why rBGH-Free Dairy Matters appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Russian Designer 3D Prints Underwear to Cleverly Subvert Ban on Synthetic Lace Lingerie

September 7, 2014 by  
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When the Eurasian Union passed a ban on the import and production of synthetic lace lingerie, women across member nations Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan took to the streets in outrage–but to no avail. While most stores have chucked their fancy underwear stock, one German brand called Lascana has discovered a loophole in the law that permits the production and sale of 3D printed custom clothes. Teaming up with Russian designer Viktoria Anoka, Lascana plans to launch a line of 3D-printed undergarments to debut in November. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed clothes , 3d printed lingerie , 3D printing , Eurasian Union , lace lingerie , Lascana , synthetic lace lingerie ban , Viktoria Anoka

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