World’s First Living Robots Assembled from Frog Stem Cells

“These are entirely new lifeforms. They have never before existed on Earth,” Michael Levin, the director of the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, tells The Guardian. “They are living, programmable organisms.” Levin and other researchers in the US have created the first-ever living machines: robots composed of biological tissue, assembled from African clawed frog (xenopus laevis) stem cells and designed on …

LEGO Education’s Dynamic New SPIKE Prime for STEAM Learning

Produce and program a robot from a multi-port hub, bricks, sensors and motors

Everyone’s earliest LEGO experiences begin with stacking bricks. This is an observation documented by the team at LEGO Education, an entity within LEGO Group that builds kits and classes to coincide with the STEAM learning system. Founded in 1980, LEGO Education signifies the toy brand’s expansion from pieces and puzzles to lesson plans. Their latest release, SPIKE Prime for middle schoolers, embodies this transformation. From its 528 bricks to its …

Artificial Tongue Detects Counterfeit Whisky

Designed to taste the subtle differences between whiskies—and ultimately detect counterfeit products—the University of Glasgow’s “artificial tongue” uses sub-microscopic slices of aluminum and gold as tastebuds. A checkerboard of these “buds” absorb light differently when in contact with different whiskies. They can identify individual liquids with 99% accuracy. As Slash Gear reports, this technology can also be used “in food safety testing, quality control, security, …