Researchers at NASA's Ames Research Center in California have created a biodegradable drone:
The bio-drone prototype is made of a fungus called mycelium. and its covered cellulose sheets grown in the lab using bacteria. The electronic circuits were printed in silver nanoparticle ink.
The propellers and battery are pretty standard, and won't biodegrade.
The team is working on the creation of sensors using e Coli bacteria.
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If you are not a software developer, you should watch the first few minutes and the last five minutes. (Or watch it all if you want the full experience :)
I stumbled on this while doing some reading on ideas of current interest to me and I am so glad I did. I just kept finding myself thinking "Yes! This!" I believe I mentioned publicly somewhere recently that I had been reading an essay written in 1992 about the history of Smalltalk by one of its inventors; the number of tie-ins and call-backs between this presentation and that essay was pretty astounding. The message is there if we wish to hear it.
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