Friday, 02 November 2018 00:00

New Museum Showcases Greek Technology

The world’s first computer, first operational robot, and first steam engine are all on display at the recently-opened Kostas Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology in Athens, Greece. This is the third technology museum to open in the country since 2003, all opened by Patras University engineer Kostas Kotsanas.

Although they aren’t well-known in Greece, each of the museums has been heavily visited by foreign tourists and have captured the interest of museums and institutions from across the globe. The museum includes more than 300 operating models of ancient Green technological innovations.

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Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Insect Venom Could Inspire Your Next Treatment

Venom may not be something you’d wish on your worst enemy. However, it could be coming to a drugstore near you, thanks to research studying its usefulness in painkillers. Scientists are studying venom from a variety of organisms for use in treating medical conditions. Since 15 percent of all organisms have venom, researchers have had no trouble finding insects to study as they create compounds for today’s pharmaceuticals.

There are already venom-inspired products on the market, including Ziconotide, which is used as treatment for chronic pain. Ziconotide mimics the venom found in cone snails. Another drug, inspired by venom in the Gila monster, is Exenatide, which is prescribed to diabetes patients. A deadly viper inspired the compound found in Captopril, which treats high blood pressure. Viper venoms are also behind two other blood pressure treatments, ptifibatide and tirofiban.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Beetle Feet Inspire New Type of Silicone

Scientists are mimicking the behavior of insects while designing a type of silicone that is more adhesive than previous versions. The team of researchers at Kiel University spent time studying the feet of male leaf beetles, which feature a design similar to a mushroom. This design allows them to easily move across surfaces like ceilings and walls without gravity taking its course.

To design their new type of silicone, researchers shaped silicone elastomers into mushroom shapes, then treated them with plasma. They found that the material’s adhesiveness was helped along by the chemical, but the curvature worked with the plasma to better stick to surfaces.

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