STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend – March 3

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Written by Xintong Guo, Digital Marketing Intern. 

Between school, homework, practice and spending time with loved ones, it’s easy to miss out on the latest in science, technology, engineering, art and math. But don’t worry, Thinkery’s got you covered. Here are some of our favorite STEAM discoveries from the previous week. It’s fuel for your weekend.

Did you know bees can play “golf?” Scientists from Queen Mary University, London, reported in New Scientist Magazine that they trained various bees to play a “golf”-like game! The trained bees successfully pushed a small ball into a specific, defined area to receive a delicious sugar-water reward. In completing this “golf” game, the bees demonstrated complex cognitive abilities—which is of interest to artificial intelligence researchers. Why? First and foremost, this behavior shows that you can do a lot with very limited hardware. This study also disproves the old-fashioned notion that animals with small brains aren’t smart or intelligent. Take a look at these smart “golfing” bees!

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - Paper Crafted Animals

Estudio Guardabosques is a Buenos Aires-based design and illustration studio. Recently, they created a wide range of paper-crafted animals and creatures for editorial, artistic and personal experimentation, each infused with geometric flair and a cheeky sense of humor. Inspired by their artwork? Want to make your own paper-crafted animals? Here are some ideas for making simple paper-crafted animals at home!

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - Bioprinting human skin

Scientists from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid have built a printer that can print fully functional human skin! Bioprinting is becoming a hot new technology in the medicine world. The core idea is to build machines that could custom-print body parts. But this technology is still in its infancy. Printing out human skin is a major step forward for bioprinting. In the future, this technology could be used to rapidly grow skin grafts for burn victims or cancer patients.

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