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Folding boxes using light

Researchers at North Carolina State University using infrared light and an inkjet printer to fold plastic. Check the video below!

Deep black lines are printed onto the plastic sheets, which then absorb the light and cause the material to fold without anyone having to touch it.

The wider the line, the greater the angle of each fold, so it’s possible to set, say, a 90-degree bend for a cube or 120 degrees for a pyramid.

Via North Carolina State University

A biological billboard

Steven Soderbergh’s new film “Contagion” was released in the States¬† in September. To promote this,¬† Warner Bros. Pictures Canada teamed up with microbiologists and immunologists from around the world to create a one-of-a-kind bacteria message board.

Two large Petri dishes were inoculated with live bacteria including penicillin, mold and pigmented bacteria and almost overnight have revealed the true Contagion — an artistic interpretation of the spread of a virus as depicted in the film.