Mushroom leather, tiny Zika detectors and lab-made breast milk debut at IndieBio’s third demo day

IndieBio Demo Day 3, Folsom Street Foundry July 14, 2016 The accelerator’s demo day has grown so big we’re now live streaming it on TechCrunch. But it was just a couple years ago that the only pure biotech accelerator launched out of SOS Ventures. Many accelerators and venture firms have started to take a keen interest in the space since then, but Indiebio is still the one many look to in the industry for weird and interesting ideas like… Read More

Ava promises to clone high-end wines without using any grapes

red wine being poured into a glass You’ve heard of turning water into wine, but Alec Lee and his founding team of bioengineers have taken to their San Francisco laboratory to turn molecules into wine. “We create the wine without any grapes, yeast or any kind of fermentation,” Lee, the founder of Ava Winery, told TechCrunch. Ava does this by analyzing molecular profiles of select wines and reconstructing them… Read More

DigitalGlobe unveils next-generation imaging satellite

SONY DSC It’s really frustrating when that super-fly Snapchat you took at 55 mph of the unreleased Tesla Model 3 you caught in the wild turns out blurry. DigitalGlobe will be able to snap that picture from 400 miles away, at 17,000 mph, with its new satellite. TechCrunch got a sneak preview of DigitalGlobe‘s, nearly billion dollar, satellite that will be able to send hella dope grams… Read More

Scientists are studying ant colonies to create better network analysis

MIT-Random-Walks_0 Ants are really good at lots of things. Lifting, communicating, ruining picnics. Turns out they’ve got the whole voting thing down to a science, too. When time comes to move nests, the plucky little insects vote by quorum. The democratic process is determined, at least in part, by how often they bump into one another. Scientists believe that ants have a knack for determining their own… Read More

Moon photobombs the Earth in rare images captured by NASA

dscovr feature A NASA camera on board the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a rare lunar transit across the face of a sunlit Earth. The images, which feature a fully lit far side of the moon, were captured between July 4th at 11:50 pm ET and July 5th at 3:18 am ET. This was actually the second time a lunar photobomb was photographed by DSCOVR, the first occurring about a year ago… Read More

3Scan raises $14 million for a robotic microscope that could accelerate drug discovery

One frame of a 3D map of animal tissue from 3Scan. Robots and software aren’t just changing manual labor in warehouses or kitchens. They’re also transforming medical research. A San Francisco startup called 3Scan Inc. raised $14 million in venture funding to automate tissue analysis for scientists involved in drug discovery with its proprietary robotic microscope and computer vision systems. According to the company’s… Read More