Xenobots: The living robots can now self-replicate

The same team from University of Vermont, Tufts University, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University who created xenobots in 2020 from repurposed frog embryo cells have now made self-replicating xenobots that can reproduce in a manner entirely different from their amphibian progenitors.

These programmable and reproducing organisms might be developed to serve a range of beneficial purposes, from medicine to environmental clean-up. But technology, to be frank, sometimes contains a stein full of potential risks, too.

Drop by in another decade or so to see how this is playing out.

“I am Nicholas Cage…. I bid you welcome!” Guess who will play Dracula in “Renfield”?

Universal has made multiple, generally unsuccessful attempts to revive their classic movie monsters as something other than nostalgic Halloween images. Their forthcoming Renfield, a dramatic/comedic, modern-day exploration of the toxic relationship between the vampire and his underling, may be the most unusual to date. The film will star Nicholas Hoult, who has appeared in some X-Men films as Hank McCoy, turned up in Mad Max: Fury Road, and played Tolkien in the eponymous biopic. Awkwafina, fresh from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, has also landed a key role.

Most of the attention, however, has gone to the decision to cast Nicholas Cage— he of intense and decidedly mixed past performances– as the Count.

Will this batty project fly?

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Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2021 November 28

I hope everyone has a quiet week with family, regardless of last week’s turkey consumption, because this week is lighter on television.  This week, Lost in Space will drop its third and final season.  The Doctor continues to uncover her past while sorting out The Flux, The Flash visits The Hall of Justice with Black Lightning, Riverdale makes Rivervale make tough choices,  Young Justice gives us some magic, and The Legends give us a Bebbo Christmas special.  Wheel of Time introduce some new faces.  We don’t get synopsis, but I am still most interested in Hawkeye and the crew of Star Trek: Discovery.

[All synopses (and titles) from Trakt.tv below the cut, except when there really aren’t any. (If a show’s synopsis is a spoiler to you, do not click Continue reading →)]

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