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Top 70 Science Ideas in March

From Plant-Specific Probiotics to Printed Biomimicry Dresses

— March 12, 2016 — Eco
The top March 2016 science ideas highlight a number of scientific research, innovative products and cutting edge services informed by the scientific fields.

Two pieces revealed at New York Fashion Week by threeASFOUR titled Harmonograph and Pangolin were 3D-printed pieces designed based on the principles of biomimicry. The nature-inspired dresses were a part of the brand's Biomimicry collection and were created by threeASFOUR in collaboration with designer Travis Fitch and 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys.

A Cambridge-based startup called Indigo has created a probiotic product for plants that is said to increase the crop yields. The innovation will be particularly interesting in a time marked by unpredictable weather patterns that disrupt natural harvest seasons, where being able to increase yields would be significantly profitable.
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Counterfeit Drug-Weeding Apps
Counterfeit Drug-Weeding Apps
Miti Health's Inventory Management System Addresses African Problems
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Smartened Videogame Characters
Smartened Videogame Characters
Super Mario Can Learn From Luigi Thanks to Social AI
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67
Cancer-Sniffing Machines
Cancer-Sniffing Machines
The Odoreader Detects Prostate Cancer By Analyzing Urine
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Implantable Medical Radios
Implantable Medical Radios
This Injectable Device Broadcasts Information from Within the Body
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Animal-Free Laboratory Testing
Animal-Free Laboratory Testing
New Technology Replicates the Liver and Could Stop Animal Testing
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Navigational Mobility Masks
Navigational Mobility Masks
The 'Proximity Hat' Provides Pressure Feedback to Guide the Wearer
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Modular Imaging Blocks
Modular Imaging Blocks
The Cambits Imaging System Allows For Convenient Scientific Imaging
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Correlation-Choosing Games
Correlation-Choosing Games
The 'Guess the Correlation' Game is Designed For Math Geeks
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Earthquake-Detecting Apps
Earthquake-Detecting Apps
The 'MyShake' App Enables Earthquake Detection from a Smartphone
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Watery Radio Antennae
Watery Radio Antennae
Mitsubishi's Radio Antennae are Comprised of Columns Of Sprayed Seawater
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Energy-Efficient Airplanes
Energy-Efficient Airplanes
EasyJet Will Test a New Hydrogen Fuel System to Cut Emissions
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Autonomous Robotic Warships
Autonomous Robotic Warships
This DARPA Unmanned Vessel Can Track Hostile Submarines
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Portable Bomb Detectors
Portable Bomb Detectors
The CBD-100 Uses Wave Radars to Identify Suicide Bomb Threats
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Molecular Food Indexes
Molecular Food Indexes
This Database Encourages Worldwide Standards for Food Integrity
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Amphibious Copter Drones
Amphibious Copter Drones
The Loon Copter Can Float Underwater and Soar In the Sky
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Ear Medication-Delivery Devices
Ear Medication-Delivery Devices
This Drug Delivery Device Will Deliver Drugs Into the Inner Ear
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Responsive 4D-Printed Flowers
Responsive 4D-Printed Flowers
A Team at Harvard Introduced a Dynamic 4d Printing Technique
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Undersea Data Centers
Undersea Data Centers
This Microsoft Data Center is Located Beneath the Pacific Ocean
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Cloud-Based Vision Platforms
Cloud-Based Vision Platforms
The Aira Platform Combines Smart Glasses, Smartphones & Smart Humans
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Damage-Mitigating Football Helmets
Damage-Mitigating Football Helmets
The Mitigatium Helmet Prevents Secondary Effects Of Head Impact
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Voice ID Banking Systems
Voice ID Banking Systems
HSBC will Start Rolling Out Biometric Verification for Customers
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Swim-Coaching Wearables
Swim-Coaching Wearables
The SwimBot Wearable Swimming Coach Gives Feedback On Your Technique
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Disease-Fighting Insects
Disease-Fighting Insects
Oxitech's Genetically Modified Mosquitos are Fighting the Zika Virus
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Limb-Controlling Implants
Limb-Controlling Implants
This Implantable Device Would Turn Thought into Prosthetic Movement
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Virtual Museum Visits
Virtual Museum Visits
The Guggenheim Museum's Artwork Can Now Be Viewed Through Google Street View
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Salt-Embedded Asphalt
Salt-Embedded Asphalt
This Winter-Friendly Scientific Breakthrough Could Prevent Frozen Roads
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Rotten Apple-Powered Batteries
Rotten Apple-Powered Batteries
These Sodium-Ion Batteries Feature Carbon Drawn From Rotten Apples
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Pedestrian Detection Algorithms
Pedestrian Detection Algorithms
This New Technology is More Accurate Than Existing Alternatives
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Equipment-Sharing Medical Groups
Equipment-Sharing Medical Groups
Cohealo is a Sharing Economy Solution for the Healthcare Industry
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Blood Pressure-Monitoring Apps
Blood Pressure-Monitoring Apps
The Wythings HyResult App Accessory Can Analyze Your Blood Pressure
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3D-Printed Steel Bicycles
3D-Printed Steel Bicycles
These Stainless Steel Bicycles Were Welded Using a Robotic Arm
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Sensory Paper Skins
Sensory Paper Skins
A Team of Researchers Created an Artificial Skin from Household Items
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Aircraft Maintenance Software
Aircraft Maintenance Software
The Electronic Logbook Will Reduce Delays Caused By Technical Issues
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Autonomous Drone Platforms
Autonomous Drone Platforms
The Dronebox Platform Can Charge and Launch Drones Automatically
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Bacteria-Scanning Peripherals
Bacteria-Scanning Peripherals
The Ultra HD Scientific Slide Scanner Digitizes Lab Work
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GPS-Carrying Vultures
GPS-Carrying Vultures
This City is Equipping Black Vultures with GoPros to Locate Illegal Dumps
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Rubble-Invading Robots
Rubble-Invading Robots
This Robotic Cockroach Can Access Tight Spaces Inside Rubble
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Retail Hearing Assistance Systems
Retail Hearing Assistance Systems
Wegmans' Special Devices Help Customers With Hearing Loss
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Geeky Family Activities
Geeky Family Activities
The Maine State Library's Inventor's Challenge Program Promotes DIY Play
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Diabetes-Reversing Platforms
Diabetes-Reversing Platforms
Suggestic Creates Custom Lifestyle Plans for Type 2 Diabetes Reversal
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Floating Imagery Systems
Floating Imagery Systems
This Mitsubishi Electric Technology Allows For Floating Aerial Displays
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Mind-Controlled Prosthetics
Mind-Controlled Prosthetics
This Prosthetic Device Allows For Independent Control of Fingers
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Self-Parking Chairs
Self-Parking Chairs
The Intelligent Parking Chair is Inspired By Nissan's Park Assist Tech
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Knee-Knocking Exoskeletons
Knee-Knocking Exoskeletons
The Knee Perturbator Intentionally Knocks Wearers On Their Knees
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Pharmaceutical-Removing Water Filters
Pharmaceutical-Removing Water Filters
The 'Cove' Water Filtration Unit Provides Fresh, Crisp H2O
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Exoskeleton-Controlling Devices
Exoskeleton-Controlling Devices
The Stentrode is an Implant That Helps People Control Exoskeletons
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Caffeine-Diffusing Bracelets
Caffeine-Diffusing Bracelets
This Wearable Device Delivers Caffeine Directly into the Bloodstream
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Smart Microscopic Cameras
Smart Microscopic Cameras
The 'ScopeAround' Wireless Video Camera Provides Enhanced Functionality
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Ice-Melting Roadways
Ice-Melting Roadways
This Conductive Concrete Roadway Melts Snow and Ice on Contact
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Cancer-Detecting Gloves
Cancer-Detecting Gloves
This New Type of Pressure Sensor Will Detect Tumors by Touch
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Commercial Space Vehicles
Commercial Space Vehicles
Virgin Galactic Unity Space Vehicle was Unveiled in Mojave California
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Universe-Revealing Telescopes
Universe-Revealing Telescopes
James Webb Space Telescope is the Most Powerful of Its Kind
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Reactive Bendable Smartphone
Reactive Bendable Smartphone
The 'ReFlex' Packs an OLED Display with Intuitive Features
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Test-Tube Meatballs
Test-Tube Meatballs
Memphis Meats' Lab-Grown Meat Could Revolutionize the Food Industry
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Artificial Palm Oil Alternatives
Artificial Palm Oil Alternatives
These Scientists are Using Food Waste to Make Fake Palm Oil
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Plant-Specific Probiotics
Plant-Specific Probiotics
This Company Increasing Crop Yields with Probiotics for Plants
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Migraine-Alleviating Inhalers
Migraine-Alleviating Inhalers
This Inhaler is Designed to Provide Relief for Migraine Sufferers
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Printed Biomimicry Dresses
Printed Biomimicry Dresses
threeASFOUR Unveiled Two Printed Fashion Designs at NYFW
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DIY Internet Device Kits
DIY Internet Device Kits
The Electron Board Lets You Create Original Internet Devices At Home
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Solar Vineyard Chapels
Solar Vineyard Chapels
This Vinyard Design Project Explores the Alchemy of Wine and Architecture
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Spiral-Patterned Soup Bowls
Spiral-Patterned Soup Bowls
These Soup Bowls Are Inspired By the Patterns Of Gravitational Waves
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Anti-Wrinkle Skin Patches
Anti-Wrinkle Skin Patches
Innoture's 3D-Printed Radara Micro Needle Patches Address Anti-Aging
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Ultra-Fast 3D Printers
Ultra-Fast 3D Printers
This Device Can Produce 3D-Printed Objects in Mere Minutes
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Germ-Magnifying Faucets
Germ-Magnifying Faucets
The 'Clean Clear' Faucet Packs a Digital Microscope into the Concept
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Solar-Powered Outerwear
Solar-Powered Outerwear
This Solar-Powered Fabric Keep Consumers Warm Without the Extra Layers
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Kinetic Energy Harvesting Shoes
Kinetic Energy Harvesting Shoes
InStep NanoPower Footwear Technology Transforms Steps into Energy
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Folding Virtual Reality Glasses
Folding Virtual Reality Glasses
The Homido Mini Glasses Make Smart Eyewear Compact
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Exoskeleton Leg Supports
Exoskeleton Leg Supports
The Archelis Offers Leg Support for Surgeons During Procedures
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Supersonic LEGO Models
Supersonic LEGO Models
This Air France Concorde Model is Made Out of LEGO Bricks
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