The Fix is In
ENCORE The moon jellyfish has remarkable approach to self-repair. If it loses a limb, it rearranges its remaining body parts to once again become radially symmetric. Humans can’t do that, but a new approach that combines biology with nanotechnology could give our immune systems a boost. Would you drink a beaker of nanobots if they could help you fight cancer?
Also, materials science gets into self-healing with a novel concrete that fixes its own cracks.
Plus, why even the most adaptive systems can be stretched to their limit. New research suggests that the oceans will take a millennium to recover from climate change.
• Lea Goentoro – Professor of biology, California Institute of Technology
• Michael Abrams – Biologist, California Institute of Technology
• Sarah Moffitt – Paleo-oceanographer, Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California, Davis
• Mark Miodownik – Materials scientist, director of the Institute of Making, University College, London. Author of “Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape our Man-Made World”
• Shawn Douglas – Computer scientist, assistant professor of cellular and molecular pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco