Best Tech Stories around the web #210

This week: Battery-free pacemaker harvests energy from pig hearts in first tests, a digital scan of Notre Dame offers hope for its restoration after the fire, synthetic and living micro-propellers transport nanoparticles in our veins and Media Art Xploration Festival starts in San Francisco.

INNOVATION

Battery-free pacemaker harvests energy from pig hearts in first tests by newscientist.com

A battery-free pacemaker that harvests energy from heartbeats has been successfully tested in pigs. It uses an energy harvester wrapped around the heart that generates electricity from movement. Read more

DESIGN

This digital scan of Notre Dame offers hope for its restoration after the fire by technologyreview.com

The devastating blaze at the 850-year-old cathedral in Paris is now under control. The fact that its interior and exterior have been digitally 3D-mapped means the iconic building could be restored to its former glory. Read more

QUERKY

Synthetic and living micropropellers for convection-enhanced nanoparticle transport by advances.sciencemag.org

MIT engineers have designed tiny robots that can help drug-delivery nanoparticles push their way out of the bloodstream and into a tumor or another disease site. Like crafts in “Fantastic Voyage” — a 1960s science fiction film in which a submarine crew shrinks in size and roams a body to repair damaged cells — the robots swim through the bloodstream, creating a current that drags nanoparticles along with them. Read more

EVENT

MAX – Media Art Xploration, From May 16, California

Live and immersive arts at The Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, and Z Space. A range of performances and installations exploring our new space age, the extraordinary scientific advances in this field, and how they change the way we see ourselves and Earth. Presented by MAX, dedicated to Illuminating scientific exploration through artistic expression and shared experiences. Read more