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Bio Fab

On the 30th of April, Beno Juarez and other members of the Floating Fab Lab team partook in a series of presentations on the subject of synthetic biology in the Lima district of San Isidro. Jaime Sotomayor, recognized last year by the MIT Technology Review as one of five Peruvian innovators under the age of 35, started the evening off, asking, “How can… Read more →

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Motivation

Everyone involved in the Floating Fab Lab is a volunteer. Not one member of this international team of more than fifty is receiving a paycheck for their time and skill. What motivates all these individuals to donate their passion to such a project? Of course the FLF is inspiring in and of itself, but there’s more to the story–there’s personal motivation. Let’s start with… Read more →

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Powered by Biology

“We have very friendly bees in the Amazon. You can put them in your hand,” Floating Fab Lab founder Beno Juarez said during a recent interview. “More than 40% of the jungle is pollinated by bees, and we are losing these types of bees.” Digital fabrication can be used in the construction of beehives, most notably for designing biosensors to… Read more →

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Empowered Community

Toward the end of 2014, as Lima hosted the United Nations Climate Change Conference, five different oil spills belched into the Amazon from a single major pipeline. The effect is devastating, hordes of dead fish and millions of human lives tainted by illness and fear. It’s not fair. In a matter of five months, Petroperú created an environmental holocaust that… Read more →

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Strategic Design

We’re making nano assemblers that build cells, we’re making micro assemblers that build integrated circuits, we’re making macro assemblers that build jumbo jets, we’re making giant assemblers that build geological scale features, and we’re working on space assemblers to build space civilizations, all based on this fundamental transition of digitizing fabrication, not by making the design digital, but by actually… Read more →

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Organic Technology

“Community access to digital fabrication isn’t a vision of the future,” Professor Neil Gershenfeld (USA), Fab Founder and director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, said at a November TEDx talk titled “Programming a New Reality”. From the TEDx talk: “A week or so ago I was at the United Nations general assembly. […] This is the biggest gathering… Read more →

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Powered by People

October and November were important months for the glocal Floating Fab Lab team. The project’s focus is shifting from the administrative, planning stage to the application and implementation stage. In early November they organized a special event in Lima and Iquitos which several institutions attended, including MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, the Environmental Ministry of Peru, and Fab Labs Costa… Read more →

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Citizen Scientists

The Floating FabLab is an ambitious project that aims to address local Amazon community needs in a fully sustainable fashion. The project has achieved childhood, a stage it will zip through on its way to adolescence next year. Throughout the autumn, the Floating FabLab team has striven to transition from the planning and administrative stage to the exciting application stage.… Read more →

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The Conservation Conversation

The Amazon River winds through Peru, Colombia, and northern Brazil, and the resulting swath of fecundity covers 5.5 million square kilometers across Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. Taken as a whole, Amazonia is the most biologically diverse territory on the planet. I’m proudly sniping these facts from National Geographic Kids. Here’s a quote: “There… Read more →