Porta Hedge at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

The Porta Hedge contributed briefly to the holiday cheer in the Oak Grove at Indiana University of Pennsylvania as students prepared for finals and the holiday break. IUP grad student Bifei Cao helped decorate the Hedge with LED Christmas lights and we successfully field tested the Porta Hedge solar system’s…

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Jessica Longobardo’s Leaf Tattoos in the Porta Hedge

For the exhibition Engineering Eden at Allegheny College, artist Jessica Longobardo compiled three handmade booklets for three of her friends, each of whom comes from a distinct bioregion in the United States. Each booklet includes a map illustrating the distribution of tree species in a specific region and drawings of…

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Off-the-Shelf Cyborg Beetles?

U.C. Berkeley’s Michael Maharbiz and a team of colleagues recently presented a giant flower beetle whose flight they could command by remote-control. Implanted electrodes and a radio receiver strapped to the beetle’s back give the human operator complete control over the beetles flight pattern, and at 1.3 grams, the apparatus…

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Halloween Bumblebees

The Porta Hedge stopped over in a small suburb in Syracuse, New York for Halloween this week.  Our hosts served candy to trick-or-treaters from inside the Hedge as parents congregated at its door, asking if we made it as a prop for Halloween.  Highlights include our first Bumblebee visitors and…

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Opening Reception at Grounds for Sculpture

The Terrestrial Shrub Rover debuted this weekend at the Grounds for Sculpture. The reception was a wonderful event and celebrated the opening of the Fall/Winter Exhibition at the Grounds, which includes the 2009 Outstanding Student Achievement in Sculpture show, a show of recent work by Jacobo de la Serna, and…

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