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Museum of your mind

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-27-2012

The Mind exhibit is one of the coolest science exhibits found in any science museum. What makes it so cool? Well, for one thing, in Mind, you are the exhibit! Located at the Exploratorium in San Francisco’s Marina District, Mind is a permanent museum collection with over forty exhibits that create provocative and compelling experiences that illuminate how the mind works. Some of their coolest activities include:

  • an activity to analyze the changes in your facial expression in a moment of extreme surprise
  • an exhibit that forces participants to communicate with body language rather than facial expressions
  • my favorite experiment (which can be played online) that challenges you to explore the limits of your mind’s attention capacity

Checkout the exhibit (and online games) at and let us know what you think.

Video: Diving Through the Human Brain

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-11-2012

Check out this video of thousands of serial sections of the brain stitched together. Courtesy of Brain Maps.

ENCODE Explained

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-06-2012

There has been of ton of excitement around data recently published from the ENCODE Project. The project assigned biochemical function to 80% of the genome, including areas that were previously thought to be “junk” DNA. If you are curious as to what all the excitement is about, be sure to watch the video below.

Cell phone-based sensor spots dangerous bacteria

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-17-2012

Math Trumps Science in Diagnosing Parkinson’s Disease

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-07-2012

Although there are no existing biomarkers for Parkinson’s, diagnosis may just be a phone call away.