Posts Tagged ‘art and science’

The FUNNIEST Science Video On The Web!

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 04-19-2012

This is by far one of the funniest scientific-genre videos on the web. You simply must watch.

One of my favourite lines from the video is when he explains that hundreds of pounds of beard hair sample is kept at -80C “not for preservation…just because I don’t like the smell!” What’s your favourite part?

Stunning images of the human brain

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 03-27-2012

Are you a stumbler? While I don’t spend oodles of time bouncing through StumbleUpon, every once in a while I come across a gem that I just need to share. The Human Brain, is a collection of the most amazing images of, wait…you guessed it…the brain, that you have ever seen. It includes detailed views of every angle, with the ability to zoom in and out and add clear labels if desired. It also included histological sections which can be zoomed in right down to the cellular level.

I urge you, if you want to experience jaw-dropping images, to visit the human brain website.

Turning a Star Trek Vision Into Reality

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 01-16-2012

Those of us in the medical research community think of ourselves as contributors to patient heathcare both in the areas of disease diagnosis and treatment. However, our contributions are not always recognized and it can be challenging to directly correlate the results of our experiments with a practical medical application. However, I believe that a new research challenge issued by the X PRIZE Foundation and Qualcomm Foundation may change all that and give medical researchers the recognition they deserve.

According to the announcement, the goal of the challenge will be for teams to leverage technology innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence and wireless sensing – much like the medical Tricorder of Star Trek® fame – to make medical diagnoses independent of a physician or healthcare provider.
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Computer screen resolution my soon be defined by bacteria per inch

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 12-20-2011

In a very cool feat of bio-engineering genius, scientists at UC San Diego have engineered e.coli to fluoresce in sync with one another paving the way for a myriad of unique applications such as hand-held biosensors or e.coli “biopixelated” neon signs.

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Decorate your tree with the perfect scientific gift!

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 12-08-2011

Every December I find myself spending countless hours scouring the internet for interesting gifts for my fellow scientific friends. This year I came across a very unique gift which can only be appreciated by real scientific geeks-Heros of Science Christmas tree ornaments by Eavesmade.

I was so taken by this idea that I invited Eavesmade’s owner, Sharon, to write a guest post about herself and how she became interested in science heroes. Here’s her story:

Eavesmade is a collaboration between me and my boyfriend, Jon. I am the science-and-design side of things, and Jon is the prototype-and-design side.

I now work as a freelance filmmaker-animator, but before that I worked in botany and forest ecology. My mom is a really smart lady and an M.D., and growing up, I never doubted that I could be a scientist if I chose to be. I guess the Women of Science are an homage to my awesome mom, and to the female scientists who paved the way for the rest of us.

I went to grad school for documentary journalism because I wanted to engage others about science and social justice. Since then, I’ve interned at the science show ‘Radiolab,’ and have created some quirky and interesting short videos, the most recent being ‘Whale Fall:’. I’m now working on a new film about growing up in an LGBT household with my production partner, and we also take video and animation clients (some science, some commercial gigs). Our website:

Jon’s background is fine art, and he worked for many years drafting and helping to construct stage sets for TV, film and musicals, but he’s recently gone back to school to learn robotic-oriented programming, a much better use of his natural skill set–he’s an inventor to the core.

Jon and I live in Brooklyn, New York, and we operate the laser in our living room.

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