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November 16, 2010

"DNA — How a simple code is turned into flesh and blood"

From Erik Olsen's front page Science section story in today's New York Times: "If there is a Steven Spielberg of molecular animation, it is probably Drew Berry, a cell biologist who works for the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Berry’s work is revered for artistry and accuracy within the small community of molecular animators, and has also been shown in museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 2008, his animations formed the backdrop for a night of music and science at the Guggenheim Museum called 'Genes and Jazz.'"

"'Scientists have always done pictures to explain their ideas, but now we’re discovering the molecular world and able to express and show what it’s like down there,' Mr. Berry said. 'Our understanding is just exploding.'"

"In October, Mr. Berry was awarded a 2010 MacArthur Fellowship, which he says he will put toward developing visualizations that explore the patterns of brain activity related to human consciousness."

The caption for the YouTube video above, a fantastic journey inside our cells as mind-bending as any space opera could hope to be: "Drew Berry... is a key member of an international team that recently won an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Science, Technology and Nature Programming for the episode 'The Human Race.' In 2004, Drew's animations were also honored with a BAFTA Award."

November 16, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Handy Mirror


Designed by Paul Loebach,


made from painted maple,


hangs on its bespoke peg.


12"H x 7"W x 2"D.

November 16, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

An excellent flight simulator for Google Earth

From Frank Taylor and Mickey Mellen's Google Earth blog:


Back in 2006, Frank showed you how you could sort of use Google Earth as a flight simulator. It was crude but effective. In late 2007, Google put a more realistic flight simulator into Google Earth, but kept it hidden in a secret mode.

More recently, this February we saw a demo [top] of GEVision, which integrates Microsoft Flight Sim technology but uses Google Earth for the terrain and imagery.

Now we have our first look at Xavier Tassin's Google Earth Flight Simulator, which might be the best one yet!


[via Richard Kashdan]

November 16, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Fail Whale Hat


Handmade by Hine Mizushima.

[via noquedanblogs and The Daily What]

November 16, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


"Discover the world around you with Wikitude World Browser. Open Wikitude's camera view to see fun content and information projected onto your phone screen."

Free, the way we like it.

Supported devices here.

November 16, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Nested Klein Bottles


From The Blog of Scott Hansen: "This is one of a series of glass Klein bottles made by Alan Bennett. It consists of three Klein bottles, one inside another. A Klein bottle is a surface which has no edges, no outside or inside and cannot properly be constructed in three dimensions. In the series Alan Bennett made Klein bottles analogous to Möbius strips with odd numbers of twists greater than one. The three Klein bottles... produce, when cut, three pairs of single-twist Möbius strips."

November 16, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Norma Jeane DiMaggio


[via thisisezequiel, kaitertot, and Geoffe Haney]

November 16, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack



"Made of a 'smart material' that blocks phone signals," it was designed by The Way We See The World.


Available from Thursday, November 25, 2010 here for $15.


Phone not included.

November 16, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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