Spray-on Skin Cells

September 7th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Biotech, Fabrication Tech, Future, Health | 6 Comments »

The first controlled clinical study to examine the effectiveness of sprayed cultured skin cells to close the wounds of burns victims is being undertaken at the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (QVH), East Grinstead. “We have seen what I can only describe as miraculous results using spray on skin with patients surviving 90% burns who otherwise had very little chance of survival.” [press release]

via MedGadget | BBC

Modulobe: Virtual Creature Simulator

September 5th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Design, Mechanical Tech, Programming | No Comments »

Modulobe is a fun and free tool for creating locomotive creatures. The simple interface consists of the two basic modules: shafts and links. Construct a skeleton of shafts and links, graph out the motion of your links, hit run, and watch your creation go.

via wmmna

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'Miracle mouse' grows back damaged organs

September 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Biotech, Health | 2 Comments »

A”miracle mouse” that is capable of regenerating its own organs has been discovered by a Ellen Heber-Katz, professor of immunology at the Wistar Institute.

via Times Online | KurzweilAI

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Nano-material Harder than Diamonds

September 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Design, Fabrication Tech, Future, Materials | No Comments »

A new material known as aggregated carbon nanorods (ACNR) has been created by packing buckyballs under 200 times the normal atmospheric pressure and heating it to 2226°C. ACNR is 0.3% denser than ordinary diamond and more resistant to pressure than any other known material.

via nanotechweb | NS

Anemone Self-Organizing Battle Strategies

August 24th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology | 1 Comment »

By studying how colonies of sea anemone Anthopleura elegantissima conduct their battles, David J. Ayre from the University of Wollongong, Australia, and Rick Grosberg from UC Davis have found a fascinating self-organizing battle plan with distinct castes of scouts, warriors, and reproductive anemones.

via EurekaAlert

L-System Creatures

August 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Design, Mathematics, Programming | No Comments »

RapidSlow is a beautiful computer animation by Vita Berezina-Blackburn that explores the generation of form through the logic of movement. The creatures are generated using the L-system language. It is an attempt to imagine how movement evolved from “plantly” to “creaturely”. Ultimately it is a search to understand how movement sculpts body, space and sound. [RapidSlow video] [Benign Beings video]

via dataisnature

Pleistocene Rewilding : Wild Animals May Roam Again

August 20th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Past, Sustainability | 1 Comment »

If Cornell University researchers and their colleagues have their way, cheetahs, lions, elephants, camels and other large wild animals may soon roam parts of North America. The plan calls for the establishment of large ecological history parks in the Great Plains and the Southwest to have elephants, cheetahs, lions, and other large mammals imported from Africa roaming freely. [article]

via Biology News Net

NOVA : The Elegant Universe

August 18th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Mathematics, Video | 2 Comments »

Watch all 3 hours of The Elegant Universe (online) as Brian Greene unravels the world of string theory in plain English.

Ecosystem found beneath collapsed Antarctic ice shelf

July 22nd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Science | No Comments »

The chance discovery of a vast ecosystem beneath the collapsed Larsen Ice Shelf will allow scientists to explore the uncharted life below Antarctica’s floating ice shelves and further probe the origins of life in extreme environments. Researchers discovered the sunless habitat after a recent underwater video study examining a deep glacial trough in the northwestern Weddell Sea following the sudden Larsen B shelf collapse in 2002.

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Allen Brain Atlas

July 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Health, Mapping, Science | 3 Comments »

Paul G. Allen had a vision that recent advances in computer science, bioinformatics, image analysis and the sequencing of the human genome could be brought together to answer one of the most complex questions in human biology—what is the brain and how does it work? He brought this vision to a renowned group of neuroscientists and advisors, and the Allen Institute for Brain Science was born.
The Allen Brain Atlas is the institutes publicly accessible map of the brain. [launch brain-map.org]