Robotic Animals : Implanting Mice with Speech Recognition

June 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Computing, Future, Health, News, Technology | 10 Comments »

Scientists at the Robot Engineering Technology Research Center of Shandong University of Science and Technology have demonstrated how a set of computer generated electronic signals can control the behavior of the mice.

via Chinanews | PhysOrg

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Becoming Lance Armstrong

June 15th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Health, Mapping | 2 Comments »

Edward F. Coyle’s research paper, “Improved muscular efficiency displayed as Tour de France champion matures,” studies Lance’s muscular efficiency from 1992-1999 in which he won his first of 6 consecutive Tour de Frances. The study measures and quantifies his development as his body matured and morphed to become more efficient over intense periods of training.

via Biology News | APS

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Anatomical Travelogue Inc : Alexander Tsiaras

June 7th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Health, Technology | 1 Comment »

Alexander Tsiaras is a wizard in anatomical imaging. His company, Anatomical Travelogue Inc., presents the human body through various imaging technologies with the highest level of precision and clarity. Check out the ‘Our Work’ section for a look at the human body from angles you won’t see elsewhere and Conception to Birth for an interactive journey.

Blue Brain : The First Complete Virtual Brain

June 6th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Biology, Computing, Future, Mapping | 3 Comments »

The “Blue Brain” project will be the first computer simulation of the entire human brain, enabling real time observations of how the brain interprets the world.

via NS

The Scent of Trust

June 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Biotech, Health, News | 4 Comments »

A team of Swiss researchers have produced a potion that increases trust between individuals. The potion’s main ingredient, oxytocin, is a naturally produced chemical in the brain which is triggered by a range of stimuli, including sex and breastfeeding, and it is associated with the formation of social ties. The study, led by Ernst Fehr of the University of Zurich, shows that oxytocin and its associated effects can be artificially stimulate though a nasal spray. Forget Axe, this is the real thing. [pdf]

via Nature

Microscope Imaging Station

May 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Photography, Technology, Video | 1 Comment »

The Microscope Imaging Station at the Exploratorium has a gallery of some amazing images and movies taken from research-grade microscopes using time-lapse photography and staining techniques.

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Tree of Life webproject

May 18th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Internet, Mapping | No Comments »

The NSF funded Tree of Life aims to create a widely accessible online database of organism with a hyperlinked navigational structure of phylogeny and genetic relatedness. Browse and wander around your lineage from its roots all the way to homo sapiens.

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Mapping Mannahatta : Manhattan circa 1609

May 13th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Future, Mapping, Sustainability, Urbanism | 2 Comments »

Landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson, of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) at New York’s Bronx Zoo, is recreating a virtual 1609 (Henry Hudson) landscape of Manhattan. The Mannahatta Project is collecting hundreds of years of animal and plant studies which are fed into a computer program for analysis to create layers of information of every species. Upon completion of the data analysis using GIS technology, the WCS plans to show New York’s ‘wild past’ through a coffee-table book with transparent overlays and computer simulations.

via Sciencentral (video clip)

Human Organ Factory

May 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Biotech, Future, News | No Comments »

Esmail Zanjani, and his team at the University of Nevada-Reno are researching the creation of human organs by inserting stem cells into sheep. Many ethical issues surround the hybridization of humans with animals as stem cell research moves from injecting bacteria to mice and now sheep. New regulations are emerging to prevent monstrous hybrids and the possibility of trapping human brains in animals.


Synthetic Biology : Programming Living Cells

April 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Biotech, Future, Technology | No Comments »

Ron Weiss, and his colleagues at Princeton University have managed to program living cells by engineering the plasmid section of DNA which is read by the cell as a set of instructions to produce protein under certain conditions. Early experiments show E. coli bacteria programmed to emit red or green fluorescent light and self configuration into simple shapes (image 1, 2, 3).

via Yahoo! News