Archive for February, 2012
 
Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on February 27th, 2012
 

A good wallet is hard to find—let alone one with a minimalist design and RFID protection. Designers Scott Hussa and Ken Minn have solved that problem with the HuMn wallet and a bunch of us here at DNA 11 can’t stop buzzing about it.

This Kickstarter project was born out of necessity and lots of traveling. Being two dudes on the go, Scott and Ken tried almost every type of wallet, money clip, card case, and wallet mutation out there. They were looking for a way to keep what they needed in their wallets, while getting rid of the things they didn’t.

All of the rejected wallets had a common problem: while they might start out “looking” slim, they would take on the usual bloated appearance once cards and cash were thrown in. To make things worse, almost all of the wallets out there didn’t protect against RFID skimming.

The HuMn Wallet is front pocket friendly and includes two plates (either aluminum or carbon fiber depending on the model) which are secured with an expandable band. Lots of different pledge options are available, so kickstart this project into gear!

Via Uncrate / Kickstarter.

 
 
Posted in biotechnology, Just Cool, Science by Courtney on February 24th, 2012
 

Our DNA can unlock so many secrets and now it’s getting ready to take on the enemy! Scientists at the Harvard WYSS Institute have constructed packages of DNA dubbed “DNA origami” that might one day be used to create nanorobots capable of finding and destroying cancer cells in the human body. Via Mashable:

The nanorobots mimic a cell’s receptor system in order to communicate with cells. The cells can carry materials to cancer cells, and when the nanorobot detects the cells it’s hunting for, it will spring into action.

Once the bots were designed, the research team built the tiny barrel-shaped nanobots that measure about 35 nanometers in diameter. Each nanobot can hold molecules that are meant to be delivered to cells.

The system has yet to be tested in living organisms, but the researchers are considering testing the nanorobots in mice.

This potential DNA Origami Army could change the face of cancer treatment. Congratulations to researchers Shawn M. Douglas, Ido Bachelet, George M. Church, who are all affiliated with the WYSS Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

Want to make your DNA work for you? Throw your own DNA into action with a personalized DNA or Ancestry Portrait.

 
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Posted in Just Cool by Courtney on February 17th, 2012
 

CDs may be near death, but these sculptures breathe new life into the medium by combining unique art with innovative up-cycling.

In his mixed media sculptures of animals and insects, artist Sean Avery creates fur and feathers using meticulously layered fragments of broken CDs.

“My sculptures are all constructed with recycled materials — old CDs, computer hard drives, etc, so I classify my work as “sustainable art,” writes Sean.

Sean hails from Australia, but is currently living in Canada. He’s an artist, sculptor, writer-illustrator of children’s picture books and graphic designer.

(via Colossal and keep your mind wide open)
Images © Sean Avery

 
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Posted in International, Just Cool, party by Courtney on February 15th, 2012
 

DNA 11 made its debut at the Gherkin in London, UK at the prestigious MahiFX launch on February 2. Attended by some of London’s elite financiers, tech buffs and media, this event unveiled a new foreign exchange trading platform.

Upon arrival, guests received a billfold full of imaginary currency, along with this note: This Mahi Money is for you to trade during the night with other people. You can choose which design to collect. Your goal is to accumulate the most notes of any one single design to win a luxury experience. Good luck and good trading.

Kirsty Gillies collected the most “Precision” design and therefore won a DNA Portrait. We also gave each attendee a £100 gift voucher towards their next DNA 11 purchase.

Developed by ex-interbank traders, analysts and developers, MahiFX is headed by David and Susan Cooney, who both worked on Barclays Capital’s flagship e-commerce platform in its early days. MahiFX launches to retail investors on February 20, 2012. DNA 11 was proud to be in such great company at this event.

 
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Posted in Contest, gift ideas by Courtney on February 8th, 2012
 

 

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and it can be tough to find a gift that’s thoughtful, memorable and remarkable. That’s why we’ve launched our Share the Love Sweepstakes!

Enter to win an 18×24″ DNA portrait from DNA 11, plus an 18×24″ canvas from our sister company CanvasPop. And just for entering, you’ll also have the chance to win one of 500 $30 gift vouchers for CanvasPop.

How to Enter:
Simply visit the contest’s Facebook Page to enter. The winners will be announced on February 14.

Rules:
Winners must be residents of the contiguous United States or Canada.
Entries must be received by 11:59pm EST on February 13, 2012.

And if you’re still searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, give truly personalized art with a DNA 11 gift certificate.

Good luck!

 
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Posted in Cool Art Ideas, gift ideas by Courtney on February 7th, 2012
 

 

Still looking for some gifts to spark a reaction this Valentine’s Day? In addition to DNA 11 products, we’ve rounded up some great finds that are sure to impress.

Is your love eternal?  A SplitScreen DNA Portrait portrait makes a confident, affectionate statement of unity for couples, allowing you to showcase both of your DNA (or the whole  family’s, up to four people). With a plethora of colour combinations, your splitscreen DNA Portrait will suit any decor! Best of all, you can order a gift certificate for immediate digital delivery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Already have a DNA Portrait? Immortalize her kiss into fine art with a custom Kiss Portrait. Your walls will be lit up with her fiery lips and she’ll be on fire knowing how much you cherish her smooches.

 

 

 

 

If your guy rocks out, get him this smokin’ Cigar Box Amp from Etsy. It’s a portable, battery-powered amp that’s perfect for lazy jams and soulful serenades.

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing says “I Love You” like a gift from the heart. So why not give an anatomically correct Plush Beating Heart? Your lover will know you’re serious and it will keep things pumping between you two.

 

 

 

 

Does you man live and breathe science? Take the guesswork out of his of lab work with this Lab Partners t-shirt from Threadless.

 

 

 

 

 

Want to give her the key to your heart? Wrap up this Heart Necklance from Swayorski. Hanging on a stainless steel chain, the red silicon heart holds a heart-shaped USB key embellished in 54 Indian Siam crystals. For the perfect romantic gift, save a special message or photo on the 4GB USB key.

 

 

 
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Posted in Art+Science, Science by Courtney on February 3rd, 2012
 


Science in itself is captivating and we love science as art, but these photos from the 2011 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge really drew us in.

Contest judges made their picks based on visual impact, originality and clarity. The winners, which include “people’s choice” awards as well as honorable mentions, were published online Feb. 2 in the journal Science. Here are some of our favorites via Wired Science:

Mouse Eyeball Cells (above)
Researchers stained ultra-thin slices of a mouse’s eye to create this first-place photography winner. The stain was made of three antibodies that bind to three different molecules present in all cells, but in differing concentrations.
Image: Bryan William Jones/University of Utah/Moran Eye Center 

Breast Cancer Cells
In this illustration, breast cancer cells bear tentacle-like projections. An antibody designed to combat breast cancer, called TRA-8, floats in the foreground (green blobs). It earned an honourable mention.

Image: Emiko Paul/Quade Paul/Echo Medical Media/Ron Gamble/UAB Insight 

 

 

 

 

Cucumber Skin Barbs
Under 800X magnification, this honorable-mention-winning photograph shows toxin-filled barbs called trichomes on the skin of an immature cucumber. The trichomes bear sharp points to help protect the growing fruit from predators.

Image: Dr. Robert Rock Bellivea

 

 
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Posted in Contest by Courtney on February 2nd, 2012
 

This week we’re running an amazing contest with WIRED’s Geek Dad blog.

Simply visit our Facebook page and enter to win a 40×40″ Kiss Portrait or one of two copies of The Geek Dad Book For Aspiring Mad Scientists by Ken Denmead.

Just for entering we’ll give you a $100 DNA 11 gift code.

The contest runs until Thursday, February 9. We’ll annouce the winners on  Friday, Feburary 10.

Good luck!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Grand Prize winner Jon A. from Toronto, ON and book winners Mark C. from Irvine, CA and Jim R. from Lockport, NY. Thanks to everyone who entered!

 
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