Archive for June, 2012
 
Posted in Art+Science by Adrian on June 26th, 2012
 

DNA Font

If DNA is art and typography is art then surely DNA can be typography right?

It seems so.

Scientists at Harvard Medical School developed a font made from strands of DNA. Each strand of DNA is folded into rectangular tiles that are then used like pixels to create letter and numbers.

The font was created to demonstrate how DNA could be fabricated into micro-structures for future application in nano-fabrication or drug delivery.

Of course the side benefit is now researchers have the ultimate way to pass notes back and forth.

The font is being dubbed DNA Sans or DNAlphabet but we prefer Hel-gattaca.

Check it out here: This Font Made Of DNA Isn’t Just For Kicks (via Fast Co.Design)

 
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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on June 21st, 2012
 

According to Eleven Ravens, “The game hasn’t changed, but the playing field has…“. They’re referring to Ping Pong, and we can see why: they’ve turned traditional table-top tennis tables on their head and spun out amazing new designs. Via Uncrate:

Straddling the line between art and sport, these gorgeous tables sport strikingly unique designs, which are created by hand by skilled artisans in a moisture-controlled environment using high-quality wood materials in order to maintain the highest quality possible.

Check out their inspiring table gallery. All Eleven Ravens’ premier tables are equipped with world-class championship table tops. Leisure or recreational tops are also offered on certain tables in a variety of colors.

Since every table is hand-crafted and made to order, they’ll even incorporate corporate logos into the base to take office Ping Pong to a whole new level! If you’re looking for more custom office decor ideas, our DNA Portraits are the ultimate in custom art.

 
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Posted in Art+Science, Cool Art Ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on June 19th, 2012
 

Portraits come in all shapes and sizes, and New York artist Michael Mapes is a genius at capturing the essence of his subjects is a truly unique way. We love it when art meets science!
Via Colossal:

He creates elaborate specimen boxes by dissecting photographs and then compartmentalizing individual fragments within plastic bags, glass vials, magnifiers, in gelatin capsules and on insect pins. The boxes exist in an uncanny area between photography and sculpture, functioning both as portraits and as fascinating scientific canvases that make you question the the logic behind the organization of each piece.

Michael’s boxes feature thousands of individual specimens of dissected photographs and biographical DNA like hair, finger nails, scent, eye lashes, fingerprints, food, botanical elements, fabric swatches, makeup, dirt, handwriting samples and breath.

Learn more about Michael and his work in his interview with the Huffington Post.

Create your own unique portrait with DNA 11—turn your DNA, Fingerprint or Kiss into a work of art for your home.

 
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Posted in Art+Science, How it's Made by Courtney on June 15th, 2012
 

We’ve launched the world’s first creative laboratory combining genetics, art and commerce.

First, DNA 11 revolutionized the art world with our amazing  DNA Art—and now we’ve unveiled the world’s first genetics lab dedicated to the creation of biometric artwork: The Lab @ DNA 11.

We’ve been mixing Art+Science since 2005 — sequencing the individual DNA of customers and turning it into beautiful genetic art.

Now DNA 11 is creating the ultimate laboratory for the advancement of biometric artwork by combining a state-of-the-art genetics lab with the in-house creative team that dreamed up the original DNA Portrait to continue to revolutionize the industry.

“Establishing a genetics lab in the middle of an art factory exemplifies the essence of DNA 11 — the melding of the two worlds of art and genomics,” said Nazim Ahmed, cofounder, DNA 11.

Because the one-of-a-kind genetic art lab is completely in-house, we maintain total quality control and the ability to experiment with new ways of visualizing the building blocks of life.

“It’s our take on The Factory — Warhol’s famous midtown Manhattan studio — we call it The Lab @ DNA 11 and it provides an inspirational space for artists, creatives and scientists to create truly remarkable biometric inspired products,” said Nazim.

The Lab @ DNA 11 is located at the company’s global headquarters in Ottawa, Canada and provides support services for DNA art production around the globe including DNA 11’s U.S. production facility in Las Vegas, NV.

 
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Posted in Contest by Courtney on June 7th, 2012
 

UPDATE: Congratulations to Vincent F. from Raleigh, NC — he’s won his own DNA Portrait!

Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of the helix DNA structure, was born on June 8, 1916 and would have celebrated his 94th birthday tomorrow!

Via Wikipedia: Francis Harry Compton Crick was an English molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist, and most noted for being a co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule in 1953 together with James D. Watson. He, Watson and Maurice Wilkins were jointly awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material.

Crick was an important theoretical molecular biologist and played a crucial role in research related to revealing the genetic code. He is widely known for use of the term “central dogma” to summarize an idea that genetic information flow in cells is essentially one-way, from DNA to RNA to protein.

In honor of his birthday and countless molecular contributions, we’re celebrating Francis and giving away a DNA Portrait to one lucky winner. Enter on our Facebook page!

Rules
This give-away is open to residents of the contiguous USA or Canada.
One entry per person. Contest closes on June 13 at 11:59pm and we’ll contact the winner via email.

Want a DNA Portrait right now? Save 15% with code FrancisCrick15 until June 13. Join us in celebrating Francis’ birthday and scientific contributions!

 
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Posted in gift ideas by Courtney on June 7th, 2012
 

Are you still searching for the perfect gift for Dad? We’ve rounded up five of our favorite Father’s Day finds for the man who has everything.

 

BioLite Camp Stove: If Dad’s always connected but also loves the outdoors, the BioLite CampStove and USB Charger can cook meals and charge his gadgets with the renewable resource of sticks gathered from the forest floor. Reserve one today! Via The Coolist.

 


DNA 11 Gift Kit: Dad’s DNA is worth showing off, right? Our Gift Kit includes everything he needs to kick off the creation of his very own DNA Portrait. Order by June 8 for guaranteed delivery!

 

 

 

Pebble E-Paper Watch: We profiled this watch a couple of months ago, and it’s a perfect present for Dad! Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. Available for Pre-Order.

 

 


Hammer Screwdriver Combination Tool:  If Dad’s trying to pare down his tool collection with style (or you’re trying to give him the hint), this combination tool is the perfect gift. Crafted from durable tempered steel with a knurled, solid brass handle, this four-in-one design provides a claw hammer and three removable screwdrivers. Via uncrate.

 

 

Satechi BT:  This tiny Bluetooth portable wireless speaker has big sound and a built in mic. It works with most Bluetooth enabled devices, including Mac, iOS and Android. Measuring only 68.5mm square and 42mm tall, it weighs in at a slight 94g. Still, this packs 3W power output and an amplifier frequency range of 280Hz–16KHz. Via GeekDad.

 

 
 
Posted in Just Cool, Science by Courtney on June 4th, 2012
 

The Venus transit of 2012 on June 5 is one of the rarest skywatching events—are you ready? It’s the last chance in our lifetime to watch Venus cross the sun. Check out the infographic below to find out more about the transit, previous instances, and how to view it safely.

If you live in North America, be on the lookout during sunset on June 5, 2012!

Find out about the planet Venus' dramatic trip across the face of the sun in June 2012 in this SPACE.com infographic.
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration
 
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