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Posted in Art+Science, DNA Art in the News, gift ideas, How it's Made, Just Cool by Courtney on August 2nd, 2012
 

What’s the best gift for the co-founder of Apple’s 62nd birthday? DNA Art from DNA 11, of course!

Steve Wozniak’s surprise birthday party was the hottest event in San Francisco last night. Woz spoke to the crowd alongside his present — the DNA Portrait we created for him. His DNA art was also transformed into a birthday cake thanks to our digital download feature.

How was Steve Wozniak’s DNA Portrait created? DNA 11 extracted his DNA from a simple cheek swab, then ran it through a gel and a process called electrophoresis in our lab. Smaller pieces of DNA move faster than larger pieces through the gel pores, so the result is a series of DNA strands separated from one another based on size, with the largest strands on the top of the gel and the smallest bands at the bottom. This process ensures the unique DNA extends into a unique order.

Fusion-io, where Woz is chief scientist, planned the surprise party. Guests secretly invited to the museum received pink boas, noise makers and a chance to test their skills on Tetris.

It was a real honor to create his portrait. Happy Birthday, Woz!

Photos via AllThingsD.com

 
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Posted in Inspiration, Just Cool by Courtney on July 3rd, 2012
 

Via Ted.com: The more that robots ingrain themselves into our everyday lives, the more we’re forced to examine ourselves as people. At TEDxBerkeley, Ken Goldberg shares four very human lessons that he’s learned from working with robots.

We’re always excited about robots, but we especially liked this video because we caught up on some new robotic advances while being reminded of life lessons we too often forget:

1. Always question assumptions.
2. When in doubt, improvise.
3. When your path is blocked, pivot.
4. There’s no substitute for practice, practice, practice.

Have you been humbled by technology and/or learned any lessons from it?

Ken Goldberg is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in Robotics, Automation, and New Media at UC Berkeley and holds a position at UC San Francisco Medical School where he researches medical applications for robotics.

 
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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 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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Posted in Cool Art Ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on May 29th, 2012
 

Remember the great pop-up books of your childhood? Castles jumping off the page, witches flying their brooms, pirates sailing ships on surging seas? We came across these modern pop-ups for grown-ups on Colossal and had to share their monochrome magic.

Portland-based designer and art director Mengyu Chen is currently working on a new comic book and has mocked up some experimental pop-ups of her own design. The ideas and execution are really quite spectacular…

We love the simplicity of the paper airplane but were also blown away by these fireworks. Other pop-ups include a kaleidoscope and growing seedling.

Mengyu, aka Jenny, is an über talented artist who enjoys typography, letterpress, illustration, photography and crafts in many shades and colours. We especially connected with her TypePlay project, a collection of handdrawn and digital typography she created.

Despite the colorful pop-up books I grew up on, I can almost appreciate these more—they’re bare bones black and white, but still iconic symbols of childhood, cemented in reality.

Are you also a fan of B&W art? Our DNA Portraits, Fingerprint Portraits and Kiss Portraits all have crisp, modern black and white color schemes.

 
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Posted in Just Cool, Science by Courtney on April 27th, 2012
 

Have you ever strapped a parachute to your back, hopped on a plane and then dove from the sky? If you think that’s intense, skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s next attempt is going to blow your mind. Via Pop-Sci:

Felix intends to climb into a capsule suspended beneath a helium balloon, rise 23 miles above Roswell, New Mexico, open the capsule door, and jump out. On the 120,000-foot free fall—the longest ever attempted—he will face temperatures as low as –70°F and speeds of more than 700 miles an hour, becoming the first person to accelerate through the sound barrier without a craft.

At the outset of the project, no high-altitude full-pressure suit had ever been built specifically to withstand this kind of controlled free fall. Engineers at the David Clark Company, which builds full-pressure suits for NASA and the Department of Defense, spent four years developing one. Baumgartner’s jump will be the first live trial at Mach speeds.

His special suit, above, has four layers, including a fire-retardant insulator, a mesh restraint and a gas-filled bladder. The suit will help Baumgartner maintain delta position (head down, feet up) throughout his free fall—crucial if he is to avoid a flat spin.

 

If Felix succeeds, his daredevil DNA is definitely worth showcasing through a DNA portrait. We think the perfect colour scheme would be Firesky in celebration of his Mach manifesto.

Check out more photos and details on Felix’s daredevil threads.

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

Tunto Powerkiss lamp

Form and function? We’re all over this Tunto PowerKiss Lamp, which provides a powerful glow and integrated wireless charging station for your mobile devices. Via Uncrate:

Made from bent, ultrathin wood board, this unique lamp features PowerKiss wireless charging technology built into the base, touch-sensitive sensors for power and light intensity, and nine ultrathin LED lamps to provide plenty of light.

The Tunto PowerKiss is available in oak, walnut and birch for about $1,400 and is a perfect complement to your modern home.

If you’ve been searching for modern art, check out our DNA Portraits—the ultimate personalized art for fresh interiors.

 
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Posted in Art+Science, Cool Art Ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on March 8th, 2012
 

Photo of wire hands

When art meets science, we’re all over it. Afterall, that pairing inspired our DNA Portraits and our other personalized art like Fingerprint and Kiss portraits.

Montreal-based architect Federico Carbajal creates anatomical architectures out of galvanized wire, stainless steel and acrylic through what he calls spatial sketching. Federico describes his work:

With the influence of the old masters and the early works of Alexander Calder, to current digital 3D media and architectural representation, these tridimensional hybrids bring together drawing, architecture and sculpture in order to create a coherent spatial entity.

Spatial sketching allows for the possibility of new representations of images in space, exploring the void and the dematerialization of volume.  The physical and metaphysical presence of the human body emanate through a combination of transparent planes and spatial lines.

View more of Federico’s work on his portfolio site.

Via Colossal / Street Anatomy.

 
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Posted in Contest, Just Cool by Courtney on March 7th, 2012
 

A DNA 11 Fingerprint Portrait adds an element of individual design to any room. No matter what your décor or colour scheme, your portrait will stand out on the wall as a testament to your uniqueness.

Tell us which room you’d hang your Fingerprint Portrait in for a chance to win one! Leave a comment on this blog post, tell us on Twitter, or share on our Facebook wall.

Entry Details
We’ll award a 12×12″ Fingerprint portrait to one lucky winner on Monday, March 12. We’ll also randomly award $100 DNA gift vouchers to people who retweet this giveaway or share it on Facebook.

Good luck!

 
 
 
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