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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 DNA Ancestry, Just Cool by Courtney on January 26th, 2012
 

Are you curious about your roots? Check out these OkayAfrica videos to see how knowing their ancestry impacted members of The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest.

The Roots’ Questlove’s maternal lineage points to Sierra Leone, while Black Thought’s ancestry stems from the Mandinka Tribe, whose rich oral history was passed down by singers.

Q-Tip’s tribal ancestry links to Djola, a tribe who made a musical instrument similar to the banjo—which created Blues, which influenced music and lead to hip-hop—forever changing the modern music scene.

Showcase your own roots by adding a DNA Ancestry Signature to your DNA Portrait—it’s a scannable barcode “signature” that crosses over from physical to digital to trace your maternal lineage. The barcode is placed at the bottom right of your portrait in a color that compliments your DNA art.

Get 15% off + free shipping on any DNA 11 order with code VALENTINE15 (valid until Jan. 29).

Videos from OkayAfricaTV, in partnership with AfricanAncestry.
 
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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool, Science by Courtney on January 5th, 2012
 

Biology meets technology meets design—London-based designer Samuel Wilkinson has created the Biome, an awe-worthy, technologically-influenced flora terrarium. Its climate, nutrients and water level can be controlled through your smartphone or tablet. Via Design Milk:

According to Wilkinson, “the idea promotes ‘digital downtime’ by finding an alternative use for smartphones and encouraging their owners to consider a slower life. The control and nurturing of a real mini eco-system takes patience and care, contrasting with the immediacy of messaging or tweeting that is so characteristic of the smartphone generation.”

The Biome was developed for an exhibition titled Slow Tech – Designs for Digital Downtime at trend agency Protein’s exhibition space. The exhibition was curated by Henrietta Thompson (editor-at-large at Wallpaper*).

Photo by Sylvain Deleu.

 
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Posted in Contest, Cool Art Ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on December 21st, 2011
 

 

We know for a fact that fantastic gifts come in mini packages—like our DNA Mini Portraits—and that’s why we’re excited for today’s Holiday Countdown Contest give-away from MOO: 100 mini-cards and a Mosaic Frame!

Half the size of a standard business card, MiniCards are great for showing off your portfolio, your products or your business. With the option of a different image on every card, upload your own artwork or choose from thousands of designs. Position (and re-position) your MiniCards in a Mosaid Frame to make the perfect arrangement.

Want a chance to win today’s prize? Re-Tweet something from our Twitter feed, publicly share or comment on one of our Facebook posts, or comment on the blog for a chance to win.

Stay tuned all week for a chance to win DNA 11 portraits, CanvasPop prints,  and more!
(And if you haven’t yet entered to win the grand prize, enter today!).

 
 
Posted in Contest, gift ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on December 13th, 2011
 

We’re spreading colourful cheer today thanks to our friends at GelaSkins, who gave us two $40 vouchers to give away.

The best skins on the planet! GelaSkins are removable covers for protecting and customizing your portable devices. They feature stunning, photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images designed by our growing family of artists from around the globe. Stand out in the crowd with personalized protection from GelaSkins.

Wanna win? Visit our Facebook Page and “Share” today’s contest post. We’ll choose a winner at random!

Stay tuned all week for a chance to win DNA 11 portraits, CanvasPop prints and more!

(And if you haven’t yet entered to win the grand prize, enter today!).

 
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Posted in Contest, gift ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on December 12th, 2011
 

DNA 11 is merrily making the holidays even brighter with our Holiday Countdown Contest. With a Grand Prize and daily giveaways, we’re spreading the holiday cheer one day at a time!

Grand Prize (Value $600+!)
•   DNA Portrait from DNA 11
•   Canvas Print from CanvasPop (18×24″)
•   Bamboo Capture Tablet from Wacom

Daily Giveaways — December 12-23!
In addition to giving away a DNA Portrait and CanvasPop prints, some of our friends have also donated some goodies to help spread the cheer. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win great prizes from GelaskinsSincerelyBlurbMooCorelUmbra and more!

Contest Details
•   Grand-prize entries are accepted here until 12:00pm EST on December 23 at 12:00pm.
•   One grand-prize entry per person.
•   The grand-prize winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email on Dec. 28, 2011.
•   Daily winners will be chosen at random by the CanvasPop team.

Happy Holidays from DNA 11!

 
 
Posted in Art+Science, Cool Art Ideas, Educational, gift ideas, Just Cool, Science Tattoos by Courtney on December 8th, 2011
 


If you’ve already ordered your DNA 11 Gift Kit but still need something for the science-lover in your life, look no further! We’ve curated a few must-haves of the season, celebrating everything from molecules to DNA, sterling-silver to jellyfish.

Steampunk Rock Star Scientist Poster Art Prints (above)
If you’re like us, everyday is a celebration of Watson and Crick, the duo who together proposed the double helix/spiral staircase structure of the DNA molecule in 1953. Now you can pay tribute to your favourite scientists in style with these Steampunk Rock Star Scientist Prints.

 

Intro to Molecular Bonding T-Shirt
If you put six H’s, two C’s and one big O in a room together, what would happen? Consult Figure 1: Alcohol at a Party. Available as both men’s and women’s tees, it’s a perfect gift for those scientific party animals.

 

 

 

 

Biochemies DNA Plush Toys
These DNA plush toys magnetically interact where they hydrogen bond! These little guys aren’t available for purchase yet, but you can back the project on Kickstarter for first dibs on a set of your own when they’re released in March 2012. These happy bases would make great desk toys, educational tools, or gifts for current and aspiring scientists.

 

 

Molecular Cuisine Starter Kit
This culinary kit is more like chemistry set, containing sachets of agar-agar, calcium lactate, sodium alginate, soy lecithin and xanthan gum to help aspiring molecular chefs experiment at home. The kit also includes an arsenal of tools like a syringe and silicone tubing, plus a DVD of 50+ recipes for molecular implosion.
via Wired

 

Desktop Jellyfish Tank
Because regular aquariums just don’t cut it anymore! This kit includes all the essential tools to get started, from the 7 gallon tank, air pump and feeding tube, to a voucher for moon jellyfish delivery (they’re guaranteed to arrive alive!).  It’s the first affordable aquarium designed specifically for jellyfish and it’s as easy to maintain as a regular fish tank (which jellyfish can’t live in because they get sucked into the air filtration system). Available for pre-order.
via Kickstarter

 

Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed
Body art meets popular science in this mind-blowing collection of science-inspired tattoos. Written by renowned science writer Carl Zimmer, each tattoo provides a leaping-off point for reflection on the science in question—whether it’s the importance of an image of Darwin’s finches or the significance of the uranium atom inked into the chest of a young radiologist.

 

 

 

DNA bases charm bracelet
Charm her with a DNA bracelet! This sterling-silver bracelet was created to honour Rosalind Franklin, who’s x-ray crystallography work was critical in Watson and Crick’s determination of the double helix structure of DNA. The bracelet features charms of the four bases found in DNA: A, C, G, and T.

 

 
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