It’s no secret that DNA is one of our passions! When we stumbled upon this great¬†infographic, we knew we had to share. Created by Microsoft Project’s series, Great Projects, the infographic explores the plans, specs, and outcome of the great Human Genome Project (HGP).
Completed in 2003, the HGP is considered the largest collaborative biological project in history. It aided scientists in mapping out our genetic blueprint, pinpointing disease causing genes, and gave us major insight into our evolutionary history. Read up on some more interesting facts about HGP above!
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Check out these unique pendant lamps, created by California-based Roxy Russell Design. Named the Medusae Collection, each of the four lamps in this series are designed to resemble freshwater jellyfish. The lamps all measure aabout three feet in height, and are created from polyester mylar.
What do you think of these rare designs? Would you hang one in your home to spice up your d√©cor? Share with us in the comments!
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Created by artist Noah Scalin, this portrait series called Natural Selection¬†depicts famous scientists by using everyday materials. Scalin has chosen some great scientists, whose works have made an incredible impression on our world — Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Rosalind Franklin, Alan Turing.
Each portrait is laid out as a diptych, including a portrait of the deceased scientist as well as a representation of their skull. The portraits were created using materials such as feathers, computer keys, and even dice. What do you think of Scalin’s unorthodox portraits? Share with us in the comments!
Unique art is our passion! Have you checked out our¬†DNA Portraits¬†yet?
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Unique art is our passion, we revel in it! That’s why we’re slightly obsessed with this cool new project by photographer Jon Smith. He focuses on capturing high speed photos of¬†incandescent¬†light bulbs filled with various objects — liquids, powders, dessert sprinkles. He will sometimes dip the bulbs in paint, before filling them, to create even more of a ‘wow’ factor upon impact. Smith’s mind-bending photos are set to be turned into metal prints, and displayed later this year at a show in the United States.
What do you think of Smith’s cool mix of art + science? Share with us in the comments!
Photo credit: Colossal¬†
Check out these absolutely brilliant photos by Japanese chemist and photographer, R. Tanaka.¬†His¬†goal was to capture a microscopic look into some of the world’s most photogenic elements, and he’s managed to do just that. We’re blown away by this rare mix of¬†art + science, and his ability to turn these mysterious substances into a work of beauty and intrigue. He’s managed to bring the¬†periodic¬†table of elements to life with his fascinating¬†project.
Watch him turn elements such as bismuth, platinum, and even lead into art below.
Photo credit: Neatorama¬†
Why step outside to gaze at the moon when you can just admire your credenza? This design by¬†Sotirios Papadopoulos¬†features a photo-realistic image of the moon that has been treated with special material so that it glows in the dark. It will absorb the lights of the sun and in your home during the day and be luminescent at night.
There are only 24 of these credenzas available, and they ship with a CD of original music designed to go with the piece. I hope it includes recordings of howling wolves.
We’ve recently been hearing some very big, and very interesting news out of the DNA world! Researchers have claimed to have found a more¬†efficient¬†alternative to storing information on a computer hard drive — rather they are suggesting they have the capabilities to replace the hard drive with DNA.¬†Via Engadget:
We’ve seen scientists experiment with DNA as a storage medium — most recently with a¬†Harvard team¬†fitting 704TB of data onto a single gram of the genetic material — and it looks like that research trend is only picking up. Scientists at the European Bioinformatics Institute in the UK have encoded an MP3 file — along with a digital photo and all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets¬†– into DNA, with a hulking storage density of 2.2 petabytes per gram. The information was written using the language of DNA’s four bases (A, T, C and G, if you remember high-school bio), and to provide error correction the scientists reserved one of the letters to break up long runs of any of the other three bases. In practice, this system allowed for 100-percent accuracy in sequencing and retrieving the encoded files. Though DNA storage is still quite expensive, the researchers say this method could eventually provide a viable option for archiving information, especially considering DNA’s high capacity and long life span. Still, you won’t be ditching that hard drive¬†just¬†yet.
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Photo credit: The Telegraph
This installation may be¬†art + science at it’s finest! We’re amazed at how innovative, and unique this idea is — to see it in person would be truly thrilling. These photos were created by Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde, and are a part of his Nimbus series. Here’s some more information behind the photos, via Colossal:
Smilde‚Äôs methods … are less mythic and more practical, instead relying on delicate balance of smoke, moisture and light. Of course science alone¬†doesn’t¬†account for the striking visual impact contained in each image, as the artist carefully selects the perfect location for the creation of each cloud and then painstakingly lights it from behind for the desired effect. Via email Smilde tells me that it can take quite a while to get all of the elements in place for each cloud and that the installation is so fleeting, the use of photography is critical in capturing the split second where everything becomes perfect.
Smilde has three upcoming exhibitions this year including¬†Ronchini Gallery¬†in London from January 16 through February 16, the¬†SFAC Galleries¬†in San Francisco from February through April, and at¬†Land of Tomorrow¬†in Louisville, Kentucky also from February through April.
If you‚Äôre looking to create your own personal work of art, check out our¬†unique portrait¬†ideas that also combine science and art.
Exciting news for those¬†conspiracy theorists out there! A Texan researcher and her team of scientists claim to have confirmed the¬†existence¬†of what we refer to as Bigfoot — A.K.A. The Great Bear, Yeti, Sasquatch, Abominable Snowman, or Harry. Here is some more information on the study, and its findings via Red Orbit:
Researcher Melba Ketchum led a team of scientists in a five-year¬†DNA study¬†purporting to confirm the existence of the hominin hybrid species commonly referred to as Bigfoot. The findings of this study are not yet published and are currently undergoing peer review.
The study findings suggest that the mythical creature known as Bigfoot is a human relative that emerged approximately 1,500 years ago as a hybrid cross between modern¬†Homo sapiens¬†and another as yet unknown primate species. The team was a multi-disciplinary group of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging and pathology. Dr. Ketchum confirms that the team has sequenced three complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and has determined that the species is definitively a human hybrid.
‚ÄúOur study has sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and utilized next generation sequencing to obtain 3 whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples. The genome sequencing shows that Sasquatch mtDNA is identical to modern¬†Homo sapiens, but Sasquatch nuDNA is a novel, unknown hominin related to Homo sapiens and other primate species. Our data indicate that the North American Sasquatch is a hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female¬†Homo sapiens,‚ÄĚ said Ketchum.
With any news or emerging research such as this, there is alot of¬†scepticism¬†surrounding¬†the study. Via Neurologica:
Let me offer a preliminary alternate hypothesis. The hair samples that contain only human mtDNA are from a human. The samples from which the nuDNA is isolated are also from humans but with some contaminants or some other animal source mixed in. That seems to be a more parsimonious interpretation. I would like to know more about the source of the DNA, but I guess that will have to wait for the full details to be published. The fact that the human DNA is modern human (hence the need for the alleged hybridization to have occurred so recently in the past) is most easily explained as the source simply being modern humans.
While Ketchum¬†does have the experience and expertise to lend to her credibility — she has over 27 years of research experience in genetics and forensics –¬†many sources are saying she will likely have issues getting her study published. Many are thinking the study should have gone under peer review, before being released to the media.¬†What are your opinions on her study? We’d love to hear from you!
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Photo credit: Huffington Post
At DNA 11, we know all too well just how unique we all are. Your Fingerprint, DNA, and Kiss portraits are all individual representations of who you are – but how much do you really know about what makes you, well, you? DNA determines everything about us. From what hair colour you have, to how long you will live, to whether or not you’ll have dimples! Check out this great video showcasing “18 Things You Should Know About Genetics” by David Murawsky. Let us know what you think in the comments!