Posts Tagged ‘Albert Einstein’
 
Posted in Just Cool, Science by Courtney on October 12th, 2012
 

Portrait of Albert Einstein

Known for his fuzzy hair, quirky personality, and of course E=mc— Albert Einstein is the original “absent-minded professor”. Today he is regarded for being one of the most intelligent men in history. Have you ever wondered what sets him apart from the rest?

In 1955 a pathologist named Thomas Harvey removed, preserved, and photographed Einstein’s brain after an autopsy. Fast forward 57 years and Harvey has now given us the chance to digitize these samples, and they’ve been turned in to a new iPad app so we can take a closer look at the famous physicist’s brain . Via Discovery News:

A new iPad app lets anyone who wants to, take a microscopic look at Albert Einstein’s brain … The app was created by a Chicago museum that got permission to scan and make digital about 350 slides containing very thin slices of Einstein’s brain that were obtained after he died. Already, doctors studying Einstein’s brain discovered that his parietal lobe — which governs our understanding of math, language and spatial relationships — was 15 percent wider than normal. The slides will allow researchers to dig deep into the genius’ brain tissue and possibly find other areas that are different from the rest of our brains.

The app, which is dubbed “Einstein Brain Atlas“, can be purchased for just $9.99. One of the best parts about it? All profits from the sales will go to support the Department of Defense’s National Museum of Health and Medicine. Even after half a century, Einstein is still making an impact on modern day science.

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Photo credit: Yousef Karsh circa 1948.

 

 

 
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Posted in Art+Science, Just Cool, Science by Courtney on September 20th, 2012
 

Side by side images of Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein

Yes, you read that right! Pictured above are two famous portraits that were re-created using a special photo-printing method that actually involves the use of E. coli bacteria. The method was developed by former microbiologist Zachary Copfer, who can now add artist to his list of talents. Via PetaPixel:

Here’s how Copfer’s method works: he first takes a supply of bacteria like E. coli, turns it into a fluorescent protein, and covers a plate with it … Next, he creates a “negative” of the photo he wants to print by covering the prepared plate with the photo and then exposing it to radiation. He then “develops” the image by having the bacteria grow, and finally “fixes” the image by coating the image with a layer of acrylic and resin.

Using this process, he creates images of things ranging from famous individuals to Hubble telescope photos of galaxies.

Side by side images of galaxy and close up of Albert Einstein

Do you love the mash up of biology and art as much as we do? Be sure to read up on Zachary’s method, and check out more of his genetically modified photos.

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Header Image: Side by side bacteria prints of Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein via Gizmodo.
Galaxy image and Albert Einstein in a petri dish bacteria prints via PetaPixel.

 
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