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 fallâ€”the longest ever attemptedâ€”he will face temperatures as low as â€“70Â°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,Â 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. Baumgartnerâ€™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 fallâ€”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.
Via Wikipedia: James Dewey WatsonÂ is an AmericanÂ molecular biologist,Â geneticist, andÂ zoologist, best known as a co-discoverer of the structure ofÂ DNAÂ in 1953 withÂ Francis Crick. Watson, Crick, andÂ Maurice WilkinsÂ were awarded the 1962Â Nobel Prize in Physiology or MedicineÂ for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure ofÂ nucleic acidsÂ and its significance for information transfer in living material.Â After studies at theÂ University of ChicagoÂ andÂ Indiana University, James worked at theÂ University of Cambridge’sÂ Cavendish LaboratoryÂ in England, where he first met his future collaborator and friendÂ Francis Crick.
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Montreal-based architectÂ Federico CarbajalÂ creates anatomical architectures out of galvanized wire, stainless steel and acrylic through what he callsÂ 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.Â The physical and metaphysical presence of the human body emanate through a combination of transparent planes and spatial lines.
View more of Federicoâ€™s work on hisÂ portfolio site.
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Nothing says “I Love You” like a gift from the heart. So why not give anÂ anatomicallyÂ correctÂ Plush Beating Heart? Your lover will know you’re serious and it will keep things pumping between you two.
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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 banjoâ€”which created Blues, which influenced music and lead to hip-hopâ€”forever changing the modern music scene.
Showcase your own roots by adding aÂ DNA Ancestry SignatureÂ to yourÂ DNA Portraitâ€”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.
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Carl Zimmerâ€”the bona fide curator of science-based body artâ€”recently released his book Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed, a mind-blowing collection of tattoos that pay homage to everything from Darwinâ€™s finches to neural nets, and of course DNA.
Popular Scienceâ€™s article Science Ink: A Taxonomy of Tattoos Inspired by Science features a jaw-dropping gallery of the book’s body art:
The science obsessedâ€”or at least those enthusiastic enough to etch their favorite equations, diagrams, schematics, and formulas directly onto their dermisesâ€”show off their needlework in a coffee table-worthy collection of pics, arranged by Zimmer into categories centered on major scientific disciplines: math, chemistry, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, astronomy, and a dedicated chapter on DNA.
We canâ€™t wait to get our hands on this book and explore the personal connections between science buffs and their inspired tattoos.
DNA 11 has received a lot of high profile attention in the media but it’s always extra awesome when it’s someone like Conan who we’re all HUGE fans of around here.
Conan’s guest on the show was Elijah Wood, a great friend of DNA 11, and the topic of his DNA portrait came up.
While we can assure everyone that Elijah is an original, we can’t vouch for Conan (maybe NBC really did get him).
If that doesn’t make sense, watch the full interview clip here: http://teamcoco.com/video/elijah-wood-secret-look-young
We’re with CoCo!
DNA 11 was selected by HGTV’s Candice Olson to be featured on NBC’s TODAY Show earlier this week. Candice, along with Kathie Lee and Hoda discuss our DNA Portraits and Fingerprint Portraits as cool art ideas.
View the video of the DNA art featured on the TODAY Show below!