Posts Tagged ‘WIRED’
 
Posted in Art in Nature, Photography, Science by Brittany on July 9th, 2014
 

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When you think of bees, you might not immediately think of them as majestic, beautiful or even positive in any way. Photographer and naturalist Clay Bolt has set out to change that.

The photographs were taken for the Beautiful Bees project, and aim to change the way we think about, research and see bees. You can see from the photographs that there are many kinds of this frequently-hated insect, and a closer look reveals colors and features that are often overlooked and endearing.

Seeing the bees this way, Bolt hopes will help people to respect and protect the nature around them.  See more photographs of bees, and other insects, birds and amphibians on Bolt’s website.

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Via Wired

Love the intersection of nature and art? Check out DNA 11!

 
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Posted in Contest by Courtney on February 2nd, 2012
 

This week we’re running an amazing contest with WIRED’s Geek Dad blog.

Simply visit our Facebook page and enter to win a 40×40″ Kiss Portrait or one of two copies of The Geek Dad Book For Aspiring Mad Scientists by Ken Denmead.

Just for entering we’ll give you a $100 DNA 11 gift code.

The contest runs until Thursday, February 9. We’ll annouce the winners on  Friday, Feburary 10.

Good luck!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Grand Prize winner Jon A. from Toronto, ON and book winners Mark C. from Irvine, CA and Jim R. from Lockport, NY. Thanks to everyone who entered!

 
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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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Posted in Contest by Adrian on July 25th, 2011
 

Geek Dad Contest

It must be the ridiculous heat causing us to go contest crazy so take advantage of us while you can.

This week we have another great one running with WIRED’s Geek Dad blog.

Simply visit our Facebook page and sign up to win a 24×36″ DNA Portrait or one of three copies of The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun by Ken Denmead.

Just for entering we’ll give you a $100 DNA 11 gift code.

The contest runs until Sunday, July 31 and we’ll annouce the winners on Monday, August 1.

Good luck!

 
 
Posted in DNA Ancestry, new product by Adrian on November 18th, 2010
 

Karim Rashid's DNA Ancestry PortraitThe secret is finally revealed!

DNA 11 has unveiled its first new product in two years — the DNA Ancestry Portrait.

Today at the WIRED Store in Manhattan, DNA 11 will be premiering this unique new form of art from life by unveiling the portrait of world-renowned designer and futurist, Karim Rashid, whom TIME Magazine declared the “Most Famous Industrial Designer in All the Americas”. His DNA Ancestry Portrait is featured in the photo to the left.

DNA Ancestry Portraits combine the science of genealogy and the technology of the mobile and social web to create a new form of augmented art.

The DNA Ancestry Portrait encodes a person’s DNA into a 2D barcode that when scanned with a smartphone unlocks the person’s lineage and leads them to a web page where their maternal ancestry, dating back thousands of years to the original homo sapiens in Africa, is unveiled.

The basis of the art piece is a DNA test that determines your maternal mtDNA haplogroup which is essentially your ancestral origins dating back

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thousands of years. That data is then plugged into a formula that generates a QR Code that you see in the artwork. When scanned by a smartphone or cameraphone, your DNA Ancestry Portrait will bring you to your personalized ancestry page.

Your DNA Ancestry web page contains a personalized description of your mtDNA haplogroup and its origins, an ancestry map and a thumbnail of

your DNA Ancestry Portrait. You can choose to keep this page private or share it with friends through Facebook and Twitter.

If you want to learn more about the scientific process behind DNA Ancestry Portraits check out the product page and download the product booklet (pdf).

Check out the product introduction video below for more information or your can check out our press release.

 
 
 
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