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Posted in Contest by Courtney on June 7th, 2012
 

UPDATE: Congratulations to Vincent F. from Raleigh, NC — he’s won his own DNA Portrait!

Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of the helix DNA structure, was born on June 8, 1916 and would have celebrated his 94th birthday tomorrow!

Via Wikipedia: Francis Harry Compton Crick was an English molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist, and most noted for being a co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule in 1953 together with James D. Watson. He, Watson and Maurice Wilkins were jointly awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material.

Crick was an important theoretical molecular biologist and played a crucial role in research related to revealing the genetic code. He is widely known for use of the term “central dogma” to summarize an idea that genetic information flow in cells is essentially one-way, from DNA to RNA to protein.

In honor of his birthday and countless molecular contributions, we’re celebrating Francis and giving away a DNA Portrait to one lucky winner. Enter on our Facebook page!

Rules
This give-away is open to residents of the contiguous USA or Canada.
One entry per person. Contest closes on June 13 at 11:59pm and we’ll contact the winner via email.

Want a DNA Portrait right now? Save 15% with code FrancisCrick15 until June 13. Join us in celebrating Francis’ birthday and scientific contributions!

 
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Posted in gift ideas by Courtney on June 7th, 2012
 

Are you still searching for the perfect gift for Dad? We’ve rounded up five of our favorite Father’s Day finds for the man who has everything.

 

BioLite Camp Stove: If Dad’s always connected but also loves the outdoors, the BioLite CampStove and USB Charger can cook meals and charge his gadgets with the renewable resource of sticks gathered from the forest floor. Reserve one today! Via The Coolist.

 


DNA 11 Gift Kit: Dad’s DNA is worth showing off, right? Our Gift Kit includes everything he needs to kick off the creation of his very own DNA Portrait. Order by June 8 for guaranteed delivery!

 

 

 

Pebble E-Paper Watch: We profiled this watch a couple of months ago, and it’s a perfect present for Dad! Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. Available for Pre-Order.

 

 


Hammer Screwdriver Combination Tool:  If Dad’s trying to pare down his tool collection with style (or you’re trying to give him the hint), this combination tool is the perfect gift. Crafted from durable tempered steel with a knurled, solid brass handle, this four-in-one design provides a claw hammer and three removable screwdrivers. Via uncrate.

 

 

Satechi BT:  This tiny Bluetooth portable wireless speaker has big sound and a built in mic. It works with most Bluetooth enabled devices, including Mac, iOS and Android. Measuring only 68.5mm square and 42mm tall, it weighs in at a slight 94g. Still, this packs 3W power output and an amplifier frequency range of 280Hz–16KHz. Via GeekDad.

 

 
 
Posted in Cool Art Ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on May 29th, 2012
 

Remember the great pop-up books of your childhood? Castles jumping off the page, witches flying their brooms, pirates sailing ships on surging seas? We came across these modern pop-ups for grown-ups on Colossal and had to share their monochrome magic.

Portland-based designer and art director Mengyu Chen is currently working on a new comic book and has mocked up some experimental pop-ups of her own design. The ideas and execution are really quite spectacular…

We love the simplicity of the paper airplane but were also blown away by these fireworks. Other pop-ups include a kaleidoscope and growing seedling.

Mengyu, aka Jenny, is an über talented artist who enjoys typography, letterpress, illustration, photography and crafts in many shades and colours. We especially connected with her TypePlay project, a collection of handdrawn and digital typography she created.

Despite the colorful pop-up books I grew up on, I can almost appreciate these more—they’re bare bones black and white, but still iconic symbols of childhood, cemented in reality.

Are you also a fan of B&W art? Our DNA Portraits, Fingerprint Portraits and Kiss Portraits all have crisp, modern black and white color schemes.

 
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Posted in Art+Science by Courtney on May 3rd, 2012
 

When science and art collide, the results are awe-inspiring. The video above by Martijn Steenwijk is the Grand Prize Winner in the  Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience’s 2012 Art of Neuroscience competition. These amazing entries merged neuroscience with artistic inflections. Via Discover Magazine:

The video used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to visualize brain function and anatomy. Also keep an ear on the soundtrack, which was composed by assigning each brain activity pattern to an instrument. The instrument’s pitch varies with intensity of brain activity—raw thought translated into music.

“Organized Chaos” by S. Hoyng (left) received Honourable Mention at the awards. This brain slice from a human autopsy has taken on vivid color in the hands of a neuroscientist: green from infection by a lentivirus, red for neurons, blue for the nuclei of brain cells.

We’re always stoked to find other Art+Science initiatives and collaborations, like these science tattoos or the DNA of film.

Have you discovered a cool Art+Science project? Share it with us!

 
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Posted in Just Cool, Science by Courtney on April 27th, 2012
 

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 fall—the longest ever attempted—he will face temperatures as low as –70°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, 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. Baumgartner’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 fall—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.

 
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Posted in Art+Science, DNA 11 New Zealand, International, Science by Courtney on April 25th, 2012
 

A DNA 11 portrait has been included in The New Zealand Portrait Gallery’s Art of Science exhibit, running now until May 22, 2012.

The Art of Science features paintings from the Royal Society of New Zealand’s private collection of portraits of notable scientists, capturing the connections between artists and scientists, and between science and art. The exhibit looks at the different ways scientists and artists appreciate colour and light.

This exhibit was one of the first times that a DNA portrait has been shown in New Zealand. We created it from a DNA sample from Professor Sir Peter Gluckman (above), the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.

Want to create your own DNA Portrait? Get started at www.dna11.com.

 
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Posted in DNA Art in the News, DNA11 Art News, media by Courtney on April 20th, 2012
 

Happy DNA Day! Today celebrates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953. It’s a day for commemorating all things DNA, so we we’re sharing a behind-the-scenes look at how we turn your DNA into art, via CNN Money.

You can save 20% and get free shipping today through Sunday! Enter code DNADAY2012 and create your very own DNA, Fingerprint or Kiss Portrait!

 
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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week by Courtney on April 13th, 2012
 

Owning an iPhone or Android smartphone just got even better with Pebble, the first watch designed for the 21st century. It’s more than a gadget—it’s a control center! Via Kickstarter:

It’s infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. While designing Pebble, we strove to create a minimalist yet fashionable product that seamlessly blends into everyday life. 

Control your music, track distances when cycling or running, and even customize your watchface to match your mood or outfit! Pebble is working on a variety of apps to vastly expand the watch’s functionality, too.

We’ve backed this deal by pledging to buy the Office Pack, so five of us here at DNA 11 will be sync’d in style. Maybe we’ll even match our watchfaces to our own dna portraits!

 
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Posted in Contest, Science by Courtney on April 5th, 2012
 

James Watson, the co-discoverer of the helix DNA structure, is celebrating his 84th birthday on Friday, April 6. Happy Birthday, James!

Via Wikipedia: James Dewey Watson is an American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist, best known as a co-discoverer of the structure of DNA in 1953 with Francis Crick. Watson, Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material. After studies at the University of Chicago and Indiana University, James worked at the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory in England, where he first met his future collaborator and friend Francis Crick.

In honor of his birthday and countless molecular contributions, we’re throwing James an online Birthday Bash and giving away a DNA Portrait to one lucky winner. Enter on our Facebook page!

Rules
This give-away is open to residents of the contiguous USA or Canada.
One entry per person. Contest closes on  April 11 at 11:59pm and we’ll contact the winner via email on April 12.

Want a DNA Portrait right now? Save 15% with code JamesWatson15 until April 11. Join us in wishing James a Happy Birthday and good luck in the give-away!

 
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Posted in gift ideas by Courtney on April 4th, 2012
 

Moms deserve the best, hands down! Make sure she knows how special she is by giving her an extraordinary gift this Mother’s Day—personalized art of her family.

We’ve all seen the darling hand prints that children bring home from school, but those little fingers can create even more lasting art. Our Fingerprint Portraits capture kids’ individuality while appealing to Mom’s sense of decor. With a plethora of sizes and 25 color options, those small fingers will quickly become one of their finest masterpieces. It’s not too late to order a Fingerprint Portrait and receive the printed canvas artwork in time for May 13.

Family DNA Portraits are also a big hit with Mom. We can include up to four family members’ DNA on one canvas, showcasing the unique traits of each person as well as the whole family’s togetherness. Order a DNA Portrait Gift Kit and you’ll have a special present for Mom ready to go on Mother’s Day.

If you’re still stumped and not sure what Mom will like, give her a DNA 11 gift certificate and let her do the choosing!

 
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