10 Posters Showing The Sweep And Grandeur Of Modern Science
Simon C. Page’s designs promoting the International Year of Chemistry are inspired by stories of intrepid researchers.
[I may buy all 10 they are so good!]
You might think of Bit.ly simply as a service that shortens links for your Twitter feed. But to Hilary Mason, the company’s chief scientist, Bit.ly is building a fresh new way to know what’s going on in the world.
Check out this video to learn more about Bit.ly’s mission and what inspires Mason to keep innovating.
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The world is on fire! Literally. NASA just released a virtual video tour of Earth’s fires. As it turns out, agricultural fires in the Southeast and Mississippi River Valley are more visible from space than the forest fires of the West. See more…
And now for today’s awesome science update: Arthur Olson’s Molecular Graphics Lab uses 3-D printers to spit out physical models of drugs and enzymes, and attaches augmented-reality tags to them so that computer vision can help researchers find the optimal fit. Think of it like playing with a Rubik’s cube, except the solution may help cure HIV.
Awesome science thing of the day: Scientists are working on a way to unlock the secrets of nature’s best camouflage artists, such as octopuses and squid. These creatures actually change patterns on their skin to fit in instantaneously with their undersea environment. New research can help create sheets of high-tech materials that could be used to camouflage submarines and tanks, creating a new generation of stealth. See how in this video. And check out more science, engineering, and design inspired by nature right here.
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Janine Benyus helped bring the word “biomimicry” into 21st century vocabularies. What is biomimicry? Let Benyus explain in this video.
(Source: Fast Company)
Photographer Vincent Fournier’s crisp, detached pictures of space facilities gives us a rare, stunning glimpse inside the World’s space programs, and straddle the divide between documentary and fantasy. See more.
Michael Hansmeyer is a Zurich architect who uses algorithms to generate absurdly complex structural columns. He recently created plastic 9 ft columns that each have about 16 million unique surfaces and no two columns—or even two surfaces—are the same. Take a look!
These surprisingly artful images of the Interxion Data Center in The Netherlands reveal the machinery that undergirds the data we all store in “The Cloud.” As you can see, “The Cloud” is actually a heavy, heavy thing. See more.
Late last night the Senate voted to pass the most significant patent reform bill in 60 years. Here’s what the new Patent Reform Act will mean for innovation.
What happens when the futuristic world of the Jetsons meets Mother Theresa? You get the Matternet, a flying electric autonomous vehicle that transports supplies and people from place to place. Where Matternet is going, it doesn’t need roads. But the people there need food and medicine. And these drones can bring it to them. Read more about the project here.