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Bee hives are a little terrifying. Colonies have 20,000 to 60,000 bees, all of whom beat their wings 200 times per second. It’s amazing, then, that videographer-photographer Michael Sutton, was only stung three times while shooting his high-speed short, Apis Mellifera: Honey Bee.
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Bee hives are a little terrifying. Colonies have 20,000 to 60,000 bees, all of whom beat their wings 200 times per second. It’s amazing, then, that videographer-photographer Michael Sutton, was only stung three times while shooting his high-speed short, Apis Mellifera: Honey Bee.

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Feeding The World’s Under-Nourished … With Crickets
An innovative new solution to hunger from a group of students at McGill University, in Montreal would produce and distribute edible insects on an industrial scale.

The idea is to distribute cricket-producing kits to the world’s slums as a way of improving diets, and giving people more income. Families would eat what they needed, while selling the rest for processing into flour, and other products.

Here’s the story.

Feeding The World’s Under-Nourished … With Crickets

An innovative new solution to hunger from a group of students at McGill University, in Montreal would produce and distribute edible insects on an industrial scale.

The idea is to distribute cricket-producing kits to the world’s slums as a way of improving diets, and giving people more income. Families would eat what they needed, while selling the rest for processing into flour, and other products.

Here’s the story.

Heavy.

The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe. But  what about a fruit fly’s? While only the size of a pinhead, it’s still  pretty motherf’ing complicated. Which is why a team of scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute used an ingenious technique called "Brainbow" to make their job easier, revealing fine neural structures with unprecedented clarity.
Before Brainbow, scientists interested in tracing the structural  connections between neurons could only color-code them one or two at a  time using crude dyes. That meant slicing, staining, and combining many  separate samples to build up a map of even tiny portions of a brain.  Brainbow uses genetically engineered fluorescent proteins to make the  neurons color-code themselves, right in the brain, in up to 100  different glowing colors. This makes it easier for scientists to clearly  map the overall structure and tangled mass of connections, and also  zero in on tiny individual areas of interest. Call it neuroscience by  way of Massimo Vignelli.
Brainbow had already been demonstrated on lab mice, so why use it on lowly drosophila melanogaster instead of a bigger, “cooler” animal? As Technology Review explains, “these organisms have a very sophisticated set of existing  genetic tools, [so] researchers can exert even greater control over when  and where the fluorescent proteins are expressed.” Which means better,  more informative pictures, and better, more informative science. (The  researchers’ modified color-coding techniques for the fruit fly are  called dBrainbow and Flybow.)

More photos over at Co. Design.

Heavy.

The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe. But what about a fruit fly’s? While only the size of a pinhead, it’s still pretty motherf’ing complicated. Which is why a team of scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute used an ingenious technique called "Brainbow" to make their job easier, revealing fine neural structures with unprecedented clarity.

Before Brainbow, scientists interested in tracing the structural connections between neurons could only color-code them one or two at a time using crude dyes. That meant slicing, staining, and combining many separate samples to build up a map of even tiny portions of a brain. Brainbow uses genetically engineered fluorescent proteins to make the neurons color-code themselves, right in the brain, in up to 100 different glowing colors. This makes it easier for scientists to clearly map the overall structure and tangled mass of connections, and also zero in on tiny individual areas of interest. Call it neuroscience by way of Massimo Vignelli.

Brainbow had already been demonstrated on lab mice, so why use it on lowly drosophila melanogaster instead of a bigger, “cooler” animal? As Technology Review explains, “these organisms have a very sophisticated set of existing genetic tools, [so] researchers can exert even greater control over when and where the fluorescent proteins are expressed.” Which means better, more informative pictures, and better, more informative science. (The researchers’ modified color-coding techniques for the fruit fly are called dBrainbow and Flybow.)

More photos over at Co. Design.