zomg science

An artist’s rendition of what it will look like when robot bees swarm to build a skyscraper in South Korea.

 Writing in eVolo, an architecture magazine, Danielle Del Sol says, “These bees aren’t interested in honey: these workers will actually build a structure. Each robot is capable of using cartridges filled with agents that enable them to construct literal physical material, which the designers dub "augmented synthetic material.”

In an example of life imitating art, biologists and bioengineers at UC San Diego have created a living neon sign composed of millions of bacterial cells that periodically fluoresce in unison like blinking light bulbs.

… Because bacteria are sensitive to many kinds of environmental pollutants and organisms, the scientists believe this approach could be also used to design low cost bacterial biosensors capable of detecting an array of heavy metal pollutants and disease-causing organisms.

Picture: Haematite by Gemma Anderson.

I found a drawing of [haematoma] of the brain by R.Hooper which reminded me so much of a particular haematite specimen I had seen at UCL and so I decided to recreate the drawing of the brain(a zoological specimen) with haematite (a mineral specimen) because of their anatomical resemblances to one another.

Empa scientists mimic photosynthesis in photo-electrochemical cells using haematite and phycocyanin (a light-harvesting pigment used by blue-green algae, aka Lina Blue food coloring) electrodes. (Source)

There seems to be a delicate balance where organic molecules not only survive harsh photocatalytic conditions, but even convey an additional benefit to ceramic photocatalysts: They double the photocurrent. This is a big step forward.

Scientists/evil villains from Cornell University (backed by the Pentagon) have created a ‘time cloak’ that can hide an event for 40 trillionths of a second.

National Geographic:

The new research builds on recent demonstrations of “invisibility cloaks” that can make objects seem to disappear by bending waves of visible light.

The idea is that, if light moves around an object instead of striking it, that light doesn’t get scattered and reflected back to an observer, making the object essentially invisible.

Now Cornell University scientists have used a similar concept to create a hole in time, albeit a very short one: The effect lasts around 40 trillionths of a second.

New statistical tool MINE (Maximal Information-based Nonparametric Exploration) developed by two brothers from Harvard and MIT to allow searching for relationships in large datasets. http://www.exploredata.net/

I am very excited. I’ve been waiting for something like this for years. There are now three things that I would like to happen:

1. All ecological data from peer-reviewed journals should be pooled into a giant dataset, so that previous research can be used to find correlations.

2. Public contribution to the dataset (e.g. soil pH, species surveys, etc.). In order for this to work, I think data entrants would have to be ranked so that you can search for peer-reviewed data and/or public data, and so that data has varying clout depending on the source type.

3. MODELS. SO MANY MODELS. Automatically computed based on data and data relationships over time and updated whenever someone adds to the dataset.