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Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito constructs incredible collage installations using illustrations cut from thousands of books, transforming empty rooms into vibrant, densely populated paper dioramas. Thus far he has created two different versions of his installation: The Island of Dr. Mastrovito in 2010 (comprised of illustrations cut from 1,100 books) and The Island of Dr. Mastrovito II, 2012 (comprised of illustrations cut from 1200 books), both of which play on H. G. Wells’ novel The Island of Doctor Moreau.

“His starting points for this site-specific work are the two most common forms of home recreation—books and television. The title of his installation refers to H. G. Wells’ famous novel The Island of Doctor Moreau, in which the archetypal “mad” scientist experiments upon animals in order to give them human traits. In this “Island,” the artist substitutes himself for the doctor, trying to instill a new life into that which was once alive in a different way (books from paper, paper from wood, and wood from trees). Mastrovito imagines that the outside fauna take control of the abandoned house and become its proper inhabitants.”

These are beautiful islands of colorful paper creatures. Visit Andrea Mastrovito’s website to explore more of his amazing artwork.

[via Laughing Squid]

After being fired from the 1996 film The Island of Dr. Moreau, original director Richard Stanley sneaked onto the set wearing a dog/human hybrid mask and shot scenes as an extra. Because he refused to take the mask off, he was never caught by the producers. Source

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Whoa, ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’.
It’s about a man who makes monsters.

S2/3 meta - The plausible keys to Cosima’s cure are revealed at the end of 2x08: Professor Duncan’s copy of 'The Island of Dr. Moreau’ which holds the key to his synthetic sequences, and the 'Angry Angel’ Helena who leaves her embryos in the liquid nitrogen canister in 2x10. (Human embryonic stem cells can be derived from preimplantation-stage embryos fertilized outside a woman’s body (in vitro)). 

“Any modern state with biotechnological advantage in altering the DNA and gene expression of any organisms or an entire population will be the leader of the race. Unlike the Arms Race, or the Space Race, the Biotechnology/GMO Race is even more controversial. The real nasty illegal research is kept off the books and is isolated in secret locations by many governments around the world. Some are made public as a show of power and pride…

Source: http://www.eurasiareview.com/16122013-silent-biotechnology-race-lingers-oped/

Biotechnology may soon have the most profound impact on national security far greater than cybersecurity ever could. According to open news sources:

  • In 1997, the first genetically modified human baby is born through in vitro fertilization techniques of Jacques Cohen, transplanting cytoplasm and mitochondrial DNA between different human embryos (one man and two women) in the US.
  • In 2001, it is reported that some 30 genetically engineered healthy babies are born worldwide.
  • Chinese scientists in 2003 crossed rabbit genes with a human embryo but destroyed them.
  • In 2008, Nikica Zaninovic of Cornell, successfully introduced GFP (green florescent proteins) from a species of a Jellyfish into human embryos but destroyed them.
  • In 2009 Professor Li Jianyuan clones human embryos in China with technique of donor cells injected into an egg.
  • In 2011, China genetically engineered cows to produce human milk.

This year, BGI Shenzhen, China’s largest biotech firm, is collecting 2,000 genomes of the smartest people in the world and hoping to raise the intelligence of their society by at least five percent in the future. Other websites say they are not doing this for reasons they cite as being too difficult. But either way, they are buying up massive amounts of sequencing machinery and genome related industries which will be used to map genomes and potentially screen for more advanced genetic traits in the future…”

PLAY MASS EFFECT THEY SAID.

YOU'LL LOVETHE STORY AND THE CHARACTERS THEY SAID.

YOU’LL FEEL SO ENGAGED AND WRAPPED UP IN IT ALL THEY SAID.

WELL YOU FUCKERS CAN PAY FOR MY FUNERAL WHEN THE FEELS KILL ME.

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The Brain Scoop:
Dissecting Ants

We like to think of microbial life as dirty, germy, bad nasty microscopic organisms that cause disease and illness. While it’s true that some microbes are not chiefly beneficial to us, we couldn’t live without the vast majority that ensure we are healthy and well-functioning. 

It’s pretty wild to think about all of the different species of microbes and how they specialize on different organisms. Take Dr. Corrie Moreau’s work on ants, for instance: she’s primarily interested in their unique gut microbes, and how those organisms evolved along with their ant hosts over millions of years. In this episode, she shows us how she dissects various parts out of ants in order to do further analysis in the lab. 

So, the next time you think of yourself as an individual, give a nod to the billions of microorganisms that help make you, you! 

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“The study of nature makes a man at last as remorseless as nature.” The Island of Dr Moreau, H.G. Wells