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Cyborg Noses

A lot of synthetic biology is about getting biology to be more like electrical engineering, designing genetic “logic gates” to create a living circuit board. Beyond analogies, however, cells have many fascinating electrical properties–proteins that transfer electrons like wires, membranes that separate ions and create an electrical charge that drives the metabolism of the cell,…

I’ve written before about artificial life researchers from the 18th and 20th centuries working to create robots that attempt to recreate the human voice. I recently saw this terrifying video over at the PopSci blog of a recent robotic voice machine and wanted to share it: Over at Noise For Airports, Nick shares a very…

As you can probably imagine, there are a lot of very interesting things that pop up when you have a google alert for “synthetic biology.” Here is today’s special find: a short dubstep song about synthetic biology by Dysoniq, featuring a voice talking about computer chips for your brain from this video, an interesting hour-long…

Flesh Eating Robots

Because of my recent interest in autonomous, biologically inspired robots, my friend Tami sent me some fascinating links about designs and concepts for future flesh eating robots. From New Scientist, furniture that captures vermin and uses the biomass to power fuel cells that run small electronics: From Wired, Human corpse powered robots being developed by…

Tiny Cyborgs

Synthetic biology deliberately equates genetic networks to electronic circuits, cells to machines, organisms to factories. In synthetic biology, every living can be thought of as a cyborg, a living machine that can be manipulated, changed to meet our needs, parts swapped in and out like a computer. Some projects in synthetic biology and biologically inspired…

iGEM genius

Things are gearing up for iGEM 2010, and in looking through some of the incredible work of the 2009 teams, I remembered the University of Washington Software team, who made an awesome lego robot that can move small volumes of liquid around in 96-well plates, a crucial and typically very expensive task in high-throughput biology.…

Synthetic Voices

Modern day biological engineering and artificial life research focuses on the microscopic, the molecular, the informational, the stuff of the scientific revolutions of the past one hundred years. Our current synthetic biologies aim to turn the living into the designed, the wet into the computational, the complex into the understandable. In the 1700’s, the interplay…

The Logo Turtle

My first exposure to programming was as a nerdy elementary schooler playing with Logo, a simple computer language written for educational use as a way to teach basic concepts in programming and computer science. The language controls the behavior of the “turtle,” a triangular cursor in the middle of the screen that can be programmed…