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Bacterial Builders

Check out this awesome video of a computer-controlled swarm of magnetic bacteria building a pyramid out of tiny bricks!!! From IEEE Spectrum, via It Takes 30, the always fascinating blog from Harvard Systems Biology, the department my lab is in!

It turns out that my wonderful iGEM students, besides being brilliant scientists, are also excellent, hilarious actors. Please enjoy their Jersey Shore inspired video about molecular cloning:

Everyone’s favorite Slovenian philsopher, Slavoj Žižek, discussing his provocative perspective on nature, ecology, biotechnology, and climate change while dumpster diving: via Immanent Discursivity (thanks Nick!)

The World Science Festival starts today in New York City with tons of exciting events from BioArt to The Science of Star Trek and all sorts of great stuff in between! If you can’t make it to New York there’s also a twitter page and a blog here on ScienceBlogs accompanying the event that you…

Synthetic Neandertals?

I had the pleasure of chatting with John Hawks about the two big science news stories of the past few months, the synthetic genome and the Neandertal genome, for Science Saturday at bloggingheads.tv. John is a professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin who studies population genetics of ancient humans, as well as a…

This is a pretty old video we made about Craig Venter that I’ve shared before on Hydrocalypse, but I think now is a good time to share it again. When Craig isn’t creating synthetic bacteria, he’s sailing the world, searching the oceans for interesting DNA sequences. We were inspired by this lifestyle (and sometimes even…

Silkworm Rap

So I had this great post planned about the Boston aquapocalypse but by the time I managed to get some water samples to the lab they had started heavily chlorinating the water and no bacteria were left! Since negative results don’t make for good blog posts, please enjoy this video of my silkworms dancing to…

Cocoon!

Silks are incredible protein fibers produced by many different species of insects. Besides their use in making versatile textiles, silks are currently used in many different medical and engineering applications, from sutures to tissue engineering scaffolds to flexible electrode brain implants. Since I love fabrics and I’m interested in what biological engineers can do with…

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…

The Beard-ome

Another Hydrocalypse Industries original production, the Beard-ome presents imaginary work on the genomics of the beard. What’s lying beneath your beard?