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Chemistry Nobel prize winners make proteins pretty

Okay, maybe that’s a bit besides the point, but it’s true. The three Nobel prize winners – Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie, and Roger Tsien- found and developed a protein from a jellyfish, dubbed Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP), and found a way to bind it to other proteins, including the protein that makes DNA, making genes traceable through a creature’s lifetime, and often its offspring’s. This process has been used to study the brain, heredity, and all aspects of biology. It has also created some pretty amazing-looking images. Wired News has its collection of images, as does Mark Zimmer of Connecticut College, who is also working on this technique.

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.