Posted in biology, chemistry, communication and networking, medical imaging

Antibotics: Using storytelling to get kids to take their medicine

IDEO has come up with a cool idea to get kids (and grown ups) actually interested and informed on taking antibiotics the right way.

The Antibotics are a robot gang with a plan to save the world from the deadly bacteria that kills thousands of people, and cost the taxpayers £1 billion, annually.

How will this intrepid team of roving robots come to the rescue? By using digital storytelling, pills and packaging to educate parents and kids about how to use antibiotics properly.

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A great way to get kids engaged with actually taking their medicine and feeling proactive, as well as educational for both kids and grown-ups.

 

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The Microbes on the Handprint of an 8-Year-Old After Playing Outside | Colossal

This is really quite a stunningly beautiful study of the human hand in a unique and mirrored way.

We all know our bodies are home to countless millions of bacteria and microorganisms, but without seeing them with our bare eyes it’s almost impossible to comprehend. This petri dish handprint created by Tasha Sturm of Cabrillo College, vividly illustrates the variety of bacteria found on her 8-year-old son’s hand after playing outdoors. The print itself represents several days of growth as different yeasts, fungi, and bacteria are allowed to incubate.

It’s safe to say almost everything you see growing in this specimen is harmless and in many cases even beneficial to a person’s immunity, but it just goes to show why we sometimes it’s good to wash our hands. Sturm discusses in detail how she made the print in the comments of this page.

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A Sculptural Cloud of Plastic Bottles Illustrates One Hour of Trash in NYC | Colossal

If you saw this hanging out in a New York park last summer, now you know what it is:

It’s made from many, many plastic bottles stringed together. “53,780 used plastic bottles,” says designer Jason Klimoski, “the number thrown away in NYC in just 1 hour.” Klimoski and his team at STUDIO KCA collected the bottles – a combination of milk jugs and water bottles – and lashed them together to create “Head in the Clouds,” a pavilion people can walk into, sit inside, and contemplate just how much plastic is thrown away every day.

The structure, however, was temporary and the team is now looking for its next home. If you’re interested in having this in your back yard get in touch with the designers.

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This Device Sniffs Out Pollution And Turns It Into Digital Art | The Creators Project

A good way of explaining pollution to people is to visualize it:

:vtol:, aka Dmitry Morozov, has previously turned tattoos into experimental instruments and highlighted the beauty of barcodes. Now, with Digioxide, the Russian artist is turning pollution recognition into tangible artwork. The portable device is equipped with sensors that measure air pollution gases and dust particles. It’s connected to a computer via bluetooth and turns information about the concentration of dust and harmful gases such as CO, CO2, HCHO, CH4 and C3H8 into generative graphics, forming an abstract image.

Digioxide has a mobile printer that allows the pollution data to be turned into physical prints of the digitized images—pixilated, colored graphics that offer a “snapshot” of the surrounding air. :vtol: explains that the tool allows users to “freely move around a city, seek out ecologically problematic places, and turn their data into digital artworks.”

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10 Geeky Gifts Inspired by Science | DiscoverMagazine.com

Some are gross, some are cool, some are geeky gifts for school!

Sorry, it’s Friday, I’m feeling a little Dr. Seussy. But I thought they were worth sharing.

These crafty creations would make the perfect gift for the science lover in your life…

[editor’s note/admission: these are also available for sale for the crafty science lover with no time on your hands, but I make no money from this, it’s just FYI.]

10 Geeky Gifts Inspired by Science | DiscoverMagazine.com

10 Geeky Gifts Inspired by Science | DiscoverMagazine.com

10 Geeky Gifts Inspired by Science | DiscoverMagazine.com

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Creator Of Artificial Tornado Machine Makes Experimental Art With Physics | The Creators Project

Not much to add, really, just archiving this for my own purposes:

It’s not impossible to feel like you’re surveying Natural History when browsing the works of Alistair McClymont. See, for example, a wind-tunnel like machine that’s designed to hold a single drop of water sustained in mid-air:

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