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.

 

Posted in communication and networking, food

The PancakeBot Will 3-D Print Your Breakfast And Turn It Into Art | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

More hackers are using technology to create art. This is a very tasty example.

For those of us who can barely roll out of bed in time for a bowl of cereal before work, pancakes for breakfast might seem a little aspirational. Especially pancakes shaped like, say, the Eiffel Tower. But if you’re bored with your usual morning routine, a new 3-D printer will do some of the work for you: Give the PancakeBot a picture of a kitten or President Obama, and it will print you a fluffy, edible masterpiece.

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Posted in biology, chemistry, physics

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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Posted in communication and networking, engineering, music

Sound Looks Like This | Co.Design

Visualizing the waves that sound makes can be tricky but stunningly hypnotic:

For The Essence of Sound, that meant filming lycopodium powder as it shakes and dances in time to music by Sie’s friend and composer Clemens Haas. The music played out of a subwoofer placed nearby.

Sie uses lycopodium powder–an ultra-fine powder made from clubmoss spores–because its delicate texture creates the best expressions of sound oscillations. The finished product (made for German audio systems company Burkhardtsmaier) looks like a perfect storm of extreme weather: The powder bubbles up like molten lava, breaks apart like an earthquake, and finally gets blown upwards, in a micro-tornado, before settling back down.

You can see more of Sie’s work here.

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Posted in communication and networking, electronic imaging and displays

MIT Students Invent A Universal Language Made Of GIFs | Co.Design

My grandfather used to write me letters in pictograms, so using a sheep (ewe) when asking “how are you?” This sort of reminds me of that, but way more complicated.

Which GIF better expresses happiness? This one of Ren and Stimpy bouncing up and down, or this one of Lost’s John Locke grinning with an orange slice in his mouth? Does your opinion change if Grumpy Cat is added in? These seemingly trivial questions about how you perceive animated GIFs is the central task of GIFGIF, a project from MIT Media lab that isn’t just a fun web game, but a first step toward building up a universal library of non-verbal communication.

GIFGIF was born out of a series of conversations over the watercooler at MIT between Kevin Hu, a first year master’s student studying data visualization and network analysis, and Travis Rich, a first year PhD student with a background in electric engineering. Although Hu and Rich don’t have the same credentials, they were both fascinated by the power of non-verbal communication.

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Posted in biology

Taranturaptor, Pandaroo, and Other Animal Hybrids We Wish Existed | Wired Science | Wired.com

These are now going to haunt my nightmares, thanks Wired!

Spidershark
SpiderShark

 

Earth has no shortage of animals that amaze, frighten, and perplex us. But what if we could combine species and create even more terrifying hybrids?

This compilation of imaginary critter combos we’d love to see in the wild (from a safe distance) was inspired by our readers, who seem to be very interested in everything we write about spiders or sharks. Thus, the spidershark. With the help of friends, colleagues, readers and followers, the list grew to include a horde of monstrosities ranging from strangely adorable to intensely scary.

But why sit around and argue about whether the spider shark would have eight fins or eight additional leggy appendages or eight eyes or all of the above? We needed artists to bring these hybrids to life, and we knew just where to find them.

The Science Illustration Program at CSU Monterey Bay is a training ground for artists who love science and nature. We enticed 11 alums and current students to take on our fictional creatures and make them look real. Their awesome talent and creativity resulted in the beautiful, awe-inspiring, and sometimes terrifying visual creations in this collection.

Check out the pictures at Taranturaptor, Pandaroo, and Other Animal Hybrids We Wish Existed | Wired Science | Wired.com.