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James Lovelock interview

March 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Remember that Maxis classic simEarth? This year is its 25th anniversary. Lovelock, the scientist behind the Gaia hypothesis was an advisor to the developers of that game, and is been interviewed by Slate. You can read the interview and more about the game and Lovelock if you follow this link.

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Tags: Biology · Maxoids · Other games · Robots

Nikon Microscopy Contest 2012

October 29th, 2012 · No Comments

The yearly contest that Nikon holds for scientific microscopy photography has again produced some wonderful pictures. You can find all the prize winning photograph at their site.
My favourite this year is a picture taken by Mr. Walter Piorkowski of two live newborn spiders shown below. It got second prize in the contest. Which one do […]

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Tags: Art · Biology

Lotus plant inspires super glass

April 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Biomimicry is an exciting style of engineering where solutions from nature are used to solve specific technical problems. Recently research led to this article in which a special type of glass is presented that repels water and dirt in the same way a lotus leaf does.
The nano structure of the glass also does not reflect […]

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Tags: Biology · Science

Phobos-Grunt

December 12th, 2011 · No Comments

Sometimes we are reminded of just how risky and difficult space flight is, even if it is not manned. The Russian mission to Mars’ moon Phobos is not running as it should be. After being successfully launched from Earth, it failed to head off to Mars. Instead it will fall back, and still being loaded […]

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Tags: Biology · Robots · Science

On Foldit and Joynet Solutions

September 19th, 2011 · No Comments

Check out this story about one of the inspirations for the Joynet website that I am building on msnbc. It features Foldit, software that lets gamers try to solve chemistry problems using molecular folding techniques translated to a 3D puzzle. I am convinced this is a valuable way to use “crowd-sourcing” to do more than […]

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Tags: Biology · Me · Opinion · Other games · Science

More Greek wildlife

July 31st, 2011 · 3 Comments

We went back to Greece for summer holiday this year, so in line with tradition some pictures of the wildlife we saw there. This time the pictures are of the macro variety; these are made by Robin van Damme using the relatively simple Canon IXUS 970 IS.
Grasshopper
Moth
Spider

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Tags: Biology · Me

Living batteries?

May 9th, 2011 · No Comments

This inspiring TED talk combines the knowledge about evolution and practical ways to make use of it to help solve the clean energy puzzle. Much recommended if you can spare a few minutes.

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Tags: Biology · Science Fiction

Is it a bird? No it’s…

April 5th, 2011 · 3 Comments

… a robot!
Watch how this robot flies like a bird, amazing how natural its flight is. It is called SmartBird, and it is made by Festo’s Bionic Learning Network. You can read more about it on their website.

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Tags: Biology · Robots

NASA finds new life!

December 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

NASA has found new life… on Earth!
The life that is found lives in an Californian lake full of arsenic (you know, very poisonous stuff… to us). The life is alien to us because their chemical make-up differs fundamentally from all the other known life on Earth. This means life has many more environmental […]

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Tags: Biology

Maxis to reveal new Spore game soon

July 13th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Gamasutra reports that Spore’s development group Maxis will announce a new Spore game soon. It is to be a Sci-fi action RPG, “based on Spore’s DNA”. More details will be announced during Comic Con, on July 24th. I’ll try to keep you posted, but I am on holiday at the moment, so my internet access […]

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Tags: Astronomy · Biology · News · Spore