You might look at the above image and wonder just what it is you’re seeing—an alien landscape? The world of microorganisms? A CG-creation? All of the above? The patterns and forms are actually liquids shot in closeup swirling around in a glass container.
They’re the work of Isreali artist J.D. Doria who describes his work as “painting as multitude” and his recent series The Petri Dish Project is, you might be able to guess, inspired by the Petri dish.
“It comes to replace the canvas and the paper.” Doria says, speaking about the dish usually associated with science, but which is now increasingly becoming a tool used in art. “It is placed upon a light-table and above it, on a crane, a digital camera is positioned for high resolution close ups. Within the Petri dish I am “growing” images using different mélanges of liquid colors and materials.” These materials have different reactive properties and this, combined with the different colors, creates the interactions which Doria photographs the dynamics of to create his abstract images, which take inspiration from Jackson Pollock and his contemporaries.
3-D Printed Microbattery Opens New World of Miniaturization
by Michael Keller
In an engineering first, engineers at Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have 3-D printed a tiny working lithium-ion battery as small as a grain of sand.
They say their innovation is capable of powering miniature electronics, medical implants and robots. The battery is made using a 3-D printer nozzle as narrow as a human hair, which extrudes nanoparticles of lithium metal oxide compounds to create tightly interlaced electrodes. These are then sealed in a tiny compartment that is filled with liquid electrolyte to make the battery work.
Click through to see a video of the printing process and another view of the battery.
If you’re a gamer, you probably noticed all the new stuff being announces at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. I’m super excited, especially about all the announcements from Sony and Nintendo.
Lots of people are excited for different consoles and their respective games, LIKE THE 3DS. So here’s your chance to win one! The winner will receive a red 3DS XL system (like new, used only a few times) with its original box, charger, manuals, and AR cards. Plus, the two latest killer apps for the 3DS, Fire Emblem: Awakening and Animal Crossing: New Leaf!
Sadly, the 3DS is region-locked, so I am only shipping to the United States.
Reblogs count, Likes do not. Reblog as much as you like, but try not to spam 50 reblogs in a row.
If you make a fake, empty, giveaway blog or something like that to spam reblogs then all your entries will be invalid.
I will need the winner’s address for shipping purposes, so you have to be comfortable with sharing this information.
The giveaway will end on Friday, June 21st and the winner will be announced on that day! Good luck!
In order to fight what it described as an “obesity epidemic,” the American Medical Association voted on Tuesday to recognize obesity as a disease and recommended a number of measures to fight it. The AMA noted that obesity rates in the United States have “doubled among adults in the last twenty years and tripled among children in a single generation” and that the World Health Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Internal Revenue Service already recognize the condition as a disease.
According to “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2012,” a study released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in September last year, adult obesity rates in 2011 exceeded 30 percent in 12 U.S. states. The study projected that “if rates continue to increase at the current pace, adult obesity rates could exceed 60 percent in 13 states, and all states could have rates above 44 percent by 2030.”
Obesity is associated with a variety of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Rising obesity is expected to increase America’s already high health care costs.
The AMA’s recommendations accompanying the vote included urging physicians and insurance companies to “recognize obesity as a complex disorder,” encouraging national efforts to educate the public “about the health risks of being overweight and obese.” The AMA also recommended the creation “National Obesity Awareness Month” to highlight the benefits of exercise and to warn of the risks of obesity.
Fibromyalgia Is Not All In The Head, It’s In Skin, Paper Concludes
Fibromyalgia is a blanket term for a general painful condition that affects approximately 10 million people in the United States.
Because it lacks consistent symptoms and treatments, some doctors believe an unknown number of instances are psychosomatic but a new paper in PAIN MEDICINE concludes that fibromyalgia may have a rational biological basis, located in the skin.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread deep tissue pain, tenderness in the hands and feet, fatigue, sleep disorders, and cognitive decline. However, routine testing has been largely unable to detect a biological basis for fibromyalgia, so standard diagnosis is instead based upon subjective patient pain ratings, further raising questions about the true nature of the disease.
In many instances, the disorder is considered psychosomatic (“in the head”) and even sometimes attributed to patients’ imagination or faking illness. Currently approved therapeutics that provide at least partial relief to some fibromyalgia patients act solely within the brain, where imaging techniques have detected hyperactivity of unknown origin referred to as “central sensitization.” An underlying cause has not been determined, leaving many physicians still in doubt about the true origins or even the existence of the disorder.
Trapped in an Underwater Air Bubble for Three Days
Harrison Okene’s shipwreck survival wasn’t a miracle. It was fascinating physics.
Being buried alive is usually near the top of any worst-ways-to-die list. But how about being buried alive 100 feet below the ocean surface in a tiny pocket of air? For Harrison Okene, a 29-year-old Nigerian boat cook, this nightmare scenario became a reality for nearly three grueling days.
The story began on May 26 at about 4:30 a.m., when Okene got up to use the restroom. His vessel, a Chevron oil service tugboat called the AHT Jascon-4, swayed in the choppy Atlantic waters just off the coast of Nigeria. What caused the tugboat to capsize remains a mystery, though a Chevron official later blamed a “sudden ocean swell.”
Okene was thrown from the crew restroom as the ship turned over. Water streamed in and swept him through the vessel’s bowels until he found himself in the toilet of an officer’s cabin. As the ship settled on the ocean floor, the water stopped rising. For the next 60 hours, Okene—who was without food, water, or light—listened to the sounds of ocean creatures scavenging through the ship on his dead crewmates. Like a living Phlebas the Phoenician, he recounted his life’s events while growing more resigned to his fate.
Unbelievably, Okene survived his underwater ordeal long enough to be rescued. Basic physics, it turned out, was on Okene’s side the whole time—even if Poseidon wasn’t.
Injecting gold nanorods into a male’s testicles and heating them with a near-infrared laser could work as a reversible male contraceptive, new research suggests. The study in mice found that the method killed sperm cells when it heated testes to between 37 and 40 degrees Celsius, but after a few months sperm production began to return to normal. Other researchers are looking at using these gold nanoparticles to heat up and kill tumor cells.