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WHAK! WHAK! [KEVIN KELLY:] The main question that I'm asking myself is, what is the meaning of technology in our lives? What place does technology have in the universe? What place does it have in the human condition?
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Synthetic Biology is a new approach to engineering biology. By applying engineering principles to the complexity of living systems, scientists and engineers are making biology a new material for design. Synthetic Aesthetics, a project run by the University of Edinburgh and Stanford University, is bringing together synthetic biologists, designers, artists and social scientists to explore collaborations between synthetic biology, art and design. Synthetic Aesthetics Synthetic Aesthetics
Neither models nor miracles: a look at synthetic biology The 20th century broke open both the atom and the human genome. Physics deftly imposed mathematical order on the upwelling of particles. Now, in the 21st century, systems biology aims to fit equations to living matter, creating mathematical models that promise new insight into disease and cures. But, after a decade of effort and growth in computing power, models of cells and organs remain crude. Researchers are retreating from complexity towards simpler systems. Neither models nor miracles: a look at synthetic biology
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In our previous article, The 15 Coolest Cases of Biomimicry, we listed such great ideas as Velcro, Gecko Tape and Whalepower Wind Turbines to illustrate some of the most awe-inspiring applications of biomimicry: the developing engineering practice of designing sustainable human technologies inspired by nature. Here are 15 more examples coming out of the biomimetics workshops of academia and industry that illustrate the range of nature-inspired designs that may lead humanity into the future. 1. Harnessing the Sea On the energy front biomimicry is offering several intriguing designs for tapping the movement of waves and tides to produce electricity from mechanical energy. Current Interest - 15 Incredible Applications of Biomimicry Current Interest - 15 Incredible Applications of Biomimicry
Current Interest - The 15 Coolest Cases of Biomimicry Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain. - Leonardo Da Vinci Biomimicry - The practice of developing sustainable human technologies inspired by nature. Sometimes called Biomimetics or Bionics, it's basically biologically inspired engineering. 1. Current Interest - The 15 Coolest Cases of Biomimicry
Congress Considers Synthetic Biology Risks, Benefits - ScienceIn
18 April 2011 - Final evaluation report of the BBSRC/EPSRC Synthetic Biology Dialogue is published - News
Current Interest - How mirasol Displays Work: Micro-electro-mechanical Systems (MEMS) Drive IMOD Reflective Technology | mirasol® Displays
Systems & Synthetic Biology What physics was to the 20th century, biology will be to the 21st, and Quantitative Biology (Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology) will be a vital part of it. Systems Biology is a merger of Systems and Control Theory with Molecular and Cell Biology. Systems biology aims to explain how higher level properties of complex biological systems arise from the interactions among their parts. This new field requires a fusion of concepts from many disciplines, including biology, computer science, applied mathematics, physics and engineering. Systems Biology is about "quantitative, predictive and dynamical biology". The ultimate aim of "quantitative, predictive and dynamical biology" is a reliable computational model of the cell, and a "Integrative Systems Physiology" model of the organism. Systems & Synthetic Biology
“The history of any given technology is extraordinarily complex.” –Rob Carlson, Biology is Technology. Analyzing the history of a technology requires a complex look at the social, economic, and political context in which it emerged, and the reciprocal influences that the developing technology exerts on these factors. Predicting what the future of a technology will be like, how it will affect the economy and understanding the potential risks and payoffs is much much harder. Rob Carlson’s new book, Biology is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life takes on this challenge, looking at the recent history and potential future of synthetic biology and biological engineering from the perspective of a biotech entrepreneur, discussing the science, the economics, and the politics of this emerging technology. Biology is Technology : Oscillator Biology is Technology : Oscillator
synthesis Here are updated cost and productivity curves for DNA sequencing and synthesis. Reading and writing DNA is becoming ever cheaper and easier. The Economist and others call these "Carlson Curves", a name I am ambivalent about but have come to accept if only for the good advertising. I've been meaning to post updates for a few weeks; the appearance today of an opinion piece at Wired about Moore's Law serves as a catalyst to launch them into the world. synthesis
On Biotechnology Without Borders Can the reengineering of biology be coupled to the spread of tools and knowledge sufficient to improve the health of people and the environment worldwide? We believe the answer is yes, albeit with much work to be accomplished both technically and culturally. Practically, a comprehensive overhaul of the process by which living systems are engineered is needed. On Biotechnology Without Borders
Plant scientists at Cambridge and Norwich have been awarded £12 million funding for a new UK synthetic biology centre – OpenPlant. OpenPlant is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the John Innes Centre on Norwich Research Park. The funding... Nature photographer Kjell Bloch Sandved has amassed a massive collection of butterfly and moth wings, capturing a host of unusual patterns. Synthetic Biology index Synthetic Biology index
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Andrew Hessel - Introduction to Synthetic Biology
PDplus: Synthetic Biology - creating life in the lab
Craig Venter: On the verge of creating synthetic life
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Synthetic Biology: Drew Endy
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