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OpenPCR - the $599 Personal PCR Machine / Thermal Cycler

OpenPCR - the $599 Personal PCR Machine / Thermal Cycler
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A Documentary Film about Synthetic Biology by Field Test Film Corps THE PROJECT Synthetic Biology is a new approach to genetic engineering. It can make E. Coli bacteria smell like fresh rain, turn sunlight into gasoline, make concrete buildings heal themselves, or goats produce spider silk in their milk. The goal of this project is to provide an even-handed and engaging survey of current genetic engineering, and in particular, this emerging field of synthetic biology. The film will follow the ten year history of this new idea and will explore the basic science of molecular biology, which allows for an understanding of how the technology works. Learn more at: www.fieldtest.us ON KICKSTARTER We need your help so that we can work full time editing, animating, and finishing the film in order to have it ready to submit to the Sundance Film Festival by the end of August. We are grateful for any support you can provide and will make sure to keep everyone who supports the project up to date and in the loop as it comes together over the summer.

Bioweathermap OpenTrons Biopunk : Comment construire un labo avec zéro euros ? Est-il possible de monter un laboratoire sans débourser un centime ? On est vite tenté de répondre par la négative. Après tout, l’équipement scientifique, les salaires des chercheurs, l’entretien d’un laboratoire… tout cela coûte relativement cher. Pourtant, à travers le monde, les exemples se multiplient et il faut se rendre à l’évidence : oui, on peut créer un labo (presque) sans argent ! Thomas Landrain fait partie de ces gens qui ont relevé le défi. « Un groupe de mordues de biologie, tous spécialisé ou particulièrement intéressé par un domaine. Au début de son histoire, La Paillasse ne disposait que d’une toute petite surface : quelques mètres carrés à peine d’une paillasse (rappelons qu’on appelle paillasse le plan de travail dans un laboratoire) dans le hackerspace Electrolab, situé dans la zone industrielle de Nanterre, au Nord-ouest de Paris. La Paillasse se veut être un laboratoire « ouvert et transparent » Réponse : grâce à des donations. Tags: feature, featured

Blue Robotics - Marine Components, Parts, & Supplies Why Your Next Phone Will Include Fingerprint, Facial, And Voice Recognition In some ways, it’s a marvel that even half of consumers bother to lock their phones. You would think the benefits would be obvious enough: by entering a few numbers, you can achieve a basic level of protection from prying eyes. But according to a recent study, 44% of users said that even this was too much of a hassle – worse, 30% weren’t even worried about mobile security at all. For years now, consumers have been demanding a better way, something more convenient and less time-consuming. In fact, it is an almost certainty that within the next few years, three biometric options will become standard features in every new phone: a fingerprint scanner built into the screen, facial recognition powered by high-definition cameras, and voice recognition based off a large collection of your vocal samples. To many in the industry, this is not a surprise but an inevitability. What makes this so feasible is that the technologies needed to make these changes are already in place.

La nouvelle science des amateurs La science est-elle le dernier bastion de la recherche individuelle ou devient-elle aussi l’enjeu des nouvelles technologies de la communication ? Doit-elle s’ouvrir aux perspectives de l’intelligence collective et adopter à son tour le « web 2.0 » ? C’était un peu l’enjeu des questions posées mercredi 23 novembre à la faculté d’Orsay lors d’un séminaire du centre d’Alembert où sont intervenus François Taddei (@FrancoisTaddei) chercheur à l’Inserm, directeur du Centre pour la recherche et l’interdisciplinarité et responsable de l’initiative Universités X.0, et Thomas Landrain (@t_landrain), doctorant à l’Institut en biologie synthétique et cofondateur du biohackerspace de la Paillasse. Les nouveaux défis de l’éducation à l’heure des nouveaux défis de la science Comment passer du questionnement individuel à l’exploration collective ? Tout n’est pas uniquement question d’ordinateurs. Aujourd’hui nul ne peut connaître « toute » la physique. Du jeu d’échecs à la recherche scientifique

FABER FUTURES: The Rhizosphere Pigment Lab - Natsai Audrey / Design Research FABER FUTURES: The Rhizosphere Pigment Lab We’ve entered the age of scientific mastery: Homo faber (“Man the Creator”) has begun to craft with ‘the living’. ‘Faber Futures’ is an ongoing project aiming to find design strategies that appropriate bacteria in our material world. The Rhizosphere Pigment Lab explores the botanic provenance of pigment-producing bacteria in a unique microbiology textile design studio. Hosting millions of plant-specific microorganisms (often through symbiosis), the soil surrounding a plant’s root system provides a rare opportunity to ‘colour hunt’ by botanical species. Now a living factory, this micro-ecology transforms pure silk with its programmable colour palettes and distinctive metabolic patterning. This project is a collaboration with Professor John Ward, The Ward Lab, University College London. Professor of Synthetic Biology for Bioprocessing, The Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering, Department of Biochemical Engineering www.ucl.ac.uk/ward

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