Cool Nature Video explains the Epigenome with music!! #science

Epigenome: The symphony in your cells

Almost every cell in your body has the same DNA sequence. So how come a heart cell is different from a brain cell? Cells use their DNA code in different ways, depending on their jobs. Just like orchestras can perform one piece of music in many different ways. A cell’s combined set of changes in gene expression is called its epigenome. This week Nature publishes a slew of new data on the epigenomic landscape in lots of different cells. Learn how epigenomics works in this video.

Crossroads Project communicates climate science with art and music!!! #scicomm

NPR did a great piece on the Crossroads Project, which mixes music and art with the science of climate change. Check out the inspiring video about the project below!

He assumed it was simply a problem of science communication. So, to help remedy the situation, he began giving public lectures on the looming dangers of climate change, and what it could mean for the sustainability of life on this planet. The results weren’t what he expected.

“The audiences would understand it on an intellectual level,” says Davies. “The science is pretty self-explanatory and very compelling.” But they didn’t seem to personally connect with the information. They understood it, but they weren’t feeling it, he says — and weren’t taking any action.

The Crossroads Project Featurette

Video: Disney Beachbot – robot that creates beach art #science #WeWantOlaf!

The real question is… can it draw Olaf from Frozen?? After all he loves summer!

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Conceived by Disney Research and working in partnership with a student team at ETH Zürich, the Beachbot is a mobile robot that can turn an ordinary beach into an artist’s canvas. Thanks to innovative balloon wheels, the robot is able to traverse sandy beaches without leaving any noticeable tracks. Drawing is achieved using a controllable rake at the rear of the robot, with individually controllable pins that can be raised and lowered to create thick or thin lines in the sand. The drawing area on the beach is defined simply using four vertical poles that define the corners of the desired sand canvas. The Beachbot can then determine its position on the canvas to a high degree of accuracy using depth sensing and IMU (inertial measurement unit) technology. Artwork can be pre-programmed as the robot can draw lines or create block-filled areas. Alternately manual remote can be used to turn a beach into a live sketchpad. Beachbot is just one of Disney Research’s projects in the area of mobile robotics, including work on path-planning, robot choreography, localization, and human-robot interaction.

THEY EVOLVE – Check out this awesome GIF from ‘Do you have an appointment?’ #science

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“They Evolve” – from Do you have an appointment tumblr! Check them out for a bunch of awesome GIFs!!

Video: Smithsonian Institution makes a 3D-printed bust of President Obama!

The President, in 3D

Recently, the Smithsonian stopped by the White House to take a 3D portrait of President Obama, in what will be be the highest resolution digital model of a head of state. Take a look at the process, and the 3D rendering created from this technology.

Check out images of the bust here. More info on the process here.

Are you a fan of science and art? ‘Dance Your PhD’ finalists announced! Watch the videos!

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The annual ‘Dance Your PhD‘ contest has announced the 12 finalist videos. Definitely check them out. The winners and audience favorite will be announced on November 3rd! From John Bohannon (the founder of the contest!) in Science.

It was a tight race among this year’s 21 Ph.D. dance submissions. The previous winners of the contest scored each of them on their scientific and artistic merits, and these 12 finalists made the cut. Now it’s a dance-off between the sciences, including a tango based on robot collision avoidance, an acrobatic spectacle based on soil ecology, and, in one of the most meta Ph.D. dances ever, a hip-hop dance about the anthropology of hip-hop.

Who doesn’t love Art with a side of Science and Politics??? AutoBiology exhibit at Imperial College

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A researcher at Imperial College London, Dr. Neil Dufton, is showcasing his science inspired art Auto-Biology at a new exhibition at Imperial College. I always love seeing science in art… especially when it has such a relevant commentary! Follow the artist on twitter @neildufton or at his website here.

Featuring a collection of 10 unique prints, the exhibition is an illustrative autobiography of Dr Dufton’s research over the last five years.

Inspired by the works of Salvador Dali and psychedelic music posters from the 1960s, Dr Dufton’s work blends lively, surreal images with concepts from his scientific research. The artwork draws on various controversial topics, such as animal research and stem cell therapy, as well as portraying scientific techniques, equipment and processes. Through his art, Dr Dufton hopes to open up the scientific debate to the wider public.

Auto-Biology is free to attend and open to all. It will run from October 2014 to March 2015 in the Centre for Co-Curricular Studies, 3rd floor of the Sherfield Building in Imperial College London. The opening night, on Thursday 16 October, will take place from 19.30 to 22.00 and is open to members of the public. The artwork is for sale.

Seen via Sean Ekins twitter feed (@collabchem).

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