“Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) worms are stored on agar plates covered with a lawn of E. coli bacteria as their food source. Sometimes when the C. elegans have consumed all of the bacteria, they begin to clump together as seen in this image. I found the pattern on this plate particularly lovely, and was able to capture it with my cell phone by holding the lens of my phone’s camera up to the microscope eyepiece. I’ve since shared the photo on social networking sites and have had friends who’ve never been interested in biology ask me more about my work because of this photo. To me, this image represents the simple pleasure of finding something beautiful when you don’t expect to, and it shows how easy it is to connect science with new audiences by simply clicking ‘share.’” Meredith Wright, Princeton University.
More cell phone microscopy please!
Thought I should finally post this - Powers of Minus Ten featured on Apple’s new iPad commercial - “Alive”!
An “inside the cell” 3D environment inside a portable planetarium dome, controlled by the Kinect!
From our future game, Cosm. Dynamoid Apps is Laura Lynn Gonzalez and Blair Lyons.
Screenshots from a cool 3D bio-world demo by Laura Lynn Gonzalez and Blair Lyons! We just put together a grant to continue work on this project, which originated as a failed kickstarter project ;)
Check out the video which shows Blair navigating the environment using the KINECT!
The eventual game will be called Cosm.
Remember in Super Mario Brothers, how the music and time would speed up when you started running low on the clock? Well, here’s a new level of video game time-freakiness, all about relativity.
Strange things happen to our perception of the universe when we travel close to the speed of light (you know, if we could travel close to the speed of light). Special relativity, as worked out by Einstein and others, gives us plenty of weirdness when it comes to our perception of time and distance at those extreme speeds. MIT’s Game Lab has developed a game that simulates that experience. It’s called A Slower Speed of Light.
The closer we get to the speed of light, time slows down for us relative to someone watching us (“time dilation”), light shifts to red and blue, and the lengths of things contract in the direction we are moving. Weirded out yet? Ethan Siegel has a pretty good explanation of all those strange effects.
In the game, the object is to collect these orbs. As you grab each one, the speed of light slows down a bit. That means that you get closer and closer to traveling at the speed of light, and the game shifts the visuals and your movement to give you an idea of what that might feel like. It is not unlike a relativistic drug trip.
The game is available for Mac and PC. Pause the Halo and give relativity a whirl. It’s a video game that Einstein would have approved of!
(via Discovery News)