Videos of the month
3D Printer Builds Structures From Microscopic Water Droplets
Following up on the April video of the month, we remain with the topic of 3D printing. This video explores how Oxford University researchers use 3D printing to deposit thousands of connected water droplets inside lipid films. This new material can perform some of the functions of the cells within our bodies, and may one day be used to either deliver medicine to targeted areas, or repair damaged tissue. From C&EN.
Source: Oxford University
3D printing is an amazing technology that is available, at a modest price, for home use. The attached video explains a little about 3D printing with some simple examples of making toys. It makes a person wonder what something like this can do in more interesting applications for laboratory support and prototype manufacturing. What are your ideas on how 3D printing might be used in your lab?
The Chemistry of Snow Flakes
The north east of the was hit by a record setting blizzard in February. While the 3 feet (1 meter) of snow caused significant hardships, it's hard to believe all this was caused by small individual snow flakes. This months video explains how individual flakes are formed. A few flakes are beautiful, billions of them are another story!
SLAS2013 Sights and Sounds
This video recaps some sights and sounds from the recent SLAS2013 conference in sunny Orlando, FL. Get ready for San Diego next year!
G-protein coupled receptors are a common target for drug discovery. Except for those who specialize in this receptor, the way they work can be difficult to understand. This video makes the function of these receptors a little easier to visualize. They are amazingly complex and it makes me wonder how they can ever work, but they do.
Robots away from the lab bench: Honda's ASIMO project
We most often associate robots with the type we use in laboratories. This video shows what is being done with human-like robots. It is surprising how well they mimic human movement. When will they mimic human behavior?
Read more about Honda's ASIMO project here:
Science in the news: The discovery of the Higgs Boson
It is seldom that science becomes a major news story or catches the attention of the public, but that happened recently with the discovery of the Higgs Boson.
Definition of Epigenetics
Many conferences covering biology, genetics and drug discovery have sessions on epigenetics. This is a field that gives a biochemical basis to the influence of environmental on gene expression. This video explains epigenetics with an example of the impact it can have on genetically identical mice. It opens a new vista on how we might intervene in gene expression to modify disease progression.
7 Minutes of Terror - Congratulations to the Curiosity Rover!
Did you know Curiosity tweets?