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The idea of using invisible information to generate visible forms has flourished in recent years, thanks to new sophisticated technologies as well as our increasing desire for things with meaning.

One of the latest examples reflecting the trend is Daniel Libeskind's Freedom Tower in New York City. The spire of the building is planned to be 1,776 feet high - 1776 was the year when the United States Declaration of Independence was drafted.
Another more dynamic example is the Allianz Arena in Munich, which has a surface that can change color depending on the action inside of the stadium.

At the other end of the scale is the mural at the Agnes Scott College in the US. When the college opened a Science Center back in 2003, one of the students came up with the idea of decorating a wall with a DNA motif. The three-story high motif represents the exact DNA of Agnes Scott whom the college was named after in 1906.

Related: A portrait by British artist Mark Quinn.

Agnes Scott College

DNA Poster


Advertising agency TBWA in New Zealand recently made a poster for the national rugby team, which was printed using blood from the players.

8000 limited edition prints contains DNA from the player's sterilized blood samples. Each poster comes with a numbered certificate of authentication.

A video documenting the process can been viewed online.

Bonded by Blood

Interview with Theo Jansen


Here's a link to my interview with Theo Jansen, published at artificial.dk.

Theo Jansen is a Dutch artists who is occupied with the making of 'new nature'. For the last 15 years, he has been evolving a series of wind-powered animals that look like skeletons. When these creations are fed by wind, they set into motion and transmute into organic-looking creatures; or 'beach animals' as Jansen calls them.

www.artificial.dk Theo Jansen

How to Grow an Orangina Bottle


Debbie Mollenhagen is the winner of the 'NanoWorld2020 Imagination Contest' that encouraged students to picture the social impact of nanotechnology in the not-so-distant future of 2020.

In her pilot project 'How to Grow an Orangina Bottle' Mollenhagen suggests that plants should be genetically modified to grow its own packaging. Traditionally, packaging is related to branding but by developing plants that grow their own packaging, Mollenhagen believes that brands can be deleted from the consumption loop, thus freeing capital for more constructive purposes.

Packaging that imitates the form of its content (the Orangina bottle) could be a thing of the past and Mollenhagen also suggests that a similar concept could be used to grow houses.

nanoworld2020 Orangina concept + Orangina video

Smart wearables and health


An article on Businessweek.com tells about the latest generation of smart wearable garments, specifically in relation to health-related applications.

The article begins by highlighting the research of Gauri Nanda at MIT who has worked on a bag that keep track of your belongings and remind you of practical things, such as to bring your wallet or keys before leaving your house.

Fabric-embedded electronics are no longer science fiction and the health industry in particular seem keen to develop its potential, perhaps because 'gear' is already an integral part of it.

A product that now is taking off is a "stress band", which is worn on the arm and collects data on the wearer's physical state. Until recently, the band was a research tool used to measure the stress in drivers but now, the Fitness Group Apex are promoting the band for consumers as a weight-loss monitoring tool.

Similarly, a shirt developed some years ago by VivoMetrics - which collects and analyzes its wearer's respiration flow, heart rate, and other key metrics - is already used in top medical schools and drug companies.


Nano Concerto


The Dark Side of The Cell is an audio-visual event staged by media artist Anne Niemetz and nano-scientist Andrew Pelling that utilizes a recent discovery within nano-biotechnology: cellular sounds.

A special instrument called Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) is being used to extract sounds from yeast cells thousands of times thinner than a hair. Comparable to a record needle “feeling” the bumps in a groove on a record, the AFM 'feels' oscillations taking place at the membrane of a cell and the electrical signals can then be amplified and distributed by speakers.

Manipulating the cell with chemicals will result in a change of oscillation. Isopropanol will change a 'singing cell' into a 'screaming cell' and a chemical such as sodium azide will kill the cell, causing the emitted frequency to die away, leaving only noise.

www.darksideofcell.info www.npr.org

Bio Jewellery


BioJewellery is a collaborate design and bioengineering research project with the aim to create a ring of biologically engineered human bone tissue.

The project is currently seeking couples who would like to donate bone cells, ideally by removing a wisdom tooth. Subsequently, the cells will be prepared and seeded onto a bioactive scaffold. This pioneering material encourages the cells to divide and grow rapidly in a laboratory environment, so that the scaffold disappears and is replaced by living bone tissue.

After the cells have grown it will be designed as of a pair of rings, so that each has a ring made with the tissue of their partner.

So far, a prototype has been made using a combination of cow marrow-bone and etched silver. Interested in the real thing? Sign up at BioJewellery's website.




Nanoscape by artists and researchers Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau is an invisible sculpture that can be sensed via touch.

Users wear magnetic ring-interfaces and when moving the hand over the table of the installation, strong magnetic forces, repulsion, attraction and even slight shock can be felt.

Wireless magnetic force-feedback interface allows users to touch invisible nano particles, thus creating an changing invisible sculpture which modifies its shape and properties as users interact with it and with each other.

Sommerer & Mignonneau

Sustainable mobile phone

Researchers at the University of Warwick have created a mobile telephone case or cover that when discarded can simply be placed in compost in such a way that just weeks later the case will begin to disintegrate and turn into a flower.

The research is carried out in collaboration with PVAXX Research and Motorola.

Warwick University

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