Genetic-surprises

Typosperma

Another project by Oded Ezer, Typosperma is the second experimental typo project in his ‘Biotypography’ series.
As a paraphrase on the biotechnology definition, ‘Biotypography’ is a term that refers to any typographical application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to create or modify typographical phenomena. The main idea of the ‘Typosperma’ project was to create some sort of new transgenic creatures, half (human) sperm, half letter. These imaginary creatures are cloned sperms, that typographic information has been implanted into their DNA.

More images at: http://odedezer.com/typosperma.html

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Genetic-surprises

Biotypography

Israelian typographer Oded Ezer looks at the world from his point of view, through letters and numbers. So why not turn the world into typography. A short interview taken from interactiondesign-lab.com about ants that you can read.

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Digital-Presence

DNA as Information Storage

Scientists have written a message into the DNA of a living organism, a breakthrough they believe could lead to a new era of organic computers capable of healing themselves if damaged.

Yoshiaki Ohashi, who led the study at Keio University in Tokyo, said that bacteria have the potential to store vast quantities of data and are more resistant to the kinds of damage that could wipe modern hard drives. “Information storage using DNA is robust for more than one hundred million years,” he said.

Professor Ohashi said the process would work equally well in plants, fruit and insects. “Cockroaches are very interesting, because they have an ability to tolerate [extreme] environments.”

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Fake-nature

Moon Tanning?

Feel unhappy? Little depressed? Headaches? Why not try a little trip to de Arizona desert? Richard Chaplin built the Interstellar Light Collector. As is often the case, tragedy was the precipitating event leading to the ILC. Saving the life of a friend with terminal cancer became Richard Joseph Chapin’s personal mission, drawing him into an intense exploration of full-spectrum light therapy.

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Design-for-debate

French Aids Campaign

This French Aids campaign is a wonderful example of biomimicmarketing (using images of old nature for propaganda or marketing purposes). They may be disturbing but the message comes across loud and clear. I will never ever have sex with a scorpion again!

Via: Posthumanblues, Newscientist.

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Hyperreality

Smiley Cushion

I don’t know how it is with you, but to me sending smileys in emails or text messages always feels a bit primitive. It’s not that I don’t like the icons, I really do. I just don’t have anything with them and they don’t have anything with me. They don’t play a significant role in my life other than some kind of prothesis for online communication. But here’sanother nice gadget that makes sense from the russian firm Artlebedev.com. It’s called Ridibundus (?) and it’s— well— it’s a smiley to sleep with! Goodnight and don’t let the bedbugs bite!

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Boomeranged Metaphors

Delete-Key-Eraser

Remember no-tech? Back in the days, we would ocassionally write down things with a pencil on paper. If we made a mistake, we would rub something that looks like an delete button over the paper surface, to erase what whe’d written. We would call these things erasers. Today, you can buy them at companies like www.artlebedev.com.

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