In 1980 they were discovered: square bacteria. The bacteria are the most numerous type of cell found in salt lakes and are believed to be responsible for their characteristic red colour. Unusually, they are perfectly square in shape, appearing like small tiles when viewed under the microscope.
Though the discovery was made decades ago, scientists found it extremely difficult to grow these bacteria in a lab to be able to study them. In 2004 they succeeded! Will we hear from them again in the next nature?
‘Release’ is a product that terminal patients can use to leave audio messages for their relatives, for after their death. People living with the notion that they will soon die anticipate what they will miss and what they expect their relatives to do in the future. They thus create life after death, and continue to be part of the lives of their relatives in a more extensive way than would normally be the case. The design consists of a transparent box with three cans on it that function as speakers. Once a message has arrived from the deceased relative the speakercan is pushed up by the device. The living relative can pick up the speaker and hold it against his ear to listen to the message in an intimate setting.
Release is developed by Bas Groenendaal, student at TU/e Industrial Design, who during the design of the product bumped into ethical questions like: When does someone want to speak to his relatives after death? What are the moments the deceased wants to speak? And, how long after death does one want to be heard?
GPS drawings over land, on water, and in the air were created to investigate principles and techniques of geodesic drawing.
The maps were made to measure travels and tracks and the experiments show results from unscrupulous tests.
More can be seen at http://www.gpsdrawing.com
Forget about fingerprints and DNA ‘ the way you smell has been added to the list of biometric data that can be used as personal identification. A laboratory official at the Nanjing Police Canine Research Center has created a “body odor databank” designed to assist in criminal investigations by matching crime scene odors with the smells of individual criminals. With the cooperation of police, the laboratory is now collecting the odors of people with criminal records. So far, 500 different samples have been collected and registered in the database.
According to the official, clues obtained from smells have played a key role in solving a number of cases. This is because even the craftiest criminals are unable to remove all traces of their odor from a crime scene.
Via Pink tentacle.
Carolina Sobecka released her tiger into the night, projected by a moving car. The animal’s movements are programmed to correspond to the speed of the car. As the car moves, the animal runs along it, speeding up and slowing down with the car. As the car stops, the animal stops also.
A version of the hit reality TV show Big Brother is to be staged in the online virtual world Second Life. Fifteen international Second Life residents will occupy a glass house on the site, with each one being voted off over a month until a winner remains.
Reality, reality, what is happening? As Friedrich Nietsche already said: “In the end every second nature becomes first nature”.
Amsterdam Weekly featured an article about the Natural Habitat exhibition (pdf), currently on display at Montevideo/Timebased Arts. In the exhibition artists play with the borders between nature, culture and technology.
Next Saturday, the institute organises a seminar about Art & Science in their Natural Habitat.