The experiment I want to highlight this week is related to salt concentration in plants and how it is related to electrical signals in the plant: Discovering a salt-induced systemic electrical signal in plants.
This project is relevant to improve plant tracking with several applications like study how a highway affects local plants, how a forest changes its soil over the years, or for instance, how different chemicals enhance the growth or maybe detecting a bug infestation.
This week the project I want to highlight is about biohacking. The idea is to create open source processes to fabricate insulin and hence reduce the cost of the drugs.
Once developed, the processes to fabricate insulin will be free available to everybody, so it will be very easy to anybody to produce insulin on demand.
Because this project aims to help improve life and will have a huge impact in millions of people, it deserves to be funded.
Feynman is one of the best known physicists, inside and outside the field. His lectures, which where compiled into 3 volume book, are still nowadays the fundamental reading among physics students. So, it is good to know that now, both book and lectures are available online. The book can be accesses here, and the videos are in youtube:
Today I bring you new plushies… biological ones resembling virus, microbes and cells.
Giant microbes is an online shop for those who love biology.
The Tangible media group at MIT has implemented a surface capable of doing some extraordinary tricks.
That design backs to 2014… so this is a preview of what this technology is able to do now.
Amazing… it reminds me of chambers in Portal.
What is geocaching?
Geocaching is a real-world game of hide and seek treasures with GPS. The treasures are usually just notes where you sign to indicate that you found them… or treasures where the rule is “take what you want, leave something of similar value”.
How to play it? Simply create an account in Geocaching webpage and install the app.
As the video shows, playing is really easy, just look for a geocache online or on the phone… and go for it. You will be surprise how many are there out there.
For doctor Who fans… the NPL is the time keeper agency in UK… and the geocache was left by an user called TimeLord.
Did you like it? Then go hunt for geocaches!
One extra update. Here at NPL people like these kinds of things, in fact, so much that we made a small robot to celebrate the SI units. He is called Louis the SI robot and it is a geocache.
In fact, this geocache has travelled from one continent to another and keeps going. Find out where it is now.