Data + Design Project

The Divided Brain: A Explanation of Left and Right

Wednesday 10.26.2011 , Posted by

In this entertaining, beautiful and profound animation, psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist expounds on the uniquely ‘divided’ human brain. He details how this split in our heads was differently understood in the past and how it has altered our behavior, culture and society over time. So much insight you’ll need to use the pause button… a lot!

The audio in the video is taken from a lecture given by Iain McGilchrist as part of the RSA free public events program. The full lecture can be found here [Read more...]

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Equation explains forces that repel water, oil

Friday 10.14.2011 , Posted by

A new equation is the first to predict the hydrophobic interactions of molecules. Such interactions explain why oil and water don’t mix, how proteins are structured, and what holds biological membranes together. The new formula is expected to affect applications in water filtration, membrane separations, biomedical research, gene therapy methods, biofuel production, and food chemistry. [Read more...]

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Gas ‘bullets’ shoot from giant black hole

Tuesday 10.04.2011 , Posted by

Astronomers have uncovered some striking features in the gases emitted from the regions close to one of the brightest supermassive black holes known to exist. The black hole has a mass 300 million times that of the sun. [Read more...]

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How to make cameras auto-focus like eyes

Tuesday 10.04.2011 , Posted by

A new algorithm suggests there is information lurking in images that cameras have yet to tap. Like a camera, the human eye has an auto-focusing system, but human auto-focusing rarely makes mistakes. And unlike a camera, humans do not require trial and error to focus an object. [Read more...]

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Birds May Identify Their Relatives By Smell

Friday 09.23.2011 , Posted by

Penguins appear to use smell to determine if they are related to a potential mate, which suggests birds may have a more highly developed sense of smell than researchers previously thought. [Read more...]

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Tiny devices in tumors generate oxygen to boost chemo

Thursday 09.01.2011 , Posted by

Micro devices implanted inside tumors to generate oxygen boost the cancer-killing power of radiation and chemotherapy. The technology is designed to treat solid tumors that are hypoxic at the center, meaning the core contains low oxygen levels. [Read more...]

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No veins needed: Chip analyzes blood from pinprick

Wednesday 08.31.2011 , Posted by

The days of the blood sample routine—arm out, make a fist, find a vein, and tap in—may soon be over, thanks to a new analysis method that requires only a pinprick of blood. A relatively new alternative to drawing blood from veins for analysis uses very small blood samples stored as dried blood spots (DBSs). [Read more...]

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More wildfires likely in Patagonia

Tuesday 08.23.2011 , Posted by

A major climate oscillation in the Southern Hemisphere is expected to intensify in the coming decades, likely increasing wildfire activity in the southern half of South America. This 2010 photo shows the aftermath of a wildfire outside the town of Futaleufu in southern Chile. [Read more...]

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Detect sunspots 2 days before flares strike

Monday 08.22.2011 , Posted by

A new way to detect sunspots as deep as 65,000 kilometers inside the sun can offer up to two days’ advance warning of a solar flare. Flares can cause billions of dollars in damage to satellites, communications networks and power grids—not to mention astronauts in space. If disruptions such as solar flares and mass eruptions could be predicted, protective measures could be taken to shield vulnerable electronics before solar storms strike. [Read more...]

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‘Boring’ fungus finally gets a name

Tuesday 08.16.2011 , Posted by

A fungus that’s been lurking underground for millions of years—known only through its DNA—has been cultured, photographed, named, and assigned a place on the tree of life. Researchers say it represents an entirely new class of fungi: the Archaeorhizomycetes. [Read more...]

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