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Monthly Archives: June 2010

Synthia in Context

James King, a designer/artist with a scientific bent, has a good article in Seed magazine on the various “flavors” of synthetic biology — a great, accessible introduction to what’s happening right now. Nice work! Below is video James made for his “Cellularity” project, exploring the scientific notion of “aliveness.” Cellularity from James King on Vimeo.

Deep Dive

I’ve decided that free diving is the extremest of extreme sports. This is world-record-holder Robert Trubridge from New Zealand, diving through the Arch in the Red Sea in 2007. Alec Wilkinson wrote a very good piece about the sport’s top women athletes in the New Yorker last summer — abstract here.

Flight Test

Origami hang gliders soar on “wind” from your hands. More details here. At a recent science fair at my kid’s preschool, 4- and 5-year-olds were just as pleased with these super-easy paper “helicopters.” So much cheap/free science that kids are naturally excited about!