This is a wonderfully diverse podcast from the BBC that features some very intriguing questions about the world. You can download them and listen to them in your commutes, and travel while you get inspired learning new interesting facts about our bodies and our minds. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/discovery/all
Here are a few that I recommend you listen to:
Build Me a Brain 01 Jul 13
Roland Pease meets scientists in the UK and the US who are hoping to connect cultures of living human neurons to robots to understand how the mind works.
Quorum Sensing 08 Jul 13
Bacteria need to talk to each other to cause disease. The bugs coordinate their assaults on use with a communication system known as quorum sensing. Geoff Watts explores whether we can stop their virulent chatter to prevent the looming antibiotic resistance crisis – the global phenomenon which threatens to leave us defenceless against bacteria infections.
Gut Microbiota 25 Nov 13
Adam Hart discovers the role gut microbes play in our health and development, and asks if we should consider ourselves an ecosystem rather than an individual?
Self-Healing Materials 09 Dec 13
Quentin Cooper takes a look at the new materials that can mend themselves, from bacteria in concrete which excrete lime to fill cracks, to car paint that heals its own scratches.
Hack My Hearing 10 Mar 14
Aged 32, science writer Frank Swain is losing his hearing. But could he hack his hearing aid to give him supersenses?
Fructose: the Bittersweet Sugar 17 Mar 14
Dr Mark Porter asks is fructose a “toxic additive” or a healthy fruit sugar?
This is a reminder that we will be having individual meetings next class, March 20th, to review your progress throughout the class thus far.
You should all have the following posts for our meeting:
- Introduction post
- Profile Image
Group posts: (all groups need to have the following posts)
- Initial Proposal
- Inspiration and Precedence
- Project Progress Update
I hope that you are all doing well, and remember that you can reach out to me if you have any questions or need help.
Yoshinori Kuwabara, a gynaecologist at Tokyo University’s medical department, removed the fetus from its mother by Caesarean section after 120 days’ gestation, about three-quarters of the way to its full term. He placed it in a rubber womb filled with artificial amniotic fluid, and the kid was delivered 17 days later.
Kevin Warwick is a pioneer of cybernetics, he spent his career working on ways to merge humans with machines, and he sees no reason why we should accept the limitations of our bodies as evolution has shaped them.
listen : http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/engineering-senses.html
This is a great article from 2007 in Wired that explores sensory substitution and brain plasticity full of amazing precedents. Quick Read
Cohen Van Balen and biochemist James Chappell created a biobrick that modifies the Ph level of Lactobacillus bacteria making it possible to convert pigeon poop into soap. Even though this has not been tested outside of the lab because of EU GMO restrictions, it’s an interesting project that provokes new ideas in the realm of genetic modification architectural interventions.
Auger and Loizeau are a duo of amazing designers that dare to take their concepts to the forefront of relational inquiries. I recommend that you browse all of their work. This particular piece is about finding a potential mate based on scent alone.
Lucy McRae designs a swallowable perfume, this is a concept piece that is very well done and provokes innovation in the perfume industry about new ways of deploying scent.
Swallowable Parfum® from Ine van den Elsen on Vimeo.
Lucy McRae: Swallowable Parfum on Nowness.com
I hope that you have been having a good week, and that your prototypes are coming along. Remember that you must have a breadboarded circuit for next class, as we will be having the circuitry design intro next class. Be prepared by downloading Fritzing or EagleCAD depending on your level of intricateness you might opt for the latter.
Start searching and please share other precedents, and interesting work, that you have come across that informs your personal or any other parallel project that is being developed in class. Add an image of the precedent, a short description, and a link to the original page. Also, for those of you that need a copy of The Body Electric : http://aisencc.com/bodyelectric.pdf