ENERGY BENDING LAB
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Non-Human Rhythms 3 @ Rio de Janeiro

Non-Human Rhythms 3 @ Rio de Janeiro

During the fifth edition of the festival Novas frequencies in Rio de Janeiro, we were invited to perform a laboratory focus on the sonification of the bacteria present on the beaches of Rio. In the laboratory 10 local artists were selected through an open call. For a week we work together enabling a compact version...
Oscillations in cell biology

Oscillations in cell biology

Karsten Kruse and Frank Jülicher // Max Planck Institut fur Physik komplexer Systeme Oscillations play an important role in many dynamic cellular processes. They can emerge as the collective dynamic behavior of an ensemble of interacting components in the cell. Examples include oscillations in cytoskeletal structures such as the axonemes of cilia. Spontaneous oscillations of...

Shewanella Oneidensis in action

Live wires: The electric superorganism under your feet

Live wires: The electric superorganism under your feet

When this bacteria are deprived of oxygen and iron they start growing hairs as the ‘electronic equivalent of a snorkel’ to connect each other as a communal lung network. ‘Shewanella turned out to be a particularly intriguing case. Reducing oxygen is its true métier, but deprive it of oxygen and it will reduce iron instead. In...
Residency @ TodaysArt _ The energy bending system

Residency @ TodaysArt _ The energy bending system

After two weeks of intensive work between The Hague and Amsterdam, we ran a series of experiments in the wetlab at Waag Society. This helped us to make the first development notes about this system we are currently prototyping - which we called The energy bending system.
Cultivation of an Obligate Fe(II)-Oxidizing Lithoautotrophic Bacterium Using Electrodes

Cultivation of an Obligate Fe(II)-Oxidizing Lithoautotrophic Bacterium Using Electrodes

Neutrophilic obligate Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria (FeOB) are prevalent throughout the world in both marine and fresh- water environments, and these microbes play a direct role in the global iron cycle (1).
Patch-clamp amplifiers on a chip

Patch-clamp amplifiers on a chip

The patch-clamp amplifier is a ubiquitous tool for characterizing ion-channel activity. For the screening of pharmaceutical compounds or the characterization of expressed channels, high-throughput patch-clamp systems are being developed, where recordings are made from cells in each well of a 96 or 384-well plate. In these systems the recording is made not with a glass...
Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy

Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy

Unlike any other life on Earth, these extraordinary bacteria use energy in its purest form – they eat and breathe electrons – and they are everywhere. Via New Scientist
Residency @ Cimatics _  Circadian biology to Analog sound synthesis

Residency @ Cimatics _ Circadian biology to Analog sound synthesis

Since an oscillator is the simplest clock generation source creating a single output frequency from a single component (1) at the core of all circadian clocks is at least one internal autonomous circadian oscillator .
Synthetic biology:  applications come of age

Synthetic biology: applications come of age

Synthetic biology is bringing together engineers and biologists to design and build novel biomolecular components, networks and pathways, and to use these constructs to rewire and reprogram organisms. These re-engineered organisms will change our lives over the coming years, leading to cheaper drugs, ‘green’ means to fuel our cars and targeted therapies for attacking ‘superbugs’...
European do-it-yourself (DIY) biology: Beyond the hope, hype and horror

European do-it-yourself (DIY) biology: Beyond the hope, hype and horror

The encounter of amateur science with synthetic biology has led to the formation of several amateur/do-it-yourself biology (DIYBio) groups worldwide. Although media outlets covered DIYBio events, most seemed only to highlight the hope, hype, and horror of what DIYBio would do in the future. Here, we analyze the European amateur biology movement to find out who...

Sonification of the natural world