This sculpture, by artist Andrew Kharkevich, sits near Russia's Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Novosibirsk, Russia's third most populous city and the most populous city in Siberia. The sculpture is meant to commemorate lab animals who have been killed as part of our ongoing attempts to understand the nature and workings of DNA. It reminds me a bit of Mrs. Frisby. Which might be intentional, who knows.
The Institute, however, is popularly associated with a very different animal — the silver fox. This is the place where Russian researchers instituted a breeding program, now more than 50 years old, aimed at creating a domesticated animal, similar to a dog, from the previously wild fox. The animals have been sold as pets in a scheme to help fund the Institute, but the main purpose was to investigate the physiology of domestication — what made some wild animals more tame than others and how their offspring changed in comparison to wild cousins.
That point of light between Saturn’s rings is Earth, captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on April 12. More about the image here at NASA JPL. It reminds me of the last photo taken by the Voyager I spacecraft before engineers shut off its imaging systems. Carl Sagan had persuaded NASA to turn Voyager I’s cameras […]
As AI improves, the mystery of consciousness interests more programmers and physicists.
Most of us need a computer interface implanted in our brains like we need a hole in our head. That said, there are benefits to bridging the gap between mind and machine. Joel Murphy is the founder of OpenBCI, an inexpensive, and non-invasive, brain-computer interface (BCI) platform. People have used OpenBCI to control robots, compose […]
Even the most expensive pair of hi-fi headphones can’t match the feeling of bass rumbling through your body at a live show. That’s why music aficionados designed The Basslet, an accessory that reproduces that sensation from your wrist. Does it make your whole body shake with deep subs? Not really, because that would be terrifying, but […]
They probably just sleep a lot. But still, you can remotely keep an eye on them when you’re at work and missing them deeply with this HD monitor from Kodak.If you have a new puppy that destroys everything in sight, or you just want to be a little more security-conscious, this WiFi camera is a […]
Thinking of a business idea is the easy part. Doesn’t even have to be a “good” idea, you can still get people to throw money at a non-existent venture, but to do that you need to at least have something even resembling a viable business plan. Why doesn’t anyone do it then? Because building that semi-viable […]