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Biological Cinema

New York Times published an article about molecular animators, scientists who can visualize the microscopic segments of life in a professional way.

If there is a Steven Spielberg of molecular animation, it is probably Drew Berry, a cell biologist who works for the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Berry’s work is revered for artistry and accuracy within the small community of molecular animators, and has also been shown in museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 2008, his animations formed the backdrop for a night of music and science at the Guggenheim Museum called “Genes and Jazz.”

“Scientists have always done pictures to explain their ideas, but now we’re discovering the molecular world and able to express and show what it’s like down there,” Mr. Berry said. “Our understanding is just exploding.”

Museum in the Human Body

The Dutch Corpus Museum takes you into the human body and shows how our organs work. A fascinating idea and a great visualization. An excerpt from Amusing Planet:

The Corpus Museum takes you on a fantastic journey through a giant model of the human body during which you can see, feel and hear how the human body works and what roles healthy food, healthy life and plenty of exercise plays. The tour through the museum starts with an escalator ride into an open sore on your giant victim’s leg and ends among the pulsing neurons in his brain. Between those two points, you will watch cheese being digested in the intestines and explore the ventricles of the heart. Kids can bounce up and down on the rubber tongue (with burping noises in the background) while you take in various scents wafting through the giant nose. Perhaps the most unusual display is the hologram of sperm fertilizing an egg, viewed via 3D glasses.

Click here for more pictures.

How Much are My Organs Worth?

I mean I don’t plan to sell my organs on E-Bay, but as organ transplantation (lack of donors) and illegal organ trafficking are getting more and more serious, this infographics just came in time. It will give you some interesting answers like how much does a liver cost in South Korea or how many patients are waiting for transplants. Click on the image for the original version:

X-ray pin-up calendar

I guess Vanessa would love what the Eizo medical supply company came up with. Click here to see the 2010 calendar of X-ray pin-ups. I’m wondering how much radiation did the poor lady received.

Brain Research Center in Vegas: Design Win

Frank Gehry, a Canadian-American prize-winning architect just finished a project, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas and wanted to create something unique. Well, he succeded. That is how design should be implemented into healthcare. The different forms have meaning regarding memory and other brain functions. It must be a pleasure working there.

While Gehry’s design incites varied reactions from observers, the one consistent response is a desire to come inside its walls and learn more. In this respect, the building is an unwavering marketing tool, driving awareness to the work conducted by those inside.”

For more photos and descriptions, click here.

DNA Art and Video Genome

Think organisms are the only ones with genomes? Researchers at the Israel Institute of Technology are sequencing the “video genome” to put an end to video piracy on the internet.

The technique works by detecting features that remain basically unchanged by typical color and resolution manipulations. Current methods rely on action recognition algorithms, which match video sequences by the movement they contain.

Abandoned Soviet Clinic

I’ve recently come across the photos of Andreas Swane. These photos were taken in a clinic (secret location) in Germany, taken over by the Soviets after World War II, and now it’s abandoned and decayed.

Source: Andreas Swane gave me permission to use this image.

(Hat tip: The Sterile Eye)

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