Computing Cancer

August 26th, 2015 | Brain

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Scientists have recently created a comprehensive computer model of a cancerous tumor in three dimensions. The interdisciplinary research team was constructed of collaborating scientists from Johns Hopkins, Harvard University, and the University of Edinburgh. The new method will allow laboratories to gain a better understanding of cancer growth dynamics and the response to therapies.

Cancer is genetically heterogeneous and thus, the response to treatment is not always uniform. Some cells of the tumor may respond to one of the chemotherapy drugs, while other cells remain resistant. This new modeling tool (and its future iterations) can help us understand how genetic heterogeneity arises and potentially lead to improved treatment protocols.


Space Paintings by Michael Kagan

August 25th, 2015 | Space

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Michael Kagan is a Brookyln-based oil painter who made these abstract space scenes for the Smithsonian Institute. He has also collaborated on projects with big-time musical artists such as Pharell and White Lies. Inspired by NASA’s Mercury missions, Kagan captures scenes of astronauts and shuttle launches in thick swaths of blue and white paint.

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Kagan exhibited these works last year at Joshua Liner Gallery in an exhibition titled “Thunder in the Distance”. Find more of his work here.


Bi-Directional Model Train Spiral

August 13th, 2015 | Robot

Youtuber, James Risner, has built this mesmerizing spiral train setup that looks pretty amazing to view in endless GIF format. I’d like to see a similar video with different colored trains that could synch up in different ways through the train’s passage.



Robot Bricklayer Can Build a House in 2 Days

July 22nd, 2015 | Robot

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This impressive robot is named “Hadrian” after the ancient Roman emperor who built a wall in Northern Britain. Mark Pivac is the Australian aeronautical and mechanical engineer who has been designing the machine, which is expected to hit the market sometime around 2017. Reportedly, the robot can lay up to 1,000 bricks per hour and build the brick frame of a standard house in one to two days, 20 times faster than a human brick layer.

Well, enough with the build-up, here’s the machine in simulated action:

I guess if you are thinking about going into bricklaying for a career, you’re out of luck. Otherwise, it seems like great news all around.

You can find more info at Fast Brick Robotics company.


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