Jasper National Park – Canadá
Every time I am reminded of Christina Agapakis’ unique twist on synthetic biology research, I smile. It’s such a wonderful blend of design, art and pure cool. I had the pleasure of helping her with one of her “body bacteria” projects at this year’s SXSW conference.
To put it bluntly, the cheeses you are looking at were cultured using bacteria swabbed from the armpits (and elsewhere) of human bodies. The species of bacteria living on us, and the volatile (read: “smelly”) compounds that they produce aren’t that far off, chemically speaking, from what we normally find in cheese. I mean, some cheese smells like feet because feet smell like feet bacteria, know what I mean?
Want more cool/gross synthetic biology projects? Check out E. chromi, a project to use colored poo to diagnose medical conditions.
Some quotes about climate change from a growing collection I keep. Here’s the comic on my site.
when people ask me what jobs there are with my degree, after slapping them in the face I’ll show them this photo.
Happy Carl Sagan Day!
On what would have been his 78th birthday, here’s a selection of Sagan-inspired GIFs to honor the late sage of science and science popularization. The garden of our mind would not grow as rich if it weren’t for people like Carl, and without him, many people like me certainly wouldn’t be talking science at you all the time. He’s my greatest inspiration as a teacher, and I don’t think I’m the only one.