The First World [Electric Sheep Comix is back!]

27 01 2012

After a ten year hiatus, Electric Sheep Comix returns with a stunning new addition to the psychedelic web-strip Delta from artist Patrick Farley, this one portraying McKenna’s ‘stoned ape theory’.   [NSFW]
Get’s really exquisite about 2/3 into it:

http://www.electricsheepcomix.com/delta/firstword/





Synthetic Biology Explained

12 01 2012

Wonderfully made video explaining synthetic bio in an accessible and easy to understand way.





Joe Rogan and Duncan Trussell on the Importance of Psychedelics in 2012

30 12 2011

Wow. What superb clip.  Perfect for sharing!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!





DNA Code Gets First Grammatical Update In 60 Years

22 12 2011

Scientist crunch numbers from 32 different species and reveal fractal grammar behind ratios of codons and oligonucleotides.

For 60 years, biologists have known of only two grammar-like rules that govern the language of DNA. Now they’ve found four more

The Austrian biochemist, Erwin Chargaff, is famous for the two rules he discovered that now bear his name. At the time of this discovery, in 1950, the biggest problem in biology was understanding the structure of DNA. Chargaff’s rules turned out to be an important clue in this puzzle.
[…]
Chargaff’s rules are important because they point to a kind of “grammar of biology”, a set of hidden rules that govern the structure of DNA. This grammar ought to reveal itself as patterns in DNA that are invariant across all species.

But in the 60 years since Chargaff discovered his invariant patterns, no others have emerged. Until now.

technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv





The Seven Billionth Story

29 11 2011

Beautiful 1-minute animation from Australia:





Open Science Summit Videos

17 11 2011

Videos of presentations from the 2011 Open Science Summit can be viewed at Fora TV.
Wonderfully juicy topics include open source drug discovery, big data bioinformatics, ‘clinical trials 2.0’, open science education, open access science journalism, personal genomics, radical longevity, transparency in science, incentive and intellectual property: FORA.TV





Terence McKenna – Time Acceleration

14 11 2011