links for 2008-01-27
US scientist had built the entire DNA code of a common bacterium in the laboratory using blocks of genetic material. The tailor-made synthetic (not artificial life) micro-organisms can become efficient producers of non-polluting fuels such as hydrogen.
A physicist with more than 40 patents to his credit would seem to have his career clearly mapped out. But Robert J. Lang’s first love is…folding paper. Origami is a very mathematical art. In many arts, there’s pure artistic skill. Origami is both.
“At the Enrichment Center, we believe that a highly motivated test subject can carry out rather complex tasks, while enduring the most intense pain, so in case you don’t make it through the testing, goodbye.” – GLaDOS