Agronomists, biologists, engineers and technologists make and accomplish many useful and interesting things with living stuff. These can be broken down into broad two categories:
What’s sort of amazing isn’t that we have taken biological systems and made them do all this–it’s that for much of human history up until the mid-twentieth century we have made them do it without always understanding how plants and microbial communities really work! Read the rest of this entry »
Check out Rob Carlson’s post titled “High yield biofuels production using engineered non-fermentative pathways in microbes“. Also, see Juan Enriquez’s TED presentation.
“What distinguishes fractal geometry within mathematics is an exceptional and uncanny characteristic. Its first steps are not tedious, hard, and unrewarding, but playful and extraordinarily easy, and provide rich reward in terms of stunning graphics. To the mathematician, they bring a bounty of very difficult conjectures that no one can solve. To the artist, they provide backbones around which imagination can play at will. To everyone, a few steps in about any direction bring extraordinary pleasure. Nothing is more serious than play. Let’s all play.”