Ymke de Jong

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Fractal Biology

A fractal can be described as a pattern that contains itself on smaller and larger scales. One simple example of a fractal is a tree; it contains the same pattern in the trunk, branches, and leaves. Each time the tree branches it forms a new iteration of its fractal shape.<p>Systems form patterns which act as a components on a higher scale. When the type of interaction between components is the same on multiple scales, a fractal emerges.<p>Biological systems appear to have a fractal property, …

Blush, A Radiator That Simulates Capillaries & Blushes Red When Warm

Blush is a radiator by Icelandic designer Thorunn Arnadottir that is covered in thermochromatic paint and both looks like and simulates capillaries. …

Vaccine deniers: inside the dumb, dangerous new fad

In San Francisco’s upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood, some 200 students from kindergarten to the eighth grade attend classes at the private San Francisco Waldorf School. On any given afternoon outside of the cheerful, modern white building, parents congregate to wait for their kids. Chit-chat …

Why Leaves Change Color

Charles Rennie Mackintosh observed that, “Art is the flower, Life is the Green Leaf,” but I would very humbly add that after the green leaf dies, all those red, orange, and yellow leaves become nature’s most magnificent work of art.<p>For the past two weeks I’ve enjoyed autumn’s splendor, from the …

Minecraft mod incorporates quantum physics into gameplay

A new <i>Minecraft</i> modpack called <i>qCraft</i> allows users to dabble in quantum physics using the game's world, according to a post from Google Quantum AI Lab Team.<p>The pack, which you can see in action in the video above, adds new blocks with quantum entanglement, superposition and observer dependency …

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

For $10, Convert Your Smartphone into a Microscope with Photo and Video Capabilities

[Update – 10:43AM 10/29/13] We actually built one of these $10 microscope stands. Take a look at the photos we took using it to see how well it works.<p>…

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The science and magic of wine-making

… a new friend is as a new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. <i>Ecclesiasticus 9:10</i><p>I grew up on tales of my Dad's 1970s homemade hedgerow wines. Their fruity aroma and potency were legendary. All that remains of this heady era are five very dusty bottles of "vintage" wine sitting …

The Flu Shot May Cut Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Getting the flu vaccine may protect not only against the flu, but in some people, it may also reduce your risk of experiencing heart attack and stroke. According to a new study out in the <i>Journal of the American Medical Association,</i> though the flu vaccine had previously been linked to reduced …

The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math'

Basic ability in the subject isn't the product of good genes, but hard work.<p>“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, …

Morphing Table inFORM

<b>Morphing Table inFORM</b><p>Well, what can I say… The Future is here. This is one of the most amazing artifacts from the future I’ve seen in a long time.<p>Think about the potential and what you can do with it when they increase the resolution and the strength of the blocks (carbon composites, graphene… whatever). I definitely share the astonishment of Kevin Kelly:<p>Wow, it’s the beginning of….. something in our future. There must be a science fiction name for a full body controlled virtually. It’s a demo …

Mysterious moons and alien life: the 42 best space movies ever made

RNA's Secret Life Outside the Cell

For decades, researchers have been finding DNA and its sister, RNA, circulating in the body, outside the safe interior of cells where these molecules …

6 Chemical Reaction GIFs That Will Make You a Smarter Person

Remember how much fun your high school chemistry class was? Neither do we. But that may be because there weren't enough explosions. Well, nowadays, …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

21 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2013

If only Isaac Asimov could see us now. There's an old saying that science fiction is really just predicting — or helping prevent — the future.

Students describe their theses in a single self-mocking sentence

"Summing up years of work in one sentence." That's the tagline for Lol My Thesis, where PhD candidates (Edit: and undergrads) make fun of their own …

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Gorgeous glass sculptures let you see into the world's most deadly viruses

Viruses are usually depicted as ugly, scary, almost weapon-like blobs just waiting to meddle inside of your body, but Luke Jerram sees them as something different. There isn't really a color to viruses after all — they're smaller than the wavelength of visible light — and as mere smears when viewed …

fMRI scan indicating increased brain activity associated with happiness after a 20-minute walk vs. 20 minutes sitting. Go outside! 

fMRI scan indicating increased brain activity associated with happiness after a 20-minute walk vs. 20 minutes sitting. Go outside!

People Are Still Doing That?: Student Rickrolls Teacher With Physics Essay

This is the essay on Niels Bohr that 3rd period physics student Sairam Gudiseva turned into his teacher. As you can see highlighted in yellow unless …

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Coffee vs. Beer: Which Drink Makes You More Creative?

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.<p>When this happens, …

The changing face of psychology

In 1959, an American researcher named Ted Sterling reported something disturbing. Of 294 articles published across four major psychology journals, 286 had reported positive results – that is, a staggering 97% of published papers were underpinned by statistically significant effects. Where, he …

Nurit Bar-Shai's "Chemical Tweets" Are Gorgeous, Microorganismal Art

The biochemist's latest exhibition, "Sound To Shape," is a visual investigation of microscopic life<p>Nurit Bar-Shai’s <i>Objectivity [tentative]</i> is a movement inspired by the biochemical work of Professor Eshel Ben-Jacob of Tel Aviv University in the artist’s native Israel. The project celebrates the …

Dopamine and Teenage Logic

Young minds are often portrayed as stews of hormones and impulse; but the decisions they make are often deeply rational and deserving of greater consideration.<p>I once counseled a 17-year-old, I’ll call her Katey, who admitted that she had planned to get “completely smashed” at a school-related …

Is your morning coffee too bitter? This might help

A series of simple tricks that exploit the power of chemistry including how to make your morning coffee taste better<p>Many of us have at some point been given a cup of coffee that is so bitter, it is almost undrinkable. Most reach for the sugar in an attempt to make the beverage a little more …

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7 Totally Awesome (and Terrifying) Objects Under a Microscope

Source: The Atlantic<p>Whether in black and white or saturated with color and light, even the most commonplace of objects assume new, ornate features …

23andMe and Me: Why Policymakers Should Set the Genetic Testing Company Free

The FDA has banned 23andMe from selling its personal genetic testing kits. But consumers should know the truth about themselves—and so policymakers …

How a human lung is kept alive and breathing for a transplant

Lung in a box. Very cool.<p>To extend the time an organ can last before it’s transplanted into a recipient, engineers have developed the Organ Care System — which is essentially a box pumping blood and oxygen to the lung.<p>What’s especially neat about the OCS is that they can actually be used to improve imperfect donor lungs by flushing it with antibiotics and nutrients. Like refurbishing a lung, sort of. Putting donor lungs through the OCS helps increase and improve the number of potential donor …

Human brain reacts to emoticons as real faces

Just a few decades after they were invented, emoticons have become an indispensable part of online communication - so much so that the human brain now reacts to them in the same way as a real face<p>Emoticons such as :-) have become so important to how we communicate online that they are changing the …