Tag Archives: Biology
May 23, 2012
… eye is you might think it would let us down more often.
You may remember from your high school biology classes that basically (very basically) light enters the eye through the pupil and falls on photo receptive cells called rods and cones. These send an electrical impulse that travels through the optic nerve and into the brain, creating the sensation we experience as sight. All of this happens in a fraction of a second.
Inside the retina are 5 different types of neuron (although some …
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October 11, 2010
… thought to be the largest private user of it in the world – he has demonstrated a way to harness biology for industrial purposes.
Much like the splitting of the atom, the advance seems to have as much potential for harm as it has for good. While the possible benefits, such as manufacturing bacteria that consume carbon dioxide and excrete fuel (Venter has a deal with ExxonMobil to create just such bacteria), are enormous, so too are the dangers.
Just as hackers today churn out malicious …
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March 31, 2011
… than for any specific application. Riedel-Kruse hopes that:
“By playing games involving biology on a scale too small to see with the naked eye, people will realize how amazing these processes are… We are talking about microbiology with these games, very primitive life forms.”
At this point, the actual game-play of Biotic Games is still very basic (plus players need an inconveniently expensive biotechnology lab to run the system). However, with a bit of development (and maybe …