Don't miss The Odyssey. Among its other virtues, the characters fully inhabit a world ruled more by interpreted customs than laws, where (should you be the sort of person who catches their notice) you may meet Gods and Goddesses, who occasionally enforce those customs. As they interpret them. » 5/14/14 12:24pm 5/14/14 12:24pm

A Green Solution for Blue Denim

This is the ninth and final post in a series about UC Berkeley's 2013 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team. If you'd like to catch up: part 1,part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, and part 8. » 1/08/14 3:44pm 1/08/14 3:44pm

Given SHIELD's penchant for dismissing mental powers, I wonder if Charles Xavier rolls through their HQ every year or so implanting suggestions that they don't exist. » 11/27/13 12:49pm 11/27/13 12:49pm

Dyeing a Golden Bear blue with synthetic biology

This is the eighth and possibly penultimate post in a series of posts about UC Berkeley's 2013 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team. If you'd like to catch up: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, and part 7. » 9/27/13 11:44pm 9/27/13 11:44pm

No Sleep 'til Toronto: 3 weeks until the North American iGEM jamboree

This is seventh in a series of posts about UC Berkeley's 2013 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team. If you'd like to catch up: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, and part 6. » 9/17/13 4:18pm 9/17/13 4:18pm

Equipping microbes with protein chimera biosensors

In mythology, a chimera is a monster composed of distinct parts from several animals. The word "chimera" also has several meanings in biology, based on the mythical concept. » 8/21/13 3:17pm 8/21/13 3:17pm

More environmentally friendly blue jeans, better biosensors...or both?

Indigo dye is useful in part because it's water insoluble. (Otherwise, your blue jeans would be white jeans after a wash.) Now that we can make indigo in bacteria, we're looking into the rest of process of dyeing fabric with it - could there be advantages to a biological approach? » 8/11/13 4:14pm 8/11/13 4:14pm

Little known fact: the tornado that purportedly took the life of Pa Kent did contain a shark, and in their brief time together, Pa Kent and that shark loved a lifetime's worth. » 7/11/13 1:47pm 7/11/13 1:47pm

A sound sensor would be tricky... you'd probably need to have some sort of electrical/impedance change from the cells that read out to a electronic device, making a *ping*. Not quite sure how I'd do that reliably. » 7/09/13 5:23pm 7/09/13 5:23pm