Studio 360 - Science and Creativity
Making Portraits Out of DNA10/05/15
Everywhere we go, we leave a trail of personal information — in the stray hairs that land on park benches, or saliva on the edges of coffee cups. And artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg may be collecting that information, whether you like it or not. Using...
The Art and Science of De-Extinction
Bringing extinct animals back has usually been left to the world of science fiction. But a group of biologists is attempting it in the real world. The organization Revive & Restore, a project of the Long Now Foundation, held a day-long TEDx conference...
Hollywood Know-How Makes Good Medicine
A Louisiana physician (and amateur filmmaker) teamed up with a cinematographer to invent a system that they say improves the quality and reliability of photos used in medical records — using some basic Hollywood technology.
If just reading the word “drone” makes you nervous, you’re not alone. Americans have been uneasy – fascinated but nervous–ever since unmanned aerial vehicles entered our consciousness about a decade ago. We talked to some artists who are exploring how...
A Neuroscientist Throws Science Overboard for Art
Neuroscience is a vast field. Here’s howGreg Dunndescribes it: “It’s as if in New York, there’s like a little neighborhood for electro-physiologists, there’s a little neighborhood for the behaviorists and for the cellular specialist. It’s quite a...
A Quantified Artist Turns Her Data Into Sculpture
Take a look atLaurie Frick’s artwork, made up of colorful wooden blocks mounted to the gallery wall, and the first thing you think of is a childhood playroom strewn with building blocks. But Frick’s artwork is actually a complex response to the...
Bringing Female Heroes to the LEGO Universe
The LEGO brick as we know it was released in 1958. But it wasn’t until 20 years later that the company made its first minifigure, or “minifig.” It was a little modular man with a yellow face: just two dots for eyes and a black curve for a smile. But...
Synthetic Biology In Pop Culture
Synthetic biology sounds like a field inaccessible to the layperson, but Kurt Andersen has been seeing these ideas play out in pop culture for decades. Screenwriters are fond of two basic archetypes. First, there's the lone scientist––Dr. Frankenstein...
Actor Steven Kearney reads excerpts fromGreg Bear's 1985 novelBlood Music. Bear was one of the first sci-fi authors to delve deep into the possibilities of synthetic biology. In this section, a biologist named Michael Bernard is infected with a killer...
The Ethics of Synthetic Biology
We usually praise art for sparking a conversation and even making us uncomfortable — but does that mean anything bio-artists do is totally cool?
Few artists have embracedbio-hacking as much asOron CattsandIonat Zurr. They’re a husband and wife team who runSymboticA, a lab for biological art at the University of Western Australia. Their first big buzzed-about project in 2004 was a"victimless"...
A Crash Course in Designing Life
The innovations that are happening in synthetic biology will change life on Earth. But most of the decision-makers in the field are at large research institutions and corporations. In the past few years, there’s been a growing movement around the...
Understanding Creative Savants
We all know the Thomas Edison line: genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration. But there are those who don't seem to perspire at all. Their extraordinary gifts seem to come from no where. We often call those people savants. And some neuroscientists...
Frances Arnoldis a biochemical engineer atCal Techworking on one part of the energy crisis. In a process called “directed evolution,” Arnold’s team is altering the genetic codes of bacteria to evolve a strain of organisms than can digest grass and...
The Day After
More than25 years ago, the largest audience ever for a TV movie tuned to ABC to watch a simulated nuclear holocaust. “The Day After” focused on a group of survivors in the heartland of Kansas. Studio 360's Derek John grew up nearby. He asks his 9th...
Mind Games: Designing With EEG
EEG — electroencephalography — is almost a century old, and it’s creeping out of the research lab and the neurologist’s office. Headsets embedded with electrodes to read electrical activity in the brain are commercially available, and designers are...
How Do You Draw Dark Matter?
"Dark matter" has been in the news again lately as scientists in Switzerland have begun mapping what they believe is its prevalence across the universe. But they're not the only ones focused on identifying and describing it. French artist Abdelkader...
Greg Stock: Redesigning Humans
Nearly a decade after the human genome was decoded, scientists are only now beginning to understand its implications. One of the leading thinkers in this field is the biotech entrepreneur Gregory Stock. A biophysicist by training, his 2002 book...
The Posthuman Future
To make art, a computer first needs to understand what art is. A group of computer scientists at Brigham Young University is attempting this by feeding their program images by the thousands and describing those images. Digital Artist Communicating...
Backup Singers Bring the Hits
What makes a hit? A catchy hook? A good beat? Even the experts can’t really explain what the recipe is. “You can check off all of those checkboxes,” says Keith Caulfield, an associate director at Billboard, “but it doesn’t necessarily mean that song...
- New York, NY
160 Varick St.
NY, NY 10013646-829-4000