A/D/O Water Futures

You can still see the A/D/O Water Futures closing exhibition in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, until April 25th. Very happy for my friends Shneel Malik, Brenda Parker, and Laura Stoffels who won first prize in the category “Future Systems and Infrastructure”. Vote on your personal favourite from all category winners here.

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The many-headed larva

A random discovery for this week, the larva of the moth Uraba lugens, also known as the Mad Hatterpillar. Fantastically creepy, the larva keeps the shell of its head, every time it sheds its exoskeleton; resulting in what can only be described as an extravagant hat. Picture by Sunayana Rammohan, Twitter @savebutterflies.

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Another treasure

“Photographs of British Algae” by Anna Atkins is another treasure from the past. Atkins is possibly the first woman photographer and thought to be the first person to publish a book with photographic illustrations. As a Victorian, she obviously was into her algae – aren’t we all?! The book is accessible in the New York […]

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New donation page

Dear readers of this blog, I am scrambling for funding for my projects and have therefore created a donations page. Anyone who thinks my work is worthwhile can make a donation, no matter how small – everything is appreciated. The “donate” button, will open a Paypal interface; you do not need Paypal, a debit or […]

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On Growth and Form

While reading up on biomineralisation, the book “On Growth and From” from 1917 came up as a reference. It features some “out-there”, but skillful, illustrations, topped up with a bunch of formulae and graphs. I am most curious to read this at some point to see which hypotheses from back then still hold and what […]

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Article in Haute Innovation Magazine

In anticipation of two upcoming exhibitions in Germany, both curated by Dr. Sascha Peters, Haute Innovation in Berlin have published an article on the algae-powered thermometer. The thermometer will be shown in the “Materials Labyrinth” at BUGA and “Disruptive Materials” at Interzum – at the latter I will also be giving a presentation on my […]

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… and all that sand!

Our experimentation with bio-cementation has yielded mixed results so far. We’re definitely on the right way and at this point manage to bind sand together using our special urease mix. But the resulting composite is fairly brittle. Over the next weeks, we’ll address the physical properties of our bio-bricks and hope to come up with […]

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Experimentations with bio-cement

I am excited about having started a long awaited endeavour: to try and create biological cement. The cement and concrete industries contribute a whopping 7% to all carbon dioxide emissions and are therefore serious polluters. Cement and concrete are incredibly prolific and undeniably useful materials, luckily new methods exist to produce them – for example […]

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Guy XY – Turing Cabaret

Earlier this year my friend and talented musician Guy Harries released “Turing Cabaret” under his dark wave band name “Guy XY”. Guy has always been fascinated by the relationship between music and science, particularly mathematics. The album weaves these themes into each other together with Turing’s difficult life story. It’s hard to explain with words, […]

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