Replication crisis and artwork

The last few months have been tough with very slow progress on bio-cementation front. I am starting to wonder, if the replication crisis is real. In the case of the protocols we’re trying to replicate, I don’t know if the scientists fudged the data, the write-up, or have simply left out vital information (maybe in […]

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Microscopic success

I guess even small victories have to be celebrated. My bio-concrete experiment is moving extremely slowly, but it is moving. On a microscopic scale, to be precise. Sometimes I have a hard time understanding things that are so small I cannot see or touch them, but luckily we have instruments that go a long way […]

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“A kick ass woman in tech”

One of the great aspects of being involved with a space like Genspace is that it attracts a really interesting array of people. The latest addition to Genspace’s team is Ashley Jane Lewis, who’s a Maker and Youth Educator. One of her foci is the empowerment of girls and other marginalised groups in tech, which […]

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Science by smell

One of the unexpected paths I went down over the course of the last two weeks was to judge the success of a current experiment by smell. A bit over a week ago, I started my bio-cementation experiment using a bacterium that can synthesise urea and calcium ions into calcites – a natural cementation material. […]

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Resortecs

First off, “Disruptive Materials” at Interzum 2019 was fantastic. My thanks again to everybody who was part of the organisational team and those who supported my project. I will upload some images soon. At the congress I met a super smart young man called Cedric Vanhoeck, founder of Resortecs. He and his team developed a thread […]

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Algal thermometer for Interzum 2019

The new, more portable and packable design for the algae-powered thermometer is ready. It’ll premiere at Interzum 2019 from May 21st to 23rd in Cologne. I will also be giving a presentation on plant power as part of the congress “Disruptive Materials” curated by Haute Innovation Berlin. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who was able to make […]

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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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