“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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… 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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Artwork in silent auction

At tomorrow’s Genspace birthday bash, I’ll have a trio of art prints in their silent auction. This is a one-off edition for their size and format of our old friends “Mycelium in a petri dish”, “Syntrichia”, and “Dunaliella salina”. Other cool stuff will be on auction – so come by!

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Genspace’s 10th anniversary party

You’re invited to Genspace’s ten year birthday party. December 3rd at Caveat in New York’s Lower East Side. It’s free, so come find out about Genspace and get acquainted with Caveat – the only venue I know of focussing on “intelligent nightlife”. Don’t miss the DNA-infused cocktails, bioluminescent decorations, a community time capsule, a silent […]

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Science in Our Neighbourhood Oct 15

Genspace’s Science Communication Ambassador, David Chuchuca, shows his photography around the topic of the relationship between science and community. David is a microbiology graduate student turned photographer. After two years conducting laboratory research into biofilm dispersion, David left the lab bench to investigate spaces where our scientific institutions and local communities interact The exhibition is […]

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Build an internet-connected lab

A plug for my partner at thingconnect.cc who is running an Internet-of-Things workshop at Genspace in October/November: Tickets available here on Eventbrite. “The buzzwords ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Physical computing’ have attracted public attention. This class elucidates the topics using a practical example–an incubator monitor for the laboratory which can send an alert via email, […]

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NATURE/POSTNATURE, 2018 Biodesign Challenge

June 21st to 23rd student exhibition of this year’s Biodesign Challenge at Parsons School of Design. Under the title Nature/Postnature “the 26 chosen projects portray futures where the lines between the natural and designed worlds have blurred, and where products and provocations are made from organisms that have been engineered on the cellular level”. More […]

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Biohackers are about open-access to science, not DIY pandemics

STAT article by Daniel Grushkin on biohacking This is an article written by Daniel Grushkin, CEO of Genspace, in response to a recent NY Times piece that was scaremongering about “biohackers”. Daniel takes the time here to really explain what biohackers try to achieve and the purpose of “hacker spaces”, i.e. community labs. My mossy work […]

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