UGG Australia Fall ‘13 Launch | The Terrace at the Bowery Hotel, NYC.
ed note: The band was so rad.
Honeycomb Sculptures by Tomáš Libertíny
The Unbearable Lightness (2010)
Beeswax, Stainless steel, Glass, Steel, Plastic, Resin
122 x 250 x 45 cm
Tomáš Libertíny from Slovakia lets bees make honeycomb sculptures. He makes a shape and coats it with wax. The whole structure is covered by a transparent case and thousands of bees are pumped in, who over time make a honeycomb structures out of it.
Arts not dead, people who claim to have lost faith in humanity just stopped fighting
“This chick, Marla Singer, did not have testicular cancer. She was a liar. She had no diseases at all. Marla… the big tourist. Her lie reflected my lie.”
Life as we grow it
When the news was reported in May 2010, some of the first headlines were not surprisingly sensational: “Scientist accused of playing God after creating artificial life by making designer microbe from scratch - but could it wipe out humanity?” screamed The Mail in the UK.
Obviously a bit breathless and over-the-top, but J. Craig Venter’s announcement that he and colleagues had created a “synthetic cell” by inserting a chemically constructed genome into a Mycoplasma bacterium, and then inducing it to successfully propagate, was – and is – a notable achievement. “This is a philosophical advance as much as a technical advance,” Venter told The New York Times, suggesting that the work (published in Science) raised new questions about the nature of life.
Just how notable or paradigm-shifting Venter’s creation proves to be remains to be seen. The synthetic organism, seen above in this scanning electron micrograph produced by Tom Deerinck and Mark Ellisman at NCMIR, is inarguably a technical feat. Venter and colleagues synthesized a million units of bacterial DNA and got them to functionally replace the bacterium’s natural counterparts. “This is the first synthetic cell that’s been made, and we call it synthetic because the cell is totally derived from a synthetic chromosome, made with four bottles of chemicals on a chemical synthesizer, starting with information in a computer,” said Venter.
Ultimately, the goal is to achieve complete control over a bacterium’s genome so that researchers can routinely remove, replace and rearrange genes to create new microorganisms capable of unprecedented functions, such as gobbling oil spills or secreting drugs.
That day hasn’t arrived. The editors at The Mail can relax. Humanity remains safe.