The world’s most viewed TED Talk. In GIFs!
Couldn’t agree more, which is why I will always reblog this
Alice Finch, best known as the woman who brought a more-or-less exact replica of Hogwarts to Emerald City Comicon in March, is back. This time, she teamed with fellow Lego architect David Frank and created an insane 10-foot-by-5-foot replica of Rivendell from J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings that uses approximately 200,000 bricks — including Gungan shields dressed up as elvish windows, pieces of Boba Fett’s Slave I ship turned into the green siding of Arwen’s tower, and multiple Darth Vader Lego men in the role of the Nazgûl (!!). It’s brilliant.
Speeding up gene discovery
New gene-editing system enables large-scale studies of gene function.
Since the completion of the Human Genome Project, which identified nearly 20,000 protein-coding genes, scientists have been trying to decipher the roles of those genes. A new approach developed at MIT, the Broad Institute, and the Whitehead Institute should speed up the process by allowing researchers to study the entire genome at once.
The new system, known as CRISPR, allows researchers to permanently and selectively delete genes from a cell’s DNA. In two new papers, the researchers showed that they could study all the genes in the genome by deleting a different gene in each of a huge population of cells, then observing which cells proliferated under different conditions.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII costumes and characters revealed in new screens, video
Square Enix has released a new video and screenshot gallery today for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
Frog-legged leaf beetle (Sagra buqueti)
Every Thursday on The Field Museum’s Facebook page, entomologist and insect collections manager James Boone (who can be seen in this episode of The Brain Scoop, and in this video from The Field Revealed series) features a mind-blowingly amazing invertebrate for your enjoyment. I’ve yet to capture the insects in photograph as well as Daniel Le, so I’m totally just reposting this from over there — but be sure to check it out, and stay tuned for more soon!
Named because the back legs resemble those of a frog, it’s a member of the order Coleoptera, family Chrysomelidae, Sagra buqueti. Sagras do not jump but their strong, oversized hind legs along with dense hairs are used to hold the stems of their food plant while they eat. This beetle is metallic green with a red and gold band running along the inside margins of the elytra (the hard, outer-wing shells that encase the fragile, functional wings underneath [EG]). Frog-legged leaf beetles can be found in Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Java, Sumatra, and Philippines.
© The Field Museum, Photographer Daniel Le, Zoology - Division of Insects 2011