The biotecnology becomes art

So they made it: Scientists J. Craig Venter Institute have produced an exquisitely artificial life form. Now you squeeze your brains to find some valuable practical application: to produce biofuels and vaccines, perhaps even extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or (even!) Eat oil lost at sea (application, see a bit ‘, would return its useful now). But the history of human culture offers a lesson: technology, any technology, sooner or later becomes a dominion of artistic production. And biotechnology is no exception.
Brazilian Eduardo Kac describes itself as “transgenic artist. He messed with the genes of the species and its works are living creatures. E ‘became famous for creating the glowing bunny. To stay under the micro-organisms, among his works include “Genesis”, which he “explores the intricate relationship between biology, belief systems, information technology, dialogical interaction, ethics and the Internet” .
In essence, Kac has chosen a phrase from the Old Testament: “(… fill the earth) and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth “(Genesis 1, 28). Then he took it in word. First I translated the English version of Morse code and Morse code has rewritten the four bases of DNA. So he broke it produced a gene artificially stuck with a species of bacteria, previously modified to become fluorescent blue or yellow under ultraviolet light if and only if you have the new gene “biblical”. Then began an exchange of genetic material in the colony of bacteria, with the new gene transfer between one organism to another. Not only bacteria were changing and the gene with them. The public could do with ultraviolet lighting the colony, but also to observe the situation to influence random mutations. Eventually it was taken and DNA was found in the phrase synthetic gene was changed a few letters were changed, others had disappeared, and others had appeared. The old and new words were engraved on two plates and displayed next to the colony of bacteria.
Spiegone artist: “It ‘a symbolic gesture: it means that we accept the meaning in the form in which it inherit, and that new meanings emerge when we try to change the shape.” It is no use, but it sounds damn good. Moreover, culture is also this: a continuous contamination between science and art. We’ll see what pops out of the artificial cell by Craig Venter.

Lamborghini, guest of honor of the “JEC Composites Show”

The search for new technologies in the field of composite materials is an activity where Automobili Lamborghini has always been dedicated with great commitment. Already in the 80s in fact, the house gave the example of the carbon fiber supercar .nell’indimenticabile Lamborghini Countach. The high level of specialization is reached by the House of Sant’Agata Bolognese is recognized worldwide and for this reason, the bull logo was the guest of honor at the “JEC Composites Show in Paris, the most important events in the world of materials composites. The task of opening the event is so touched with Maurizio Reggiani, director of research and development of Lamborghini, who gave the inaugural presentation of the studies undertaken by the development and deployment of carbon fibers.
With more than 1,000 participating companies from all sectors of the industry, the event represents an important opportunity to Paris to present the news worldwide and technologies developed in the field of composite materials.
In the field of super cars and composite materials reinforced with carbon fibers are a key technology for developing new solutions that combine great strength and minimal weight allow improved power to weight ratio to the advantage of a greater pleasure driving, and reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. And as if these were not enough advantage joins the pleasure for the eye because when the carbon components, as in many cases are exposed, the look of the car becomes even more fascinating.
The result in Paris was under everybody’s eyes with the exclusive Lamborghini Reventon, one of the most extreme super sports cars in circulation, displayed on display to the admiring glances of visitors.
Lamborghini at home using these materials is very broad as in the case of the flagship Murciélago where various parts of the body are made of carbon so much so that the body of the car does stop the scales at just 303 pounds. Same thing happens with the new Superleggera Gallardo LP 570-4 thanks to “cure” based on the weight of carbon fibers was reduced by about 70 pounds compared to the base model.
As evidence of the value assigned by the house in this area is the creation of Lamborghini Advanced Structures Laboratory, University of Washington in Seattle, USA, which operates in the long-term research in the fields of aeronautics and ‘astronautics with its transfer to the production of materials for the automotive world.

Formula 1 – The technology as a pretext

Money and technology can they guarantee victory on the track? In any case, many thought that Formula 1 teams with their weather stations. However, the technology is more sophisticated, it is less efficient against instinct. It can however be an argument for the error …

Ross Brawn, the director of the stable Mercedes GP, admitted after the Malaysian Grand Prix. Large teams are using too much technology weather and not enough common sense and intuition. The case arose when the previous race in Australia. On the radio, the Red Bull Racing announced its pilots with heavy rain, when Jenson Button rushes stands with dry tire. He also won the race. The structure was then Austrian misled and the Grand Prize at this time

Microsoft: good results with Windows Live

Sales of Windows 7 are instrumental in this result. Microsoft continues to suffer a net loss on the division line services, and other segments are relatively stagnant. For example, Server and Tools division knows a small increase of 2% compared to 2009. This division continues still to encrypt up to 50% in the corporate segment.
This leaves the side of the Windows division and Windows Live. Microsoft reported a turnover of 4.4 billion dollars for this division alone, an increase of 28%, with net income up 34% to $ 3 billion. “The strong demand for Windows 7 is the largest contributor to our performance,” said Peter Klein, the CFO of Microsoft. “Internal and external studies show that over 10% of the world’s PCs are already running Windows 7” after six months of launch.
According to Bill Koefoed, in charge of business relations in Redmond, the demand of small and medium enterprises has not wavered either, increasing 15% over the year. “For this segment of business, we saw the beginning of a return of IT hardware spend, but we continue to see sales cycles lengthened. The sale of Windows licenses grew 35% in the general public, and 15% for businesses. Koefoed sees this second figure indicates a resumption of updates to Computer network, which should continue during fiscal 2011, according to Peter Klein.
Side-line services, which include search engine Bing and MSN portal, revenues have been generated, but they were offset by a loss of $ 713 million in operating profits. Koefoed yet announced that Bing had 10 consecutive months of growth in the market for search engines since its launch. Microsoft hopes to see the first revenues from the partnership with Yahoo to get from the second half of fiscal 2012.
These good results have nevertheless been tempered by those of IBM, Apple and Intel, which could suggest that Redmond would experience as an outstanding quarter in the enterprise market. Despite posting a larger than expected by analysts, Microsoft has experienced the same disappointment that Yahoo’s market, with a 4% drop in its share after the publication of results

ATI FirePro V8800 with Eyefinity technology

“ATI FirePro V8800 multi-display technology with ATI Eyefinity, reduces the limitations encountered by users of professional display,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of AMD Products Group. “We believe that the latest family of ATI FirePro professional graphics cards will bring added value to the graphics workstation.

With ATI Eyefinity, professionals have up to twice the working space through a single card. ATI FirePro V8800 desktop configurations three and four displays are easy to activate, simply connect additional displays to the graphics card.

Main features:

* Users can view up to four independent displays from 30 “with a resolution of 16.4 megapixels;
* Increase the space on your desktop to handle multitasking more efficiently and see more projects, applications and images simultaneously;
* Workflows faster, eliminating losses due to the passage of time between applications, windows, mouse-clicking and scrolling;
* Intuitive user interface that allows configuration of a single desktop across multiple displays;
* The ATI Eyefinity works seamlessly with ATI FirePro S400 Synchronization Module enabling the synchronization of four simultaneous displays.