SYMPHONY OF MATTER

submitted by: Jaime Aguirre
According to the Big Bang theory, after inflation stopped, the universe consisted of a quark–gluon plasma, as well as all other elementary particles. A few seconds later, quarks and gluons combined to form baryons such as protons and neutrons. The first nuclei were formed about three minutes after the Big Bang; neutrons combined with protons to form the hydrogen and helium content of the first stars. This process is called Big Bang nucleosynthesis. In the Big Bang nucleosynthesis...

PERIODIC CHARTS AT AN EXHIBITION

submitted by: Jaime Aguirre
When Newlands made an analogy between his Law of Octaves and the musical scale he was ridiculed by the members of the English Chemical Society, and his paper describing this law was rejected. But Newlands was not so incongruent. Seeking musical patterns in natural phenomena has been a frequent endeavor throughout history. The Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras of Samos argued that celestial bodies in rotation gave off pitched sounds that blended into a cosmic harmony, which he...

ELECTRONIC CRESCENDO

submitted by: Jaime Aguirre
In a flight of imagination to the beginning of the universe submerge your mind in the vastness of the newly formed space. Imagine you can see the constituents of the first atoms: electrons, protons, and neutrons. Now imagine the first atom as an electron surrounding a proton: hydrogen has been created…Add a second proton and two neutrons to the hydrogen nucleus, then add another electron around it, and helium is formed…And as the daydream continues the next element can be created by the...

SYMPHONY OF ATOMS

submitted by: Jaime Aguirre
When Newlands made an analogy between his Law of Octaves and the musical scale he was ridiculed by the members of the English Chemical Society, and his paper describing this law was rejected. But Newlands was not so incongruent. Seeking musical patterns in natural phenomena has been a frequent endeavor throughout history. The Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras of Samos argued that celestial bodies in rotation gave off pitched sounds that blended into a cosmic harmony, which he...

Systems as the Driver for Synthetic Biology

submitted by: RASEIBoulder
We now possess the ability to read and write DNA. These tools are not only revolutionizing biotechnology but also the basic life sciences as well. The challenge is that we are still learning the grammar. In other words, we often do not know which genetic perturbations to make in order to alter the behavior of an organism. As a result, synthetic biology still involves much trial and error. Moreover, we are still far from the point where we can engineer new organisms from scratch – rather,...

Aptamer Data from Base Pair Biotechnologies

submitted by: BasePairBio

Aptamers have until recently been tightly held by IP restrictions, Base Pair Biotechnologies Founder Bill Jackson presents information and data they have generated on aptmers in diverse assays such as biosensor and lateral flow. Presentation is from the American Society for Cell Biology meeting Dec 16, 2012