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This Too Shall Pass (2012) by Tomorrow Machine

Independent packaging project for perishable goods:

Is it reasonable that it takes several years for a milk carton to decompose naturally, when the milk goes sour after a week? This Too Shall Pass is a series of food packaging were the packaging has the same short life-span as the foods they contain. The package and its content is working in symbiosis.

Smoothie package
Gel of the agar agar seaweed and water are the only components used to make this package. To open it you pick the top. The package will wither at the same speed as its content. It is made for drinks that have a short life span and needs to be refrigerated, fresh juice, smoothies and cream for example.

Rice Package
Package made of biodegradable beeswax. To open it you peel it like a fruit. The package is designed to contain dry goods, for example grains and rice.

Oil package
A package made of caramelized sugar, coated with wax. To open it you crack it like an egg. When the material is cracked the wax do no longer protect the sugar and the package melts when it comes in contact with water. This package is made for oil-based food.

Design and Science proving they can be best buddies once again

I applied to two PhD programs: the neurobiology department and the biological-chemistry department. What I really wanted to do was understand how synapses work; I wanted to be a neuroscientist. But I was not accepted by the neurobiology department. I was absolutely, flatly rejected. As a result, I could not work on synapses. Instead I worked in the biochemistry department and became a probably pretty decent biochemist, working on membranes.

Now the reason I mention all this is that it illustrates something, which is, I wanted to understand how a synapse worked. Had I been accepted as a neuroscientist, I would have probably worked on it. But I wouldn’t have solved it. The tools weren’t there. The time wasn’t right. Instead, I became a biochemist. I took on a much broader view of the same subject. And I ended up, somewhat by accident, solving the fundamental problem of how synapses work. Had I set out to solve that problem in a more direct way, I might not actually have gotten there first. It’s always good to know what you want to do, but be prepared for what comes. Luck plays a significant role. I went into cell biology wanting to be a neuroscientist, and I ended up a neuroscientist by accident.

James E. Rothman, one of three winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, on luck.

From “A Nobel Prize winner on Why We Need Foundational Research” [New Yorker | Elements]

(via thenoobyorker)


Lego unveils a new female scientist figurine, who looks normal and well-adjusted and is even wearing lab gloves. This is a huge step in the right direction for the company that was behind Lego Friends, which was not exactly an A+ in the feminism department (see this video and this video).

Read Maia Weinstock’s take on the new Lego scientist at Scientific American (she waited in line to get that figurine up there).

I recently released a miniature Lego Joe as a limited edition of one.


From Debbie Sterling’s TEDxPSU talk, “Inspiring the next generation of female engineers.” Sterling is the creator of GoldieBlox, a set of toys featuring Goldie, a female engineer who guides girls to develop problem-solving skills and build projects, introducing girls to the world of engineering through a tech-savvy female role model.

Watch Sterling’s entire talk below, and learn more about GoldieBlox at its website.

via tedx


schrödinger’s cat is ADLEIAVDE.

(sent to me by @amaiacrespo. if you know the original designer, tell me so I can credit them).


Flowers via nanotechnology

Researchers at Harvard have used nanotechnology to generate these ‘flowers’, which are roughly the width of “six red blood cells”.