Lord Howe Island Stick Insect hatching

In a world first, zookeeper Rohan Cleave captured the amazing hatching process of a critically endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insect at Melbourne Zoo. The eggs incubate for over 6 months and until now the hatching process has never been witnessed. If you didn’t see it you wouldn’t believe it could fit in that egg!

And they’re right, it’s pretty phenomenal.

via Melbourne Zoo

A Quick Look Inside Genspace: a DIYbio Lab

This past week I was invited to NYC along with other members of the DIYbio community to take part in a FBI/DIYbio Workshop. And before I address the issue of “What in the world does the FBI want with DIYbio?” I wanted to share a video I took of Genspace who was co-hosting the workshop.

For those who don’t know what Genspace is, it’s a community Bio-Lab located in the Metropolitan Exchange building at 33 Flatbrush Ave surrounded by a wonderful community of artists, designers and architects.I’ve seen pictures before but they don’t quite do justice to their lab setup. They have everything you could possibly want out of a BSL1 lab.

A view from the Cassini Mission

When asked what space looked like, I would probably show you bright and colorful imagery of colliding galaxies and exploding stars likely from the Hubble. But Chris Abbas has turned my view of space on it’s head with his stunning presentation of footage collected from the Cassini Mission.

Cathal Garvey demonstrating a DIY DNA extraction

Video CC: @smarimc

To all those suffering from the predisposition, that biology or it’s VC friendly cousin, Biotech, is complicated. Requiring a large amount of resources to get started. ¬†Watch as Cathal Garvey extracts DNA in a tent on a windy Irish country side while expounding on the benefits of open sourced biotech.

When not creating amazing wonders at IndieBiotech, Cathal is also a contributor to the CSQ Print Magazine.

Danes in Space

Kristian von Bengtson recently gave an impressive talk at TedxCopenhagen about his space program, CopenhagenSuborbitals. Kristian, alongside Peter Madsen have developed an open sourced suborbital rocket capable of carrying a human. Its quite exciting. They have all but completed it and are waiting for June to attempt another launch. Of course, I’m also a little nervous for the pilot after seeing the design (see picture below). They will basically be sitting atop a missile.

Video via TedxCopenhagen, Photo via CopenhagenSuborbitals