Science and art team up to create cancer cell and bacteria portraits, Ep. 174This week on Crave we check out a light-based Rube Goldberg machine complete with melting ice, Godzilla gets the 8-bit treatment we have come to love, and the hit song "99 Red Balloons" is performed using red balloons. And also art made with cancer...
[MUSIC] A team of Japanese artists created a Rube Goldberg machine using light instead of a ball as a. Trigger device. The Rube Goldberg video was produced as part of a promotion for Japan's new high speed optical internet service provider au HKARI and is titled "The Power of Optics". The team focused a high powered light source to generate heat that is used to pop a balloon, burn through a string and melt a. The ice. Ultimately winding up at its final destination, which is a prism of making the light out of its different wave lengths. So we have the full Rube Goldberg video in the creative blog post. Okay this is impressive. YouTube musician Andrew Huang. Answered the challenge thrown down to him by a fan to cover Nena's 99 Red Balloons, using only red balloons. Well, he answered the challenge with authority and only needed a total of 4 balloons to do so. [MUSIC] Warning. Warning. The sun has blasted out a solar flare, and it's headed right for us. My god, it's coming right for us. On September 10th at 1:48 PM eastern standard time, an X1.6 solar flare erupted from the sun. Sending a large amount of radiation directly towards the earth at a speed of 2.5 million miles per hour. The resulting geomagnetic or solar storms are expected to hit September 12th. That's today. The cloud of material will cause disruptions in the earth's magnetosphere, which can and already have disrupted radio and satellite communication. As well as navigational equipment. It can also cause damage to satellites and result in power surges that damage power lines and cause power outages so beware. A world renowned artist and a scientist are teaming up to create self portraits and image out of bacteria and wrapped liver cells. The Creators Project from partners Vice and Intel. Have tapped artist Vik Muniz, famous for his tiny sand castles etched onto a single grain of sand, to produce a similar type of microscopic art, this time using living organisms. The art project called, Colonies. Is a collaboration between a scientist and an artist trying to make pictures out of living things. Tiny, tiny living things according to Munez. Munez was joined by longtime collaborator and scientist Tal Danino who helped create and test the process for creating the fortress. The process for making the image consists of three steps. The first step is to make a master image wafer using. Photo lithography techniques. Which is a process used in microfabrication to pattern parts of a thin film. The second step is to cast a rubber stamp from this wafer and use that stamp to make a sticky image on a dish that cancer cells or bacteria can stick to. The final step is to apply cancer cells or bacteria to this dish. And allow them to bind to the sticky material, and then snap pictures using a microscope. The Colonies Series has been exhibited in New York, Tel Aviv, and Sao Paulo with proceeds from the show going toward cancer research. [MUSIC] All right guys, that's the show. Thank you very much for watching. As always you can find all of these news stories you've seen at Crave Blog. That's Crave. CNet.com. Make sure you follow Crave on Twitter @Crave. And check out this week's crib giveaway. This week's crib giveaway is a 500 dollar VIsa gift card from the coupon site, RetailMeNot. That's a big chunk of change. Go to the blog and enter to win. [MUSIC]