Tagged: video

"One of my dreams is to drive a virus-powered car" - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 30, 2011

Batteries. They power countless portable devices, start cars and drive electric vehicles. Yet they’re not particularly efficient. In research labs more efficient batteries are being developed. Viruses. They infect cells to cause disease. We’re forever battling them, trying to find better ways to rid ourselves of them. Yet in research labs around the world … Read More

Ernest Rutherford's gold foil experiment - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 22, 2011

Ernst Lord Rutherford is perhaps New Zealand’s best-known scientist and features on our $100 note. [caption id="attachment_6198" align="alignleft" width="295" caption="(Source: WikiMedia Commons.)"][/caption] His story is outlined at many sites, including a biography at the Nobel Prize website and the Rutherford.org website, which also includes pages about the myths about Rutherford (the most widely … Read More

Professor Ronald and the forbidden fruit – GE apples and a New Zealand visit - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 13, 2011

Three recent articles on scienceblogs.com feature a New Zealand connection, spanning genetic engineering, Middle Earth and an anti-vaccine campaigner. If you’re a New Zealander, or have an interest in genetic engineering, you might find Professor Ronald’s account of her visit to New Zealand to learn more about pastoral and crop research here and … Read More

"Knowledge is merely opinion." Storm – in cartoon and words - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 09, 2011

Tim Minchin’s 9-minute beat poem Storm that takes on medical ‘woo’ in an expatriate London dinner-party setting is well-known to many already, but this new cartoon presentation of it, released a few days ago, makes for good weekend viewing. (Credits: Poem written and performed by Tim Minchin. Directed and animated by DC Turner. Produced by Tracy King. Read More

Feynman on appreciating things and other stories - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 27, 2011

I did say that I would be unlikely to write over the next little while, but let me share with you this video, partly because it relates to the cartoon in my last post. In it Richard Feynman’s daughter, Michelle, introduces British documentarian Richard Sykes who recorded three documentaries of Richard Feynman. Sykes, in turn, introduces … Read More