Polymerase Chain Reaction

Zymachi communicate with outer world via genetic markers. Learn how to amplify these signals from microcosmos.

Nano Clips

Watch NANO CLIPS, a Youtube channel where you can see how to handle objects of micrometric scale.  Something similar happens in the animation I’m working on [13].

Nano Radio

Zymachi antennas resonate with appropriate radio waves [32]. Watch a real resonating nanotube, fundamental component of a nano radio.


California researchers Peter Burke and Chris Rotherglen have made a carbon nanotube demodulator that translates AM radio waves into sound, and incorporated it into a complete radio system:

Watch video below for further explanation.

Superposition, Decoherence, Entanglement

Quantum computing is no more an academic speculation [12].

Nano Video

Really amazing CGI animation that shows DNA coiling, replicating, transcripting and translating. It was created by Drew Berry of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. I love it because you hear the hum of molecular activity. Last part, on haemoglobine anaemia, is dramatic.


Next one is on HIV lifecycle, it isn’t as good, but it’s very educative.

In the meanwhile (2009) they discovered another way HIV spreads from cell to cell.

Dwarf Planets

In 2006, after the discover of a “tenth planet”, the International Astronomical Union decided to rewiev the concept of planet. According to the resolution, Pluto has been downgraded to the rank of Dwarf Planet, along with Ceres, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. From 200 to 2000 dwarf planets are expected to be found outside Neptune’s orbit. In my story, a dwarf planet threatens Earth [3]. In search for a name, I found “Nestis” (from a fragment of Empedocles), alleged nickname of Persephone, Queen of the Dead, or Iron Queen, according to Odysseus.

Inspiration

First source of inspiration is “Fantastic Voyage”, the 1966 film where a submarine crew is shrinked and injected into a human body. I particulary love the scene in wich Pleasence is ingested by the white blood cell. I know that Cameron is planning a remake, maybe after a pair of Avatar clones. Unfortunately I’ve missed the animated sequel (1968) and Joe Dante’s “Innerspace” (1987). For oversized and undersized aliens, check also Voltaire’s “Micromégas”, written in 1752, and “Pictures can’t lie”, by Katherine MacLean (1955).

KEGG Atlas

KEGG ATLAS is a graphical interface to the global metabolism map with zooming and navigation capabilities (works with Chrome or Firefox).