It’s back-ordered for weeks. Does that bother me? Nope. BOUGHT IT.
Step one: Create Lego replica of yourself.
Step two: Attach said replica to a high-powered balloon which flies 90,000 feet above the surface. Let it fly.
Step three: Take pictures with an HD camera attached to the balloon.
Step four: Find balloon miles from its start point and send the story to the papers.
* — OK, OK, the Lego form of yourself
**Not technically in space, since 90,000 feet is only about a quarter of the way to the 100-kilometer Kármán line that officially represents the boundary between Earth and space, but let’s not split Lego hairs here.
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.
But using tiny loops of DNA as “bricks”, Harvard (of course) scientists have developed a Lego-like set of nucleic acid building blocks. The sequences in each loop only stick to certain neighbors in certain orientations, just like real Legos. Those rules are defined by all the standard base-pairing rules that you learned in biology class. You can see some of the shapes that they’ve developed above.
Ed Yong digs deep into the blocks at Not Exactly Rocket Science.
LEGO Turing Machine
A day late for the father of computer science’s centennial celebration, but still amazing. A team from the Netherlands build a working Turing machine out of Mindstorms components. Watch it compute 2+2…
More at Wired, plus some how-to.
LEGO Apollo 11 Rocket by Thebrickman
I think if you guys all start putting together your money right now, you can afford to get this for me for my next birthday.
Previously: Check out these scientists using Lego robots to help grow bones in the lab. Or this Lego space shuttle flying into space on a high-altitude balloon. Or this Lego ISS built aboard the real ISS.
It’s official. Your science is boring, and these people’s is awesome. Michelle Oyen’s lab at Cambridge has been working on growing bones using scaffolds and chemical engineering. It’s a painstaking process that involves hours and hours of dips in various bone-making chemicals in order to get a final product. Sounds like a job for a robot, right?
It turns out that Lego Mindstorm kits can do the job just fine, and for far cheaper than most robots. They plan on expanding their use to other projects in the near future.
This is so unfair. I mean, not only are they building bones in a lab, which is awesome, but they get paid to play with Legos! On second thought, maybe my childhood has provided me with a new resumé entry?