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?
Lego Space Shuttle Boldly Goes Where No Tiny Plastic Ship Has Gone Before
Is there some sort of Lego space colony in the works that no one told me about? I mean, first we have the Lego International Space Station built on the actual ISS, and now we have this Lego shuttle taking an epic journey to the edge of space?
This is a future of space travel we can believe in. But how did they build a space shuttle with those silly little hands?
Take it from a maniac, this is probably the greatest LEGO creation I have ever seen.
(via Wired UK)