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10,000 ["How to Send a Message 10,000 Years into the Future."]
"This is The Ray Cat Solution:

1. Engineer cats that change colour in response to radiation.

2. Create the culture/legend/history that if your cat changes colour, you should move some place else."



"In the 1980's, a curious project was proposed by two scientists : why not creating a breed of radioactive cats that would change colors when they are next to nuclear waste?

OFFICIAL SELECTION Pariscience 2015 - International Science Film Festival -- This film is on free access - if you like it or if you feel it should be seen, feel free to share it.

THE RAY CAT SOLUTION
Philosophers Françoise Bastide and Paolo Fabbri were part of the Human Interference Task Force, employed by the US Department of Energy and Bechtel Corp at the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in 1981. Their solution consisted of two steps:

Engineer a cat that changes colour in response to radiation.

Create a culture around this cat, such that if your cat changes colour, you should move someplace else.

This requires a combination of scientific work in biology as well as social sciences and art, and there are many questions to consider:

• How do we actually engineer this cat?
• What are some of the scientific challenges?
• How do we create this culture?
• What types of art are more effective?

and much more..."



"WHAT DOES THE RAY CAT MEAN FOR YOU?
This project is as multi-faceted as it can be. Everyone's expertise and opinions are welcome and encouraged. We are here to challenge each other, ask questions, learn and share knowledge and perspectives with eachother.

SCIENCE
How do we engineer a colour change in response to radiation?
Where do we start and what are the challenges?

ART & DESIGN
How do we send a message 10,000 years into the future?
What types of projects do we need to do in order to create this culture?

POLITICS AND PHILOSOPHY
How is science funded?
What are the regulations and current perspectives on this type of project?
Should ray cats be allowed to exist?"



"SHARE, DISCUSS, CREATE, INVENT
This isn't a project. It is a movement. It doesn't have a particular direction, nor is it meant to. We are starting out with a blank canvas, and many directions we could go. The movement exists simply from those who choose to visit it and contribute.

We encourage creativity, and discussion. Question each other's ideas, inspire new ones, think out of the box and listen to what people have to say. Every mistake made and every question asked is progress.

This movement and process is bigger than the cats. This page also exists as a challenge to artists, scientists and anyone. How provocative are your ideas? Does this project have any less or perhaps more meaning than yours? Are your ideas truly creative and innovative?

There are many questions to answer, and even more questions to ask. We are in our first few years of another ten thousand. If nothing else, we at least have some time.

CONTACT US
Feeling inspired? Want to start a project? Not sure how you can contribute? Write to us at:

info@brico.bio "
cats  bioluminescence  biology  bioengineering  multispecies  radiation  via:vruba  pets  françoisebastide  paolofabbri  color  art  design  science  future 
december 2018 by robertogreco
Deep Sea biolumeniscence
75% of deep sea creatures emit light. Some beautiful photos and video
tootme  marine  monterey  deepsea  bioluminescence  biology  underwater  science 
october 2018 by nelson
Glowee, enlightened by the sea
Glowee, the light from the sea! A living lighting energy,
coming directly from nature, at the crossroads of biomimicry
and synthetic biology, ready to revolutionize our
way to produce, consume and light up!
sustainability  nature  light  bioluminescence  ecological 
february 2018 by gwippich
2012 News Feature: Bioluminescent comb jellies begin to shed light on the evolution of vision - National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
ocated in the same cells as opsin genes, the most primitive type of light detector in animals. All animals use opsins to catch photons of light, and finding a functional opsin in a ctenophore indicates that they have been preserved throughout animal evolution.
bioluminescence  biology  whatanimalssee 
august 2017 by ceptional
Twitter
Iwanicki, Frank & Porter (in review) our chapter on in an upcoming cell/physiology source…
bioluminescence  from twitter_favs
july 2017 by ceptional
The world's first glow-in-the-dark frog found in Argentina
n the case of Hypsiboas punctatus, we found that under twilight-nocturnal conditions, between 18% and 30% of all the light (photons) emanating from the frog’s skin were florescent. That’s a substantial proportion, enough to add significant fluorescence to the typical green (in daylight) colouration of the frog, enhancing its visibility.

Finding fluorescence in a land animal is particularly interesting because it has been generally considered irrelevant but for its presence in some insects (spiders, scorpions, beetles, butterflies, moths, dragonflies, millipedes) and in two avian species, parrots and parrotlets. In parrotlets, differences in feather fluorescence between sexes have been found to serve a function in mating and attraction.

With the polka-dot tree frog, we expect that its fluorescence plays a role in inter-species visual communication (because it matches the sensitivity of the frogs’ eyes photoreceptors for blue and green). We do not believe that it has any relevance to mating, as florescence does not seem to differ between females and males.
frogs  bioluminescence  Hypsiboas-punctatus  fluorescence  GFP 
march 2017 by zzkt
A Nosara Vacation - A Vacation In My Own Backyard
"Not only did the sky glow with stars from above, and not only did we see meteors zipping through the night sky, but to our surprise the water was glowing with bioluminescence. With no moon to give light, the night was very dark. But this only caused the plankton and the stars above to glow even brighter. The water was warm and with a little light we could see glassy waves moving in our direction. Each time the waves crashed the bioluminescence glowed. Each time we moved our hands through the water a streak of light formed around us. And once again we body surfed, only this time, through glowing water."

Nosara near Playa Guiones
bioluminescence  Nosara  Costa_Rica  travel 
march 2017 by dandv
Costa Rica bioluminescence swim
"Back from Costa Rica! Incredible trip, saw so many amazing things, the best of all though was the bioluminescent algae, we spent a night splashing and kayaking through these incredible waters. The blue heart was accomplished by setting the camera to a long exposure, then walking through the waters in that pattern with my wife. 😍Easily the best shot of the trip, but it doesn't do justice to how incredible it is to play with water like that, fish would swim / skin along the surface creating light trails, our guide saw a sting ray from below light up the ground, every paddle stroke lit up like magic and submerging your hand resulted in like tiny blue algaes lighting up along your hand."
travel  bioluminescence 
january 2017 by dandv
natsulasommer: prettyinpwn: natsulasommer: ... - that kind of grateful
I’m not from the science side of tumblr, but here’s the answer anyways:
 Basically, all living things are bioluminescent because every living thing has chemical reactions occurring in their cells. The energy created from these chemical reactions physically manifests as light, thus… all living things naturally glow.
 However, this glow cannot be seen by the human eye. In fact, the only way they’ve ever captured this light is through special cameras. Using these ultra special cameras, they’ve imaged subjects’ bodies over 24 hour periods. It has been found out that humans emit the most of this glow during the afternoon (about 4 PM), it is the weakest in the morning (about 10 AM), and the brightest light is emitted from the cheeks, neck, and forehead.
The light is about a thousand times weaker than what humans can perceive.
 Basically, it’s a side effect of metabolic reactions. It’s been suspected that humans are bioluminescent for years, but they weren’t able to confirm it until recently thanks to technology and a man named Masaki Kobayashi from the Tohoku Institute of Technology.
 Sources:
http://scienceblogs.com/notrocketscience/2009/07/20/photographing-the-glow-of-the-human-body/
http://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2009/jul/17/human-bioluminescence
http://www.livescience.com/7799-strange-humans-glow-visible-light.html
science  bioluminescence 
april 2016 by timberwolfoz
10,000
Bioengineer cats to change color due to radiation, like a living dosemeter/geiger counter using bioluminescence.
GMO  bioengineering  cat  raycat  bioluminescence  radioactivity  radiation  safety  Delicious 
april 2016 by asteroza

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