Macro Critters with Marumi Achromat

Seeing that the world has survived my first round of photos, I put together another gallery full of magnificently magnified insects rather than castles. The magnification was achieved with a Marumi macro filter, as described in the next section. Scroll down to see the gallery itself, and click on any image to enter a full-screen … Continue reading “Macro Critters with Marumi Achromat”

Passau Pictures & Photoscape

Brace yourselves, it’s time to inflict my amateur photos on the Internet! At least there aren’t any cat pictures. A five-hour trek through Passau in Bavaria/Germany, at the conflux of Danube, Inn & Ilz, yielded about 160 exposures of which I kept eleven. Notably absent is St. Stephen’s cathedral which is currently being renovated, and … Continue reading “Passau Pictures & Photoscape”

Simulated Life

Computational biology reached a milestone last week. Scientists at Stanford University and the J. Craig Venter Institute presented the first software simulation of an entire living organism, albeit an extremely simple one: the single-cell bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium. The simulation models M. genitalium’s metabolic functions and all of its 525 genes (for comparison, multicellular organisms can … Continue reading “Simulated Life”