bacteria http://wvxu.org en Molecular Velcro makes surfaces harder, smoother http://wvxu.org/post/molecular-velcro-makes-surfaces-harder-smoother <p>Imagine a world where a<strong> spray-on gel could make make cars and boats corrosion-proof, airplanes more aerodynamic</strong>, the flow in wastewater treatment plants faster&nbsp;and prevent surfaces from harboring bacteria.</p><p>That protective coating,&nbsp;invisible to the naked eye,&nbsp;may not be too far away according to <a href="http://www.archbiopartners.com/Technology/BORG-Peptide-Solid-Surface-Interface/Default.aspx">Arch Biopartners</a>. Within two years, principal scientist Randy Irvin says the initial application will be a methanol-based spray Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Ann Thompson 16340 at http://wvxu.org Molecular Velcro makes surfaces harder, smoother Using germs to make art http://wvxu.org/post/using-germs-make-art <p>Zachary Copfer is making some pretty unusual art using unconventional means. Like it implies, his <strong>"Bacteriography" involves developing images in plates of bacteria</strong>. The microbiologist turned visual artist makes use of E. coli bacteria and S.marcescens and then treats them with the DNA from jellyfish. The University of Cincinnati graduate got nationwide press last year when he first unveiled his works at a Cincinnati&nbsp;art show.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 09:31:10 +0000 Ann Thompson 10301 at http://wvxu.org