Why Do the Worst Movies Have the Coolest Depictions of Post-Singularity…

While I was a huge fan of the anime AEon Flux, I'm willing to admit that the Charlize Theron movie based on the series flopped for good reason. The plot felt cliched, the dialogue was bad, and Theron never convinced me she was a badass. I mean, she never even grits her teeth ferchrissake. But the concept design in … » 6/09/08 5:33pm 6/09/08 5:33pm

Bio-Art Is Not A Crime, Movie Director Tells io9

Art professor Steve Kurtz's wife, Hope, died in her sleep in May 2004. When Kurtz called 911, however, the police saw petri dishes and a mobile DNA-extraction machine and called in the feds. Kurtz tried to explain that the high-school-level lab equipment was part of an art project he and Hope had been doing about… » 4/02/08 6:30am 4/02/08 6:30am

Grow Your Own Genetically-Engineered Bacteria

Want to make the goo in a petri dish spell out the words "Hello World"? Now you can. Biopunk provocateur Quinn Norton is writing a five-part series for O'Reilly Radar about how you can start hacking yourself and your friends for fun (and, occasionally, profit). If her excellent introduction to biohacking isn't enough… » 2/04/08 11:45am 2/04/08 11:45am

Biological Art Mixes Plant Clones, Human Flesh, and Beautiful Bacteria

It was the first time I ever went to an art show where the art had gotten unruly and climbed outside its frame. A Sunshine-looking installation by Philip Ross of plants growing inside glass tubes of water (above) had turned into a jungle of plants breaking out of their transparent prisons and in some cases actually… » 1/16/08 9:40am 1/16/08 9:40am