Art On A Chip

Albert Folch from Lab on a Chip released a cool artsy project this past Friday that the journal has been working on. Defined bluntly, the project is a collaborative flickr account to share the pictures of your science.  The general theme is miniaturization, and of course dyed water on chips. The images already stored there are appealing to the eye and some are displayed below.


Droplet-scale estrogen assays in breast tissue, blood, and serum. A picture of the first microfluidic device (25 × 12.5 mm) applied to the extraction and quantification of estrogen in 1 l samples of breast tissue homogenate, whole blood and serum (Mais Jebrail, University of Toronto).


Cells on a micropallet array. Four 3T3 fibroblast cells are constrained to individual polymer pedestals (micropallets) on a glass substrate. Each micropallet can be released individually from the system using a high-powered laser (Nicholas Gunn, UC Irvine)

My only two real issues with the project are….

1) I wish I had thought of the idea. Although, if anyone is interested in making a more generic project along similar lines I’m game.

2) I have no idea how to add pictures to the “joint” flickr account! The announcement from Lab Chip, Introducing LOC: Art on a Chip, gave no instructions on how to do it. It isn’t like I’m totally naive with regards to technology, I have my own flickr account, I just don’t understand how one goes about adding pictures to someone else’s account. Check this post for an update when some nice person in the comments section finally explains the process to me, or when I find the magic button.

The Announcement: Introducing LOC: Art on a Chip

Mitch

8 Comments

  1. Just tossing it out there since I saw this … could they mean flickr groups?

  2. This is so cool! Thanks for sharing. I recently discovered this blog and am getting a real kick out of it. 🙂

  3. LOL thanks, I guess.

  4. Everyone’s an artist! Sad state of affairs for my profession, but still, very nice images.

  5. Harp Minhas says:

    To upload images you have to join the group:
    Go to the LOC: Art on a Chip page and click on the “profile” tab, then under the heading “Groups” click “LOC: Art on a Chip Group” and then “Join this Group.” Once joined you can upload to your hearts content!

  6. Harp Minhas says:

    Thanks, i am pleased you like the site, apologies for the lack of instructions but essentially to upload images you have to join the group:
    Go to the LOC: Art on a Chip page and click on the “profile” tab, then under the heading “Groups” click “LOC: Art on a Chip Group” and then “Join this Group.” Once joined you can upload to your hearts content!

  7. Looks like CEN is jumping on the bandwagon:
    http://cenblog.org/newscripts/2010/07/we-want-your-pics/

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