Posts Tagged ‘tattoo’

Posted: December 3, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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It looks like a smiley face tattoo, but a new easy-to-apply sensor can detect medical problems and help athletes fine-tune training routines. “We wanted a design that could conceal the electrodes,” says Vinci Hung, a PhD candidate in physical and environmental sciences at the University of Toronto, who helped create the new sensor. “We also wanted to showcase the variety of designs that can be accomplished with this fabrication technique.” The tattoo, which is an ion-selective electrode (ISE), is made using standard screen printing technique and commercially available transfer tattoo paper—the same kind of paper that usually carries tattoos of Spiderman or Disney princesses. n the case of the sensor, the “eyes” function as the working and reference electrodes, and the “ears” are contacts for a measurement device to connect to. Hung contributed to the work while in the lab of Joseph Wang, a professor at the University of California, San Diego. The sensor she helped make can detect changes in the skin’s pH levels in response to metabolic stress from exertion.

Posted: October 29, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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Look around: As Mary Kosut, an associate professor at Purchase College, has written, “America has become a tattooed nation.” Indeed, our shared ink transcends race, class, gender, sexuality, political affiliation, ideology, and even our sports loyalties. According to a 2012 Harris Poll, 20 percent of Americans have ink; the visibility in today’s world is startling. In kids’ culture—tattooed Barbie—and popular/sports culture and politics, tattoos are almost as mainstream as the iPhone or apple pie. The ubiquity of ink has made me wonder about prevalence of tattoos among college faculty. Given the stereotypes of tweed jackets and bookworm glasses, and those of tatted bikers and inked basketball players, how much does the tattooed professor violate social expectations? There is no question that professors are frequently tatted. Within my own department, at least six of us, out of 14 faculty, have ink. (Before we merged with another department, six out of eight had tattoos.) While at a certain level, tattoos represent novelty for us, there is more. As scholars within the field of ethnic studies, we are always the “others.” That is especially true for my colleagues of color, and those GLBT scholars within ethnic studies and the academy at large. (via The Inked Academic Body – The Conversation – The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Posted: September 26, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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Quanticare Cura Tattoo Product Launch

This is a fictitious concept video produced by the Norwich Research Park and University of East Anglia 2012 iGEM Team. It explores a futuristic world where synthetic biology is commonplace, and comes in the form product launch of a biosensing tattoo named ‘Cura’.

Cura is produced with immortalised cells containing specific gene systems, allowing each strand of the tattoo to sense different chemicals within the body and either report on changes or act upon changes itself, harnessing the power and potential of synthetic biology.

The NRP-UEA-Norwich iGEM team would like to thank the Biochemical Society for funding our concept video.