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Porphyrias

Posted: August 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

From a Lancet review:

Hereditary porphyrias represent a group of 8 metabolic disorders of the haem biosynthesis. They are characterised by acute neurovisceral symptoms, skin lesions, or both.

Every porphyria is caused by abnormal function of a separate enzymatic step, resulting in a specific accumulation of haem precursors:

– 7 porphyrias are the result of a partial enzyme deficiency
– a gain of function mechanism is present in one new porphyria

Acute porphyrias present with acute attacks – severe abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, confusion, and seizure – and can be life-threatening.

Cutaneous porphyrias present with painful photosensitivity, skin fragility and blisters.

Porphyrias are still underdiagnosed. Screening of families to identify presymptomatic carriers and avoidance of precipitants is important.

References:

Porphyrias. The Lancet, Volume 375, Issue 9718, Pages 924 – 937, 13 March 2010.

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Patrick Ndungu talk at Drexel on Nanotechnology

Posted: August 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm

One of my former Ph. D. students, Patrick Ndungu (now at University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa) will be speaking at Drexel University on Friday August 19, 2011 at 12:30 in Disque 109.


Some Interesting Perspectives on the Integration of Nanomaterials with Energy and Water Treatment Technologies

As part of various key concerns in a developing economy, clean energy and access to potable water are an integral part of most strategic visions for sustainable socio-economic development. Of particular interest is the search for greener energy solutions that includes R&D into hydrogen energy technologies, and devices that utilize solar energy. Whilst clean water concerns centre on indigenous, cost-effective, and relatively simple technologies that can be easily deployed in remote or off-grid areas. Within this framework, this presentation will look at the evolution of a select body of work that has focused on the integration of carbon Nanomaterials into systems for hydrogen storage, fuel cells, and photo-catalytic materials for water treatment.

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Google Apps Scripts Workshop at Drexel University

Posted: August 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Andrew Lang will be in Philadelphia next week and we will be running a workshop on Leveraging Google Spreadsheets with Scripts for Research and Teaching. Now that our institution is no longer providing Microsoft Office for students in the fall term, it seems like a good time to explore converting some assignments and projects relying on Excel to freely available Google Spreadsheets. (Resources available here)

Andrew Lang (Department of Mathematics at Oral Roberts University) and Jean-Claude Bradley (Department of Chemistry at Drexel University) will host a workshop on Google Apps Scripts from 10:30 to 12:00 on Tuesday August 23, 2011 at the Hagerty Library in room L13C. They will demonstrate how users with no programming experience can easily add functions and drop-down menus to a Google Spreadsheet. Some chemistry examples will be detailed, such as inter-converting compound identifiers (common name, SMILES, CAS number, etc.) and reporting properties (melting points, solubility, density, etc.) with a single click. Participants are encouraged to suggest applications in other fields to explore during the workshop.

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KilleD

Posted: August 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm

 

Killed Art Segment from David Schenk on Vimeo.

Street Artist KilleD, a frequent contributor to our Anatomical Street Art group on Flickr, is featured in interview video directed by David Schenk.  I want his bandana.

Check out more of KilleD’s work on his Flickr stream.

 

[Spotted by Ryan Gerdes]

 

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BrainCar by Olaf Mooij

Posted: August 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Olaf Mooij brain car

Olaf Mooij brain car

Olaf Mooij brain car

Rotterdam-based artist, Olaf Mooij, known for his modifications of vehicles for the sake of art, created this brain car mash-up.  The brain captures video during the day and then remixes and projects the video on the inside of the brain at night, creating a somewhat psychedelic reflection of our own dreaming brains.

I love how the cerebellum becomes the trunk of the car.  Fantastic.

Does anyone know what type of car that is?

[spotted by SARO via Juxtapoz]

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Daphne: Admirable Choice

Posted: August 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Pierluigi Fracassi Daphne Admirable Choice

Pierluigi Fracassi Daphne Admirable Choice detail

We’ve posted the work of the wonderful Pierluigi Fracassi before, and here is his latest work entitled, Daphne: Admirable Choice.  It’s a gorgeous design, delicately laid.

View all of Peirluigi’s fabulous work on his site, pierluigifracassi.com.

 

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