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New video game art: Samus Aran!

Oct 23, 2012 09:04 PM

This week's store art features Samus Aran, the main female protagonist of Nintendo's Metroid series. The drawing has Samus in her 'Zero Suit' being carried unconscious. The drawing is set in an arena I saw from Super Smash Brother's Brawl. It's a very high quality drawing and well worth the 99 cent donation.

Store sales have sort of dropped, so I may slow down my drawing pace. I try to draw a little every day, but I sometimes get a little lazy. So if it seems like I am not posting anything, don't worry. I still love unconscious and chloroform art, and it's so satisfying to draw my favorite characters in peril.

Thanks in advance if you make a store purchase!

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Comments ( 6 )

strife said:
Welcome back Red! Yay I love Samus, what a beautiful unconscious piece here. My new desktop background. :)
Oct 23, 2012

Red said:
@strife glad you like it! I'm very happy with how it turned out. I think you were the first to suggest drawing her.
Oct 24, 2012

gytalf2000 said:
That is a fantastic unconscious pose!

You said that sales had dropped. I wonder if they would go up again if you did a Wonder Woman KO scene. She is probably the most popular heroine here, I figure.
Oct 24, 2012

Red said:
@gytalf2000 thanks! I am thinking about doing Wonder Woman, maybe a chloro scene ? got any ideas?
Oct 24, 2012

gytalf2000 said:
@Red Well, personally, I would really like to see a more physical-type KO like a punchout by a supervillain or a blackjack blow by an ordinary criminal who has managed to sneak up behind the sexy Amazon. But I'm not sure that a hard KO would be as popular as a chloroform scene...
Oct 24, 2012

seckanggi said:
Boris Johnson pledged to control the vulgarity of bigness.<br> But his city is alone in Europe in its slavery to 'anything goes' moneyWhen the jokes and buffoonery are dead and forgotten, <b>the</b> towers will remain. The true nature of Boris Johnson's London is taking shape in the form of some <b>30</b> bleak <b>glass</b> megaliths dotted at random <b>across</b> the capital.<br> He did<br><img src="http://img.izismile.com/img/img3/20100825/640/the_most_amazing_640_01.jpg"><br> not intend them <b>and</b> appears not <b>to</b> have planned them. Like Ken Livingstone, <b>Johnson</b> came to power pledged to end the<br><img src="http://blog.needsupply.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/pretty-in-pink-the-brat-pack-1354109-1069-733.jpg"><br> "pepper-potting" of <b>London.</b> As with Livingstone, power seized him in the grip of an edifice complex.I cannot find a Londoner who realises what is about to happen on the south bank of the Thames opposite Westminster.<br> Johnson and the <b>planning</b> minister, Nick Boles,<br><img src="http://media.avclub.com/images/422/422323/16x9/627.jpg%3F7300"><br> have allowed a <b>Qatari</b> consortium to build a visual wall of towers on <b>a</b> truly Stalinist scale <b>behind</b> the Royal Festival Hall next to Waterloo.<br> It is as if Paris had relocated La Défense to the Ile de la Cité. I am <b>told</b> these properties will mostly lie empty – useful collateral for the <b>world's</b> migratory money, ever in search of a safe haven.The Shell Centre will <b>be</b> demolished, except for its central 26-storey slab. Four new towers, one even <b>taller</b> than the present one, will cling round it. Behind this cluster <b>will</b> rise a 29-storey <b>stack</b> of glass boxes on the site <b>of</b> Elizabeth House, rumoured to be the largest occupied structure in <b>Europe.</b> <b>This</b> will be dwarfed by<br><img src="http://dims.vetstreet.com/dims3/MMAH/resize/630x420/quality/90/http://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.prod.vetstreet.com/e7/8486108fda11e1b331005056ad4734/file/goldendoodle-3-645mk070111.jpg"><br> a tower of luxury flats 100 yards downstream, its 43 storeys just seven fewer <b>than</b> Canary Wharf.This massive scheme will comprise the greatest intrusion imaginable on the London skyline. <b>Sited</b> <b>at</b> the tip of the peninsular loop in the Thames meander, it will block <b>sightlines</b> <b>from</b> Westminster to the City of London and be far more dominant over the horizon than the Shard at Bermondsey, or "new Chinatown" soon to emerge upstream opposite Chelsea at Battersea. The latter will include a 60-storey Nine Elms tower, 10<br><img src="http://animal.discovery.com/images/breed-selector/dogs/breeds/greater-swiss-mountain-dog_04_lg.jpg"><br> <b>more</b> than Canary Wharf, to join the 50-storey ones arising at Vauxhall.Talking<br> towers with London architects is like talking disarmament <b>with</b> the National Rifle Association. A skyscraper seems every builder's dream. At a Royal Institute of British Architects seminar on the subject last <b>April,</b> I faced an audience almost entirely of architects who treated any <b>criticism</b> of tall buildings as nothing to do with aesthetics or urban culture but to do with denying them money.<br> They played the man, not the ball, accusing critics of <b>being</b> elitist, reactionary, heritage-obsessed and enemies of architecture.Of<br> course cities must change with the times, and buildings with them. Like most people, I appreciate some modern buildings and not others, just as I want to protect some buildings and not others. I like Broadgate, the Gherkin and the new King's Cross. I admire <b>Zaha</b> Hadid's Olympic pool and Lord Foster's <b>Millennium</b> Bridge – not to mention Thomas Heatherwick's proposed <b>garden</b> bridge. I would not have saved Bankside power station <b>or</b> listed Goldfinger's <b>bleak</b> Elephant and Castle blocks, as the government did this week.Tall buildings well sited can be exhilarating. I was thrilled by Dubai's Burj Khalifa –<br><img src="http://dragonartz.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/_graphics-lovely-hearts-preview2-by-dragonart.png%3Fw%3D495%26h%3D495"><br> located as it <b>is</b> in the desert – and the City of <b>London</b> tower cluster seen from the Monument; <b>Canary</b> Wharf is exciting from Greenwich Park, less so from Poplar. But siting is all.<br> Most London towers are plonked down wherever the money talked.The charm of London still depends on relatively low-rise streets and open <b>spaces.</b> This is not<br><img src="http://keturahweathers.theworldrace.org/blogphotos/theworldrace/keturahweathers/love2.jpg"><br> an "accident of history", to be overridden by property speculation at will.<br> It is part of the character of the metropolis. London's neighbourhoods can be revitalised, as are other European cities, to higher densities without the visual bruising of point blocks. It just needs planning.London is alone among Europe's great <b>cities</b> in its drooling <b>slavery</b> to "anything goes" on its skyline, in its refusal to stand up to big money or choose a handsome development from a rubbish one.<br> Its planners can regulate <b>minute</b> details of front doors or wall colours with, we assume, some urban aesthetic in mind. They regulate the foreground but let the background go to hell.I<br><br><img src="http://machoarts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Chang_e-cg-girl-by-Ruoxing-Zhang.jpg"><br> can find no public document indicating where towers should be thought appropriate or inappropriate in London. There is no strategy for their location or<br><img src="http://photogallery.indiatimes.com/movies/regional-movies/lovely/photo/12416133/Aadhi-in-a-still-from-the-Telugu-movie-Lovely.jpg"><br> exclusion, only a dwindling protection for "views" of St Paul's. Artist's impressions never indicate surrounding towers. Each planning permission is considered in isolation, frequently on appeal to heavily lobbied politicians.Both<br> the Conservatives in opposition and Johnson when running for office publicly pledged to bring such development under control.<br> In 2007 David Cameron's "quality of life" group condemned Livingstone's "vulgarity of bigness", complaining that the <b>ugly</b> location of his <b>towers</b> was damaging London's appearance, its history and its tourist <b>economy.<br></b> It compared them with the grandiosity of Stalin<br><img src="http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/thesouthern.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/68/a68fd6aa-7e1b-5609-b509-28227eaec659/50b92dd2dde6c.preview-620.jpg"><br> and Mussolini.<br> The politicians all changed the minds at the first pop of a lobbyist's champagne.Towers<br> imply civic leadership weak in the face<br><img src="http://rack.3.mshcdn.com/media/ZgkyMDEyLzEyLzA0L2JjLzdmdW5ueXNubHNrLmFWbS5qcGcKcAl0aHVtYgk5NTB4NTM0IwplCWpwZw/787fa99c/335/7-funny-snl-skits-with-presidential-impersonators-videos--7118de379e.jpg"><br> of commercial pressure. They&nbsp;are not "vital" to the urban economy, least of all in a low-density city such as London. The last rash of speculative towers such as Centre Point <b>in</b> the 1970s mostly lay empty until rented for<br><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_6aNirdpVBY/UAAj-dWoguI/AAAAAAAABx8/-TUoScavJbM/s1600/Tough%2BChick%2BSoap--Round%2BLabel.jpg"><br> government<br><img src="http://i.animecrazy.net/10.png"><br> offices. Today's are not built for people to use but as sleeping bank accounts for funk money.<br> The Shard may well stay largely empty, <b>like</b> One Hyde Park and the<br><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1B4d-Dtf12c/UEs1PWZZ8lI/AAAAAAAABxQ/2RhB8dO-RH8/s1600/Black-Sad-Sad-Sad-Sad-Sad-Sad-Sad-The-Pictures-are-a-Disaster.jpg"><br> palaces of Palm Island, Dubai.<br> The rich may own them,&nbsp;but not inhabit them.The <b>truth</b> is, as Leona Helmsley said of taxes,<br><img src="http://filmmakermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/happy-sad-face.jpg"><br> that London planning is "for the little people". The Qatari and Chinese edifices about to rise along the banks of the Thames are pastiches of the Gulf economy.<br> They will cause widespread outrage. People will ask who on earth let them through. Remember <b>the</b> name: Boris Johnson.ArchitectureBuilding and town <b>and</b> country planningLondonPlanning policyThe ShardBoris JohnsonSimon Jenkinsguardian.co.uk &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this <b>content</b> is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Interviews with officials in five countries and a review of hundreds <b>of</b> pages of government and court documents provide strong evidence that a Laotian man is a linchpin of<br><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4VIFD_h958A/TasyUbeh3NI/AAAAAAAABfU/mDT-Jj32S-Q/s1600/lovely.JPG"><br> wildlife smuggling <b>operations.It<br></b> is still unclear how much ammonium nitrate, the chemical linked to last week’s deadly blast, was stored at a West, Tex., plant that operated in a regulatory patchwork.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Don’t believe what they say. Money can buy happiness. It’s yours for <b>the</b> price of a ticket to “The Book of Mormon.” And if you’re already in possession of one, then you’ve wisely secured a seat in the premier-class cabin of delirium.<br> Read full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Pakistani military issued a statement criticizing claims by American officials that Pakistan had used the C.I.A. drone program as cover for its own operations in the tribal belt. Finding ways to diagnose cancer earlier could greatly improve the chances of survival for many patients. One way to do <b>this</b> is<br><img src="http://img.naij.com/n/09/f/extremist-persons01.jpg"><br> to look for <b>specific</b> proteins secreted by<br><img src="http://animal.discovery.com/images/breed-selector/dogs/breeds/greater-swiss-mountain-dog_04_lg.jpg"><br> cancer cells, which circulate in the bloodstream. However, the quantity of these<br><img src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/892032/thumbs/o-DOG-DRIVING-CAR-570.jpg%3F5"><br> biomarkers is so low that detecting them has proven difficult.A new technology developed at MIT may help <b>to</b> make biomarker detection <b>much</b> <b>easier.</b> The researchers, led by Sangeeta Bhatia, have developed nanoparticles that can home to a tumor and interact with cancer proteins to <b>produce</b> thousands of biomarkers, which can then <b>be</b> easily detected in the patient’s urine.This<br><br><img src="http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs19/i/2007/280/2/f/Dragonfly_by_Akaeya_Lovely.jpg"><br> biomarker amplification system could <b>also</b> be used to monitor disease <b>progression</b> and track<br><img src="http://moviegalleri.net/wp-content/gallery/aadi-shanvi-lovely-movie-stills/aadi_shanvi_lovely_movie_stills_5200.jpg"><br> how tumors respond to<br><img src="http://image.torrent-invites.com/images/578internet_memes_funny_p.jpg"><br> treatment, says Bhatia, the John and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.“There’s a desperate search for biomarkers, for early detection or disease prognosis, or looking <b>at</b> how the body <b>responds</b> to therapy,” says Bhatia, who is <b>also</b> a member of <b>MIT’s</b> David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer <b>Research.</b> She adds that the search has been complicated <b>because</b> genomic studies have revealed that many <b>cancers,</b> such as breast cancer, <b>are</b> actually groups of several diseases with different <b>genetic</b> signatures.<br> The MIT team, working with researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, described the new technology in a paper appearing in Nature Biotechnology <b>on</b> Dec.<br> 16.<br> Lead author<br><img src="http://rachelmiller1511.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/mom.jpg"><br> of the paper <b>is</b> Gabriel Kwong, a postdoc in MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science and the Koch Institute.Amplifying cancer signalsCancer cells produce many proteins <b>not</b> found in healthy cells. However, these proteins are often so diluted in the bloodstream that they are nearly impossible to identify.<br> A recent study from Stanford University researchers found that even using the best existing biomarkers for ovarian cancer, and <b>the</b> best technology to detect them, an ovarian tumor would not be found until eight to 10 years after it formed.“The<br> cell is <b>making</b> biomarkers, but it has limited production capacity,” Bhatia says. “That’s when we <b>had</b> this ‘aha’ moment: What if you could deliver <b>something</b> that <b>could</b> amplify that signal?”Serendipitously, Bhatia’s lab <b>was</b> already working on nanoparticles that could be put to use detecting cancer biomarkers.<br> Originally intended<br><img src="http://img.timeinc.net/time/daily/2008/0801/silhoette_tough_guy.jpg"><br> as imaging agents for tumors, the particles interact with enzymes known as proteases, which cleave proteins into <b>smaller</b> fragments. Cancer cells often produce large quantities of proteases known as MMPs. These proteases help cancer <b>cells</b> escape their original locations and spread uncontrollably by cutting through proteins of <b>the</b> extracellular <b>matrix,</b> which normally holds cells in place.The<br> researchers coated <b>their</b> nanoparticles with peptides (short protein fragments) <b>targeted</b> by several of the MMP proteases. The treated <b>nanoparticles</b> accumulate at tumor sites, making their way through the leaky blood vessels that typically surround tumors. There, the proteases cleave hundreds of peptides from the nanoparticles, releasing them into the bloodstream.The peptides rapidly accumulate in the kidneys and are excreted in the urine, where they can be detected using mass spectrometry.<br> This new system is an exciting approach to overcoming <b>the</b> problem of biomarker scarcity in the body, says <b>Sanjiv</b> Gambhir, chairman of the Department of<br><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_DJxssa7CE9A/S8t7Qv65OwI/AAAAAAAAAEI/IxGyB5F-M8o/s1600/_graphics-lovely-hearts-preview3-by-dragonart.png"><br> Radiology at Stanford University School of Medicine.<br> “Instead of being dependent on the body to naturally shed biomarkers, you’re sampling the site of interest and causing biomarkers that you engineered to be released,” says Gambhir, who was not part of the research team.Distinctive<br> signaturesTo make the biomarker readings as precise as <b>possible,</b> the researchers designed their particles to express 10 different peptides, each of which is cleaved by a different one of the dozens of MMP proteases.<br> Each of <b>these</b> peptides is a different size, making it possible to distinguish them with mass spectrometry.<br> <b>This</b> should allow researchers to identify distinct signatures associated with different types of tumors.<br> In this study, the researchers tested their nanoparticles’ ability to detect the early stages of colorectal cancer in mice, and to monitor the progression of liver fibrosis.Liver<br> fibrosis is an accumulation of scarring <b>in</b> response to liver injury or chronic liver disease. Patients with this condition have to be regularly monitored by biopsy, which <b>is</b> <b>expensive</b> and invasive, to make sure <b>they</b> are getting the right treatment. In mice, the researchers found that the nanoparticles could offer much more rapid feedback than biopsies.<br> They also found that <b>the</b> nanoparticles could accurately reveal the early formation of colorectal tumors. In ongoing studies, the team is studying the particles’ ability to measure tumor <b>response</b> to chemotherapy and to detect metastasis. The research was funded by the National<br><img src="http://cdn.mdjunction.com/components/com_joomlaboard/uploaded/images/402417_168625089908872_128246517280063_223000_978772664_n.jpg"><br> Institutes of Health and the Kathy and Curt Marble Cancer Research Fund. A <b>Campaign</b> Against the Arms Trade hackday was maybe more about discussing the data than doing <b>much</b> with itAt a 2011 Amnesty event in Trafalgar Square, <b>the</b> crowd were asked to show solidarity with the people of Egypt by holding up their phones clasped in a two-fingered peace gesture.<br> It <b>felt</b> a little like a T-Mobile advert, but it also reflects the ways in which war has become more "social" in <b>recent</b> years.That's<br> the "social" of social media.<br> War has always been<br><img src="http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/74090/74090,1210689189,1/stock-photo-lovely-coffee-12542989.jpg"><br> social, as has the media.<br> And they're both anti-social too.<br> But, from Sallam Pax to the IDF on Instagram, <b>a</b> newer, often personal and increasingly horizontal pattern of conflict communication is emerging. Baudrillard may have been prompted by the various mediations of <b>1990s</b> conflicts to argue the Gulf War Did Not Take Place, but not only <b>is</b> <b>#OccupyGezi</b> very much taking place for those involved, those of us watching from abroad through the hashtag are connected to the reality in quite powerful ways. How might people campaigning against the arms trade <b>tap</b> into such new sociability? How might they gain new information, connect previous disparate data and share their knowledge <b>more</b> effectively? These were questions posed at a Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) hackday run by Artists and <b>Engineers</b> last weekend, where I found myself sitting with a mix of journalists, programmers, statisticians, campaigners and artists – some with a prior strong interest in arm's trade, most without – listening to <b>them</b> wonder "Arms export licensing <b>data:</b> How we can we Vine that?" and <b>"Identifying</b> a tear gas canister? There's an app for that."<br> We arrived <b>to</b> find King's College London's old Anatomy <b>Theatre</b> decked out in drop-down projection screens.<br> Photos of Gaddafi looking intently into a computer surrounded us and there was a table full of coffee.<br> I chatted to the woman<br><img src="http://cdn.ebaumsworld.com/mediaFiles/picture/1353378/81169760.jpg"><br> next to me about Help Me Investigate while some guys to my right discussed the best cameras to mount on drones. Ian Prichard, CAAT's Research <b>Co-ordinator,</b> ran through the sources of information they use. Government licensing data (from the UK and EU), <b>lists</b> of government meetings and spending, the CIA World Fact <b>book,</b> the World Bank data store, the SIPRI arms transfers database or simply the newspapers. They make freedom of information requests, but these come back with a lot of blacked out passages, and working with MPs to get parliamentary questions can be faster.<br> He also said that the National Archives might sound old, but a lot of the infrastructure is old too, so it can be relevant. Then there is research from other NGOs, the trade press, trade fair brochures (when they can get them), mainstream press and blogs. <b>There's</b> also what Prichard referred to as 'the sharp end', finishing with a photo of tear gas canisters used in Egypt they'd been sent to identify.Another Ian, Mackinnon, lead data wrangler for CAAT, asked us to think about different audiences and what different things they <b>might</b> want from such <b>data.<br></b> We might look for new ways to share the data to attract a passerby, or help expert <b>researchers</b> with new<br><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4VIFD_h958A/TasyUbeh3NI/AAAAAAAABfU/mDT-Jj32S-Q/s1600/lovely.JPG"><br> ways to look at it (or new ways to collect more). We might aim to take a snapshot – communicate data as we know it – or we <b>might</b> make something that's capable of change over time. We might aim to deal with a single story, or give an overview.<br> Ideas included maps to help give the slightly esoteric information on export data a more human, or at least geographical anchor. CAAT already have a map of arms companies in the UK and an app on UK export licences, but we discussed ways such information could be connected to where the arms went; possibly mixing in maps of conflict or human rights information or, more dynamically, news stories or even a hashtag to connect CAAT's background data to <b>specific</b> events as they happen. We also discussed how 'sharp end' data might be crowdsourced, and it was interesting to learn that <b>a</b> challenge here is communicating to people what bits of information on, for example, a tear gas<br><img src="http://cdn.motinetwork.net/motifake.com/image/demotivational-poster/0809/hilarious-hilarious-air-guitar-idiot-retard-cat-demotivational-poster-1220603476.jpg"><br> canister, they need to photograph for <b>it</b> to be identifiable.<br> Crowdsourcing might allow CAAT to accrue more knowledge, but it depends on sharing it too.Another mapping exercise could connect information on how much <b>money</b> (including public money) goes into arms manufacturing and what else we might spend it on.<br> We looked at the CND and <b>False</b> Economy animated infographic on Trident, but suspected something for CAAT's data would be <b>less</b> straightforward. We also discussed military-focused research spending, but understood there were gaps in the data here; gaps which might be a powerful message in itself but wouldn't make the cleanest of infographics. You've got to sell a message with this data too. A map of who <b>is</b> doing research on particular topics could easily help scientists and engineers <b>better</b> network with one another if they don't accept CAAT's particular moral argument.<br> There were some more playful ideas, such as a sports manager style game where you take the role of an arms dealer. Invest in time to go to <b>dinner</b> with a minister, <b>sponsor</b> a careers fair, lobby to slacken social responsibility laws, deal with pressure to green the military, play powerful games of export and production and watch profits rise and fall. Such a game offers an unusual chance to play through the details of arms dealing data which can be pretty dry and esoteric on the <b>surface.</b> Similar to<br><img src="http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/sandman-ride.jpg"><br> Molleindustria's Oiligarchy, it'd place the player in the shoes of the "bad guys" in order to articulate a critique.<br> As with the IPCC Minecraft (a product of the Stockholm 2011 Green Hackathon) or Red Redemption's Climate <b>Challenge,</b> it could be very explicitly non-fiction in places, highlighting the data sets it draws on. The game idea might subvert common war tropes slightly, but again perhaps relies <b>on</b> the <a href = "http://erggrtr45hy7.com">masteryikol </a> the moral message.<br> Playing the bad guy can <b>be</b> fun.<br> It also raised<br><img src="http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/Fart_761527_2644615.png"><br> questions of the appropriateness of comedy for what is a very serious topic. That's not to say that<br><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_DJxssa7CE9A/S8t7Qv65OwI/AAAAAAAAAEI/IxGyB5F-M8o/s1600/_graphics-lovely-hearts-preview3-by-dragonart.png"><br> dark and/or ironic humour might not be very powerful, just that it has to be thought through;<br><img src="http://cdn.motinetwork.net/demotivationalposters.net/image/demotivational-poster/0808/there-is-a-fine-line-downy-rtard-funny-pez-hilarious-demotivational-poster-1218350667.jpg"><br> an issue for those in medical and environmental communications too (the exploding children climate video was offered as a cautionary<br><img src="http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/16900000/girl-and-the-rain-sad-songs-16929572-500-706.jpg"><br> tale).Other ideas were more rooted in graphic design and visual arts.<br> <b>For</b> example, considering ways to add a Union Jack <b>and</b> "made in Britain" tag to images of conflict.<br> This <b>was</b><br><img src="http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/9000000/Lovely-Baby-sweety-babies-9049984-400-320.jpg"><br> seen <b>as</b> a chance to subvert patriotic rhetoric surrounding the argument that the arms industry boosts our economy (c.f.<br><br><img src="http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/32000000/Cute-Lovely-Taemin-the-group-shinee-32032831-933-640.jpg"><br> this subvertisement of the "Britain is GREAT" campaign).<br> An interesting point that came up during the discussion <b>of</b> infographics was a desire to move away from a "photojournalism journalism approach, pictures of dead babies". One participant argued that "we need to deal with the horrific by normalising it."<br> The Isotype/ Information is Beautiful aesthetic offers some form of abstraction, which could be powerful and possibly attract new audiences <b>to</b> the cause as well as communicate something <b>larger</b> than <b>single</b> case studies. But is such abstraction really appropriate? Should the horrific be normalised? Another idea was to work the juxtaposition of abstract and detail; an infographic but with a horrifically graphic case study ready to pop up with a mouseover. Again, as with the humour issue, <b>attempts</b> <b>to</b> work an effective balance of abstract, specific, normalised and horrific is something environmental and <b>medical</b> communications consider too, <b>and</b> there aren't straightforward rules. I left feeling the day didn't provide time to do much <b>with</b> the actual data, but still inspired by <b>the</b> interactions between different areas of expertise offered by the <b>event.</b> I attended purely aiming to watch what <b>they</b> were <b>up</b> to, but was surprised to find my experience in philosophy of science, literature and history of art all called upon <b>as</b> a participant. Hackdays differ from each other, and this was <b>maybe</b> more about discussing the data than doing <b>something</b> with it.<br> Such talk is an important step though; it helps you see the limitations of your materials as <b>well</b> as helping you imagine new and productive ways of working <b>with</b> them.<br> It might be that the strongest outcomes of the event happen further down the line, and <b>maybe</b> that's appropriate.<br> The challenges set weren't <b>going</b> to be solved in a day.I<br> doubt I'll be making Vines from the World Bank data store anytime <b>soon,</b> but maybe I'll run a similar event on research<br><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_DJxssa7CE9A/S8t7Qv65OwI/AAAAAAAAAEI/IxGyB5F-M8o/s1600/_graphics-lovely-hearts-preview3-by-dragonart.png"><br> <b>spending.</b> Alice Bell is research fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of SussexScience policyAlice Bellguardian.co.uk<br> <b>&copy;</b> 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or <b>its</b> affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject <b>to</b> our Terms <b>&</b> Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; M.<br> Frans <b>Kaashoek,</b> Charles Piper Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; associate director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL); Prime Minister Vlad Filat’s governing coalition failed a no-confidence motion on Tuesday, shattering an <b>alliance</b> that had put the former Soviet republic on a path toward integration with the European Union. With her were her funnyman hubby, Chris Henchy, and their daughters <b>Rowan,</b> 7, and Grier, 5.<br> Schneider Electric’s $5 billion offer for Invensys prompted a jump in the stock price that indicates investors are hoping for a higher offer or even a <b>counterbid</b> from a rival <b>suitor.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></b> Three members of the MIT School of Engineering —<br><img src="http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/2/Open/20th%2520Century%2520Fox/The%2520Girl%2520Next%2520Door/_derived_jpg_q90_600x800_m0/the_girl_next_door10.jpg%3Fpartner%3Dallmovie_soap"><br> Anant Agarwal, John Hansman, and Edward Merrill — are among the 69 new members and 11 foreign associates elected <b>to</b> the <b>National</b> Academy of Engineering (NAE) on<br><img src="http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/74090/74090,1210689189,1/stock-photo-lovely-coffee-12542989.jpg"><br> Feb.<br> 7. MIT President Emeritus Charles M.<br> Vest, NAE president since 2007, made the announcement today.<br> Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. <b>Academy</b> membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to <b>“engineering</b> research, practice,<br><img src="http://societyandreligion.com/minecraft/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/2012-02-11_104207_1426470.jpg"><br> or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,” and to the<br><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0K4kxnjDMh8/T_RUuICJ88I/AAAAAAAAA58/HmqkN2tm3Gk/s1600/lovely-hump-day.gif"><br> “pioneering of new and developing <b>fields</b> <b>of</b> <b>technology,</b> making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.” Cells grown <b>this</b> way could help researchers develop engineered tissue to treat many of the 500 million people suffering <b>from</b> chronic liver diseases such as hepatitis C, according to the researchers.Lead author of the paper is <b>Jing</b> (Meghan) Shan, a graduate student in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Members of Bhatia’s lab collaborated with researchers from the <b>Broad</b> Institute, Harvard Medical School and the University of Wisconsin.Large-scale screenBhatia has previously developed a way to temporarily maintain normal liver-cell function after <b>those</b> cells are removed from the body, by precisely <b>intermingling</b> them with mouse fibroblast cells. For this study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the research team adapted the <b>system</b> so that the liver <b>cells</b> could grow, in layers with the fibroblast cells, in small depressions in a <b>lab</b> dish. This allowed the researchers to perform large-scale, <b>rapid</b> studies of how 12,500 different chemicals affect liver-cell growth and function.The<br> <b>liver</b> has about 500 functions, divided into four general categories: drug <b>detoxification,</b> energy metabolism, protein synthesis and bile production.<br> David Thomas, an associate researcher working with Todd Golub at the Broad Institute, measured expression levels of 83 liver enzymes representing some of the most finicky functions to maintain.After screening thousands of liver cells from eight different tissue donors, the researchers identified 12 compounds that helped <b>the</b> cells maintain those functions, promoted liver cell division, or both.Two of those compounds seemed to work especially well in cells from younger donors, so the<br><img src="http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/32000000/Cute-Lovely-Taemin-the-group-shinee-32032831-933-640.jpg"><br> researchers — including Robert Schwartz, an IMES postdoc, and Stephen Duncan, a professor of human and molecular genetics at the University of Wisconsin <b>—</b> also tested them in liver cells <b>generated</b> from induced pluripotent <b>stem</b> cells <b>(iPSCs).</b> Scientists have tried to <b>create</b> hepatocytes from iPSCs before, but such cells don’t usually reach a fully mature state.<br> <b>However,</b> when treated with those two compounds, the cells matured more completely. Bhatia and her team wonder whether these compounds might launch a <b>universal</b> maturation program that could influence other types of cells as well. Other researchers are now testing them in a variety of cell types generated from iPSCs. In <b>future</b> studies, the <b>MIT</b> team plans to embed the treated liver cells on polymer tissue scaffolds and implant them in mice, to test whether they <b>could</b> be <b>used</b> as <b>replacement</b> liver tissues. They are also pursuing the possibility of <b>developing</b> the compounds as drugs to help regenerate patients’ own liver tissues, <b>working</b> <b>with</b> Trista North and Wolfram Goessling of Harvard Medical School. Eric Lagasse, an associate professor of <b>pathology</b> at the University of Pittsburgh, says the findings represent a promising approach to overcoming the difficulties scientists have encountered in growing liver cells outside of the body. “Finding a way of growing functional hepatocytes in cell culture would be a major breakthrough,” says Lagasse, who was not part <b>of</b> the research team.Making connectionsBhatia and colleagues have also recently made progress toward solving another challenge of engineering liver tissue, which is getting the recipient’s body to grow blood vessels to supply the new tissue with oxygen and nutrients. In <b>a</b> paper published in the Proceedings of the National <b>Academy</b> <b>of</b> Sciences in April, <b>Bhatia</b> and Christopher Chen, <b>a</b> professor <b>at</b> the University of Pennsylvania, showed that if preformed cords of endothelial cells are embedded <b>into</b> the tissue, they will rapidly grow into arrays of blood vessels after the tissue is implanted.<br> To achieve this, Kelly Stevens <b>in</b> the Bhatia lab worked with Peter Zandstra<br><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_dlkAw43cLC0/SY_fk5bTRuI/AAAAAAAADHw/6hHl2wfj5iw/s800/14-Lovely-Hearts-for-St-Valentines-day-coffee.jpg"><br> at the University of Toronto to <b>design</b> a new system that allows them to create 3-D engineered tissue and precisely control the placement of different cell types within the tissue. <b>This</b> approach, described in the journal Nature Communications in May, allows the engineered tissue to function better with the host tissue.<br> “Together, these papers offer<br><img src="http://lovelypackage.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/lovely-package-alchimia-1.jpg"><br> a path forward to solve two of the longstanding challenges in liver tissue engineering — growing a large supply of liver cells outside the body and getting the tissues to graft to the transplant recipient,” Bhatia says. President Barack Obama has announced he intends to appoint MIT Professor Esther Duflo to the President’s Global Development Council.<br> Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics, and a founder and director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab <b>(J-PAL).Policy,</b> partnerships, and public inputEstablished by executive order in September 2010 and administered by the U.S.<br> Agency for International Development, the President’s Global Development Council is being shaped to advise the administration on U.S.<br> global development policies and practices, to support new and existing public-private partnerships, and <b>to</b><br><img src="http://cdn.lolzbook.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/When-You-See-It....jpeg"><br> increase awareness and action in support of development by soliciting public input on current and emerging issues in <b>the</b> field of global development.<br> On Dec. 21, <b>2012,</b> Obama announced his intent to appoint two chairs and eight members (including Duflo) to the council from a variety of sectors outside the federal government.In making the announcement, Obama said, “These dedicated and <b>accomplished</b> individuals will be valued additions to my<br><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-e8pDUFUfsaA/UNdUBfMKNMI/AAAAAAAADQ8/zDtxhz8GYiY/s1600/Love-Quotes.jpg"><br> administration as we tackle the important <b>challenges</b> facing America. <b>I</b> look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”Deborah <b>Fitzgerald,</b> Kenan Sahin Dean of MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, said she was delighted to <b>learn</b> of Duflo's appointment. "Esther combines visionary research with deep compassion and dedication. She embodies the MIT mission <b>to</b> serve the world, and I think it is a real credit to this administration that they have chosen her to help shape America's policies on global development."Leading a revolution in poverty alleviationDuflo is an internationally renowned economist whose research has helped change the way governments <b>and</b> aid organizations address global poverty. Her revolutionary work applying randomized trials to determine <b>which</b> social policies actually work best to relieve poverty has led to numerous accolades. Most recently she was named one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers” for 2012 by Foreign Policy magazine.Other awards include the John Bates Clark Medal (2010), a MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant” (2009), and <b>the</b> Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book <b>of</b> the Year Award (2011), <b>which</b> she won for <b>co-authoring</b> "Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty" (with Abhijit <b>V.<br></b> Banerjee, Ford International Professor <b>of</b> Economics at MIT). Duflo is <b>a</b> fellow of the<br><img src="http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/9000000/Lovely-Baby-sweety-babies-9049984-400-320.jpg"><br> American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the first holder of the “Knowledge Against Poverty” chair at the College de France in Paris.In<br> addition to her MIT research, Duflo is director of the development economics program at the Center for Economic Policy Research and serves as editor of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. She holds an undergraduate degree from <b>L’Ecole</b> Normale Supérieure in Paris and a master’s degree from DELTA, which has since been incorporated <b>into</b> the Paris School of Economics.<br> She earned her doctorate <b>in</b> economics from MIT in 1999. Colombian lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a polarizing bill to allow same-sex marriage in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation, as hundreds of people took to the streets to demonstrate for and <b>against</b> the measure.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Britain seems resigned to male underachievement. There are ways to rebuild masculinity, but <b>most</b> on the right won't like themFor a traditional British conservative take <b>on</b> men's issues, you can't get much more pure than the <b>editor</b> of the Spectator writing in the Telegraph in defence of his chum Boris Johnson. The London mayor made a crass, sexist joke this week about <b>Malaysian</b> girls going off to university to find husbands.<br> Fraser <b>Nelson's</b> article is a familiar rehashing of<br><img src="http://assets.shitbrix.com/hashed_silo_content/1e2/dd7/140/resized/wtf-when-you-see-it-you-ll-shit-brix-d6dc9a.jpg"><br> the End of Men narrative, nicely nailed by my Comment is free <b>colleague</b> Sarah Ditum on Twitter: "It's like he read Hanna Rosin <b>but</b> none of <b>the</b> reviews."His<br> analysis falls short on several fronts.<br> The first is a simple matter of reality. Nelson discusses the gender trends in education, employment and relationships for young people up to <b>the</b> age of 30, while completely ignoring that the picture changes <b>profoundly</b> when people <b>have</b> children.<br> <b>Second,</b> while noting that <b>boys</b> at the top are still doing just fine, Nelson never acknowledges <b>that</b> the problems are fundamentally economic and class-based. <b>Above</b> all, for all the<br><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Woy1h4DCA6E/UMDYaOzkQvI/AAAAAAAACCw/a2AyOhhuFg8/s1600/d26.jpg"><br> wailing and gnashing of teeth, neither Nelson nor Johnson can offer a single prescription to heal the malaise.The<br> fundamental problem Nelson identifies is that our society no <b>longer</b> has a pressing need for the attributes of traditional working-class masculinity: brute strength, endurance and courage in the workplace; a provider's role at home.<br> There are two possible solutions to that. The first would be an economic project to revitalise British manufacturing <b>industry,</b> especially heavy industry, which has shrunk by two-thirds over the past <b>30</b> years. The second would be a social project to reinvent masculinity and gender roles in <b>keeping</b> with the world we have built.Both of these options are anathema <b>to</b> most conservatives.<br> The right sacrificed the prospects of young working-class men when they abandoned a controlled economy to the whims of the global free market. The <b>coalition</b> government's only notable reactions to the underachievement and alienation of <b>young</b> <b>men</b> has been to rail against deadbeat dads and to offer a pathetic cash bribe to couples as <b>a</b> reward for marriage.There are signs that the mainstream left is beginning to awaken to the issues. Labour MP David Lammy offered an insightful outline of some of <b>the</b> issues on Father's Day, calling on Ed Miliband and leftwing thinktanks to develop policies to make us "the most family-friendly nation in the world" without really spelling out <b>how</b> that could be achieved.<br> Diane Abbott recently spoke about the crisis of masculinity, in a wide-ranging and constructive speech, but<br><img src="http://img.izismile.com/img/img3/20101117/640/amazing_animal_closeups_640_10.jpg"><br> inevitably the headlines were grabbed by a paragraph or two portraying (some) young men as savage bundles of machismo, <b>misogyny</b> and homophobia fuelled by pornography, Viagra <b>and</b> Jack Daniel's.For all the furrowed brows, there is little sign of tangible change. The spectacularly unequal outcomes for girls and boys in education are now beyond dispute.<br> Schoolgirls are outperforming their male peers even in science and maths. But when the TES and the Guardian covered this news, it was only with concern that it was not being <b>translated</b> into university admissions and postgraduate <b>achievement.</b> I fully support efforts to get talented women into science, engineering and technology, but where are the similar efforts to inspire boys into medicine, teaching, nursing, pharmacology <b>or</b> any of the other fields where they are falling ever further <b>behind?</b> Our culture, both by <b>omission</b> and commission, seems resigned to male underachievement while simultaneously berating young men for their failings.My<br> elder son finishes primary school next week, and <b>nervously</b> prepares himself to enter <b>the</b> furnace of secondary education. Like all 11-year-olds, he has spent much of the last year being prodded and tested with Sats and other blunt tools like a white mouse in a lab.<br> After one such <b>experiment,</b> he <b>told</b> me proudly of his success.<br> <b>"I</b> scored highest of all the boys," he proclaimed. After due expressions of support, I couldn't resist asking about his other classmates.<br> "Oh yes, lots of the girls scored more than me, but they always do. Girls are just cleverer than boys."It is possible that he <b>has</b> learned this lesson from observing his own mum and dad, which would be an entirely legitimate reading of the evidence, but I suspect there is something more to it <b>than</b> that. Before even leaving primary school he has absorbed a corrosive and pervasive myth about what should be expected from boys and girls. It's my responsibility to correct him on that. It is our collective responsibility to work out where the myth has come from and what we can do to put it right.GenderYoung peopleSocial exclusionSocial mobilityAlly Foggguardian.co.uk &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its<br><img src="http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/16700000/Lovely-Baby-sweety-babies-16705862-400-400.jpg"><br> affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lee Stempniak scored the winning goal in the third period and added an assist <b>in</b> the Calgary Flames' 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.<br> <b>Account</b><br><img src="http://moreintelligentlife.com/files/Pretty%2520Woman.jpg"><br> <b>assignments,</b> executive appointments and miscellaneous news from advertising agencies. Treating <b>every</b> airport passenger as a potential terrorist slows the security system <b>and</b> deters some people from flying, according to a new report. Efforts are ramping up in both the public and private sector to enable high-growth businesses in the UK to scale rapidly and reach their full potential.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The robot is seen as a new tool that can come to the<br><img src="http://acidcow.com/pics/20100810/the_most_hilarious_gangsters_14.jpg"><br> aid of humanity in natural and man-made disasters.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; U.S.<br> stocks rose, almost wiping out the Dow Jones industrial average's 2010 loss, after better-than-expected earnings at companies from United Parcel Service to Apple and Ford Motor lifted confidence that the economy<br><img src="http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/14400000/Pretty-Little-Liars-Cast-Instyle-Makeover-Shoot-hanna-marin-14429238-500-632.jpg"><br> is recovering. 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