VOLUME IV. 11.06.13
We hereby present to you the Wondaland W LIST….a funky gathering of remarkable art i facts and experiences guaranteed to keep you balanced and on the tightrope for at least the next seven days…
(in no particular order, but arrayed in a fashion to make you smile)
By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest
A team of researchers of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, a city in NW Romania, has created a recipe for artificial blood whose preliminary tests have proven encouraging.
The team led by professor Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu, who is only 39 years old, has been doing research to create the artificial blood for six years and their discovery could prove crucial given the lack of blood doctors need in cases of severe accidents and major surgeries. The blood is made of water, salt, albumin and a protein – hemerythrin -extracted from marine worms which makes the artificial blood stress resistant.
The researchers said the results of the first tests performed on mice are encouraging. Professor Silaghi-Dumitrescu said all the previous attempts to create artificial blood have failed because researchers couldn’t find the right protein to keep the substance immune to stress factors. So far the tests on animals didn’t generate the toxicity other types of protein used so far produced.
The lead researcher pointed out the tests on mice will continue until proven there is not toxicity at all, before any attempt to use it on human beings. Silaghi-Dumitrescu said he expected concluding results in at most two years before any further tests. “Tests on humans are a very delicate topic, we need some very serious licenses and they represent an enormous risk” he underlined.
- See more at: http://www.balkaneu.com/artificial-blood-romania-tests-encouraging-researchers/#sthash.TUlavN5U.dpuf
2. Jamal Ahmad, one of Atlanta’s great purveyors of fine music, has recently moved to a new platform for disseminating vibrations. Check out Episode 1 here:
3. Everybody knows that BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Janelle Monae preaches to the choir with Electric Lady.
4. The architectural genius of ants.
5. In this outlandish emotion picture, Deep Cotton is brought to Camp Mothaland and put on trial for the New Atlantis Exodus by the SCUM Warriors, a radical organization dedicated to the violent principles of Valerie Solanas’s SCUM Manifesto. Like the rest of the male captives, Deep Cotton encounters the Objectification Station, a wall where messages from various feminist and progressive political thinkers are placed daily in order to instruct men on their own lustful desires and patriarchal tendencies. Through the power of music, Deep Cotton and the SCUM Warriors discover the next revolutionary and most peaceful step is for men and women to move forward as one to build a collective that JAMS together, and that works together harmoniously to cook, to clean, and to paint the fence….
6. Who’s ready to start painting with light? Let the games begin…
7. Cyborg bikes.
8. Vincent Brown, a professor of African and African-American History at Harvard, has made study of the Transatlantic Slave Trade accessible in a new way. Brown has created an interactive map of Jamaican slave uprisings in the 18th century called, “Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-1761, A Cartographic Narrative.”
Brown teamed up with Axis Maps to do the project. “An emerging alliance between historians and mapmakers promises to enlighten public perceptions of black insurrection…As with more recent disturbances, people at the time debated whether the slave insurrection in Jamaica in 1760-61 was a spontaneous eruption or a carefully planned affair,” Brown said. “Historians still debate the question, their task made more difficult by the lack of written records produced by the insurgents. Cartographic evidence developed in collaboration with Axis Maps shows that the rebellion was in fact a well-planned affair that posed a genuine strategic threat, not an indiscriminate outburst.”
David Heyman, managing director of Axis Maps, said that he hopes the maps will offer users a new and compelling way to l learn about slavery. “Interactive cartography provides a completely new method through which to interpret existing demographic and event data into a more rounded historical narrative, revealing surprising and unprecedented patterns that were previously hidden.”
9. This Halloween costume.
10. Some people say this man is 160 years old. Some people say this man can access the memories of his ancestors. We believe both are true.