Each of us a cell of awareness
April 17, 2005 8:55 AM   Subscribe

posted by sourwookie at 9:01 AM on April 17, 2005

Fantastic. Thanks Wolfdog! Now I can look like I'm learning something Very Important when in fact I'm just totally amused and fascinated.
posted by pomegranate at 9:34 AM on April 17, 2005

The best part was when the ATP Synthase made ATP.
posted by euphorb at 9:42 AM on April 17, 2005

Dude, you mean when that giant, floating, rotating contraption came down and started churning out raw molecular energy? The one powered by protons making a break for freedom? Yeah man, that was awesome! I seriously jumped back in my chair when that thing swooped in.

OK, so I'm easily amused. But cells were never this cool in high-school biology. Great find.
posted by Popular Ethics at 10:23 AM on April 17, 2005

These weren't bad, but I like the Bloodmobile better.
posted by bigtimes at 10:36 AM on April 17, 2005

I found it was almost schizophrenic: too much data packed into too small a space. There were bits of information popping up all over the place, completely unexplained by the text and animations. Very good info, very much requires a fair chunk of scientific knowledge to even begin making sense.
posted by five fresh fish at 10:39 AM on April 17, 2005

I love when life science gets dumbed down to my level. I once saw a 16mm academic film from the sixties where dance was used as the metaphor to describe the actions of messenger RNA (I think, I'm having trouble remembering exactly). It was a little hippy dippy, but at the time, very understandable.
posted by BrotherCaine at 11:08 AM on April 17, 2005

I see where you're coming from FFF, but that's actually why I liked it. I'm no biologist (the one high school class was my only introduction), so I don't fully understand everything that's going on, but the animations give me the general idea. If I want to learn more, I can pause it, hover over the molecules and read more. Rather than dumbing down the science, the animator layers the information so that everyone can learn something.
posted by Popular Ethics at 11:12 AM on April 17, 2005

This is awesome.
posted by painquale at 11:19 AM on April 17, 2005

As a senior biochemistry & molecular biology student, this stuff is really cool and wish my profs would show it to us...Helps a lot to have these nifty visualizations instead of static drawings when trying to understand basic concepts. On that note, thanks for reminding me I have some biochem to study...bah!
posted by jmd82 at 11:48 AM on April 17, 2005

This ATP Synthase - it rotates?

Great post. Those little jiggly electrons are so cute. And, five fresh fish, keep in mind these are intended to be studied, not skimmed through in 45 seconds. I think the balance between pacing and density of information is a good one.
posted by mediareport at 12:21 PM on April 17, 2005

Fewer jiggly electrons, more jiggly boobs! Enact the Krebs cycle using naked porn stars! I want entertainment, dammit, not knowledge!
posted by five fresh fish at 1:20 PM on April 17, 2005

Cool! Thank you, Wolfdog. I have always been fascinated the intricate molecular machinery of living cells. These are great visualizations.
posted by wadefranklin at 7:03 AM on April 18, 2005

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