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Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
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Walk Through the Belly of a Microscope
19 July 2000 7:00 pm
A four-story lobby built to emulate a microscope will be the focal point of a new Science and Technology center at the University of San Diego. In a recreation of Theodore Engelmann's 1883 experiment, in which he discovered that blue and red light were most favorable for photosynthesis, a skylight in the lobby will admit light that will be refracted by a prism and lenses intended to represent the optics of a microscope. Beams of light will shine on an artistic interpretation of a glass slide on the second floor.
The $46 million building, to house the departments of biology, physics, chemistry, and marine and environmental sciences, is "very unusual in the way it brings the different groups together," says Rachel Grossman of San Diego design firm Carrier Johnson. Mosaics in the corridor floors will illustrate various images from science--such as the alga Spyrogyra--and the microscope lobby will serve as a "symbol of a moment in scientific history when a single discovery combined biology, chemistry, and physics," she says. Construction is set to begin early next year.