April 22nd, 2009

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South Korean building is a Transformer.

The South Korean government has built a shape-shifting multi-purpose building near the royal palaces in Seoul.  The exhibition hall can be reconfigured with cranes and floor rails into a cross shape, hexagon, rectangle, circle, etc., to accommodate any event.  It's currently hosting a Prada fashion exhibition.

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Petunia part person.

This man has a blood relative called Petunia.  They're both in this picture.

Eduardo Kac, a professor at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, with the help of a biologist from the University of Minnesota, has genetically engineered a petunia with a protein from his blood, making it a human/petunia hybrid.  The hybrid, which he's named Edunia, has red veins in the blossoms that are the result of the protein.

Edunia is on display at the University of Minnesota's Weisman Art Museum.

Kac is best known for creating Alba, a fluorescent green rabbit genetically engineered with GFP (green fluorescent protein) from jellyfish.

When the UMN's faculty first learned of the project, they were worried that protesters would target the college.  The prospect of human/animal hybrids is controversial enough, and now humans are being crossed with plants.  Nevertheless, they approved the project.