This winter, a new coronavirus is scaring the world. Coronavirus is actually a sort for virus, that is not normally very aggressive. Coronavirus normally give us common colds, but the last decades, new and more aggressive diseases caused by coronavirus have emerged. SARS (in the period 2002-2004) and MERS (around 2018) both belonged to the coronavirus family. And now, the new nCov-2019 from Wuhan. I have here made a 3D-model of a typical coronavirus particle.
Do you just need your daily coffee to function properly? Maybe you should get your sleep instead, because caffeine in the coffee tricks your brain to ‘think’ its’ not tired. This is because caffeine binds to the adenosine receptors in the brain. Normally, the adenosine receptors bind adenosine – and adenosine is a “tiredness”-signal as it builds up during activity and wakefullness. See this animation and learn more.
I have just helped the australian biotech-company Captixbio with an animation about a new device/implant to be used in Type 1 diabetes. I can’t show the animation here yet, but this is an image from the animation that shows a transparent person with the pancreas highlighted in pink. The full animation will be added to my portfolio later. Working with an australian company worked just fine – using Zoom meetings for clarification and feed-back.
Happy new year! I have just made an animation about myocardial infarct for a biotech company (Resotherpharma) and in the process, I created this beating heart, complete with atria and ventricles. The full animation will be added to my porfolio later.
The nobel prize in physiology / medicine was recently announced. And it went to a research area I have worked with myself (at Lundbeck), namely HIF / hypoxia biology. We published a paper on our findings, it can be found here:
All animal cells need oxygen in order to use the energy from food (they do this in cellular respiration), but when oxygen levels are lower than normal (hypoxia) they have a very smart way of adaptation. The HIF1 alpha protein! I have made an animation explaining the molecular basics of the mechanism by which HIF do this.
This animation shows how influenza-virus looks, how it infects cells, replicates and spreads. I have used quite some time to read articles to learn how it works. And thanks to virus-expert Ramona Trebbien from Statens Serum institute, who has kindly checked the animation.
I took some time to paint a picture outside, but the color seemed to attract wasps! One of them stung me, and that hurt! So I got the idea to find out why it hurts and animate it:
Large parts of the unique rainforest in Amazonas, Brazil, is on fire. So sad! Already as a child, I could cry over rainforest deforestation. But why is that we need forests? They are the home of millions of organisms (plants, animals, microbes, fungi), they are beautiful and that should be enough reason! But with all the trees, they also make a huge contribution in removing CO2 from the athmosphere and transform it into O2 (oxygen) for us to breathe – and glucose (which can be used for various functions in the plants – for instance to form starch and give structure to the plant) for animals (and us) to eat. Only powered by sunlight. OK, they also need some nutrients from the soil. And ok ok, they also make respiration and re-use some of that O2, but in total, they are really beneficial for the ecosystems of the Earth. But how is it now that this PHOTOSYNTESIS works?
The summer break is over and I am ready to start making animations again! And Blender 2.8 has now been officially released, WOW! Just before summer, I made this short animation (using Blender 2.8 beta) showing a brain, that mysteriously comes out of a PC by accident…
This animation shows a ‘rhapsody’ of the animation projects, Moving Science has made througout the first year. It includes many different, interesting, areas of biology.