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.
Sometimes I need a break and get away from the modelling and animation work on the computer – and one of my favorite activities during this time is to draw. I constantly find inspiration in nature – especially in imperfection – a dead animal, a piece of bark from a tree, an old tree. This is a little selection of some of my drawings from the last month or two:
Earth is calling – please RESPOND. I have just attended the Respond-festival (#respondfestival) arranged by IDA (Ingeniørforeningen) – a three-day festival/conference dedicated at discussing and showing how technology can help to overcome some of the future challenges of the earth (climate changes, loss of biodiversity, food production and more). It was truly amazing and I felt much more positive after seeing that many problems actually CAN be solved if we just use our creative, intellectual and cooperative skills. Looking forward to next year! And… there was free ice cream!
This animation was made in collaboration with Helene Halkjær Jensen from Aalborg University (MTO Group, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience) and descibes how mutations in the protein Calmodulin can cause arrhythmias (unstable heart rhythm) in patients.
Next in my series of spectacular brains was the Sperm Whale (or the nicer name KASKELOT, as its name is in danish and swedish). This intelligent predator has the largest brain of all species on earth. Not even the blue whale, which is the largest species on earth, can beat it (this is due to the fact that the sperm whale is a flock-living predator, whereas the blue whale is a baleen, solitary whale).