While big data is being used to grab headlines, feed epidemiological models and predict the future, individual citizen scientists are quietly using wearable technologies to track their own symptoms, monitor their health and gain insight into themselves. Open Humans is building bridges and ladders through this growing mass of self-research data.
Published 22 May 2020 by Cherise Fong
If JOGL’s OpenCovid19 Initiative came out of a crisis, the collaborations that are forming among its members prove that this online platform is much more than a flash mob. What does the data say?
Published 5 May 2020 by Cherise Fong
JOGL, a global platform for collaborating on open source biotech projects, recently launched a series of micro-grants for projects directly tackling the Covid-19 crisis.
Published 20 April 2020
On April 12, the Contemporary Culture Lab (C-LAB) in Taipei launched a series of DIY anti-virus workshops for all ages, the first of which focused on transforming a Micro:bit micro-computer into an infrared thermometer.
Published 9 April 2020
In Tokyo, biohacker Shingo Hisakawa is converting his NinjaPCR open source thermal cycler into a real-time DNA amplifier, which could test for the coronavirus Covid-19.
Published 7 April 2020 by Cherise Fong
As Oki Wonder Lab gleefully camps out in Okinawa, most Hackterians are stuck indoors. An online KitchenLab hosted live from Helsinki offered an entertaining glimpse of localized baking, while other experiments are fermenting and distilling across the global network.
Published 6 April 2020
Akiba and his Hackerfarm team have developed an open source system for sterilizing and decontaminating masks or other objects using ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI).
Published 30 March 2020 by Cherise Fong
Oki Wonder Lab just may be the most remote un-disciplinary DIYbio camp going on in the world right now. Hackteria’s latest event is currently taking place in Okinawa.
Published 19 December 2019 by Cherise Fong
Nine years after the tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan, a team of women in Ishinomaki are upcycling shards of broken pottery into pieces of jewelry that are sold around the world.
Published 18 November 2019 by Cherise Fong
Finnish artist Emilia Tikka designs fictions where biotechnologies are used to modify the human genome. Her film “Legacy” was directly influenced by amonthlong research residency in Japan.
Published 10 October 2019 by Cherise Fong
As the first Japanese man to be certified in India to practice Ayurveda, Hiroo Komine has more recently expanded his scope of interest to biohacking. Makery met him at Dinacon in Panama.
Published 10 September 2019 by Cherise Fong
The second edition of Dinacon concluded in Gamboa, Panama, after four very full weeks of August at the intersection of excursions into nature and experimental art-techno projects.
Published 28 August 2019 by Cherise Fong
Following its first three weeks of creative activities and jungle adventures, this year’s Dinacon camp exhibited a cross-section of experimental projects in progress.
Published 5 August 2019 by Cherise Fong
A new exhibition in Tokyo spotlights the woolly mammoth—its genealogy, its fossils, its genome, its de-extinction. Panorama of the issues surrounding this extinct species of the Pleistocene.
Published 30 June 2019 by Cherise Fong
Ahead of the 2nd Digital Naturalism Conference in Gamboa, Panama in August 2019, Makery spoke with instigator Andy Quitmeyer about the origins of Dinacon, Dinalab and the whole DiNa movement.
Published 18 June 2019 by Cherise Fong
Gathered for a day at Tama Art University in Tokyo, seven professors and researchers in arts and sciences shared their perspectives on life, from biosemiotics to extraterrestrial agents.
Published 19 May 2019 by Cherise Fong
This year, the radically self-reliant Black Rock City in the Nevada desert will face a new challenge: top-down, tone-deaf intervention. Yet, inner passion still prevails in the voices of Burning Man past and present.
Published 23 April 2019 by Cherise Fong
The Ecuadorian Mashpi bioreserve reconciles luxury ecotourism, natural conservation and local ecology. An exemplary project in an extraordinary location. Makery went on site.
Published 12 February 2019 by Cherise Fong
How has life been in the prehistoric paradise since the arrival of the human species?
Published 24 December 2018 by Cherise Fong
In Tokyo, a small startup is preparing a dazzling spectacle of shooting stars to launch above western Japan in spring 2020. Makery visited ALE a few weeks before it launches its first satellite into orbit.