Experiments in Inceptionism

July 3rd, 2015

Google has developed deep neural nets trained to classify the objects in images. Recently they developed a way to get these networks to ‘hallucinate’ objects not really present. And now they’ve put the code online so we can all play with it.

It looked pretty amazing, so I tried it with some of my photos.

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Bioluminescence chapter preprint

September 17th, 2014

The fantastic Ben Reeve and I have written a book chapter. It’s a review of the roles past, present and future, that bioluminescence may play in the growing field of synthetic biology.

How Synthetic Biology Will Reconsider Natural Bioluminescence and Its Applications is published in Bioluminescence: Fundamentals and Applications in Biotechnology this October. The book, and the chapter, are available to purchase from Springer.

If you prefer though, we are making a free preprint version available right here:

Click here for the PDF

OpenOrbital – a 3D printed orbital shaker

April 8th, 2014

A little while ago I needed, at short notice, an orbital shaker to go inside a cell culture incubator. OpenOrbital was the resulting prototype. It worked well until the expensive shaker the lab had ordered arrived.

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March 21st, 2014


Longhand is a quick experiment I hacked together when I realised that I haven’t written anything longer than a few paragraphs out by hand for the past three years. Writing by hand, when you can’t add a new sentence in the middle of what you have already written, is a completely different experience to typing. This demo aims to capture some of that experience electronically. (Chrome only)