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May 19, 2013 by allsho

Sorry for being silent these past few days.

Work has been hectic, as a project I was working on and that was frozen suddenly got defrosted, as I have to prepare a seminar for tomorrow, and as in a week I’ll be flying back to Barcelona to show my results.

So here’s an image, not really a photograph, but the closest thing to it I can conjure right now.

As you are most likely to have no idea what this is, well, the green and the red things are just the same thing seen in two different instants. And the thing they both are is a protein. So the real dimension of the image shown is about five billionths of a meter in each direction, and the time difference between the red and the green frames is about twenty billionths of a second. This is not real, anyway, it’s just a CG model of the protein, used to simulate its dynamics. In fact, only the so-called backbone of the protein is represented (plus the atoms of a special part called “haem cofactor”), whereas all the atoms are not visible. The backbone is drawn using a particular type of graphic treatment that was invented by Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar and present president of Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios. And this is the kind of creatures I deal with these days…

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