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Swimming pools, fireworks, Dragon drones and more in our look around the web

1. University of Tokyo’s Dragon Drone Transforms While Midair Calling the University of Tokyo’s new drone the Dragon doesn’t just reference its form, the name is also an acronym short for “Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON.” Composed of several small drones, powered by a pair of ducted fans that can thrust in almost any direction, the high-flyer can autonomously …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Medusa's makeover, an album stored in DNA, Michael Jackson's "impossible" dance move and more

1. Bill Gold’s Seminal Film Posters While many might not be immediately familiar with the name Bill Gold, his work will be recognizable to just about any film enthusiast. The creative passed away yesterday at 97 years old, but his artwork lives one in his countless seminal film posters. The mind behind iconic movie posters for legendary films like A Clockwork Orange, Casablanca, Barbarella, The …

Massive Attack Album to be Stored in DNA

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Massive Attack’s Mezzanine, the band has worked with scientists from ETH Zurich in order to preserve the record in DNA. Once it’s coded in DNA, the record could last up to thousands of years—yet the result cannot truly be seen with the naked eye. In order to store the 11-track record, the team believes they will need some “5,000 …

Tailoring Wine to Your DNA

Joining forces with Helix (which is backed by the world’s biggest DNA sequencing company), wine delivery service Vinome is claiming they will tailor your wines according to your genetic make-up. The Californian company will apparently choose “‘great wines that are perfectly paired to you’ based on an analysis of 10 genetic variants in your DNA, collected via saliva samples,” but several scientists and public health …

Dr Alexander Rich Dies at 90

Dr Alexander Rich, the first person to produce a distinct image of the double helix structure of RNA and DNA, has passed away at the age of 90. Rich was an award-winning researcher who was honored with the National Medal of Science—the highest scientific award given by the federal government—for his ground-breaking discoveries and contributions in the field of modern molecular biology. Read more about …