Science and Art
SCIENCE AND BEYOND What we mean is that we actually care. Many times we have been asked about our tagline. Well, we never thought about it as such a thing. It was a natural description of our views and ways in business and life. We love science, we listen to our clients' demands and try to make better products. We want to keep on going and for this reason we need to sell and in order to sell we need happy customers. But we also have a life. And the nice thing is that there are many crossroads in both our personal and business lives. We thrive every time we see technological developments that will make the earth a better place. Because all the work is about having a better life, right? We love science. But we also love art, music, sports... and when these worlds merge we feel like everything makes sense. We are all about science, innovation, technology, low temperature equipment... but we are more than that. We are Z.
You know how much we love experimenting. You also know how much we love art, cold and Canada. Well, we found this amazing picture of talented photographer Michael Davies. It was taken around 12 miles from the arctic circle in northern Ontario. With temperature around -35ºC (-31ºF) he captured the instant freezing of some hot tea leftovers in an spectacular way. We found this at IFLScience, which is a very neat blog about science. Check it out. Enjoy the New Year! Z.
Not many companies are successful when trying to blend the scientific and artistic worlds together. We believe arts in general give meaning to anyone's life. We also believe science should be a platform to make meaning. At Z-SC1 that's our reason to keep going. There is one company which we applaud for their continuous efforts to keep these two worlds blending: Nikon. One of our firsts posts in June 2014 presented amazing microscopic images and videos. The images were taking from that year's 'Small World Photomicrography Competition'. This is an international event held by Nikon since the year 1975. Since then, the competition has become a showcase for talented photomicrographers in diverse scientific disciplines. A photomicrograph is a technical document that can be of great significance to science or industry. But a good photomicrograph is also an image whose structure, color, composition, and content is an object of beauty, open to several levels of comprehension and appreciation. We want to share with you our favourite images from this year's contest. Among them, the 1st place which was awarded to Ralph Grimm from Queensland, Australia with his submission: Eye of a honey bee (Apis mellifera) covered in dandelion pollen (120x). We hope you enjoy! Z. Ralph Claus Grimm Jimboomba, Queensland, Australia Subject Matter: Eye of a honey bee (Apis mellifera) covered in dandelion pollen (120x) Ian Gardiner - 10th PlaceCalgary, Alberta, CanadaSubject Matter:Clam shrimp (Cyzicus mexicanus), live specimen (25x) Dr. Richard Kirby - 19th PlaceMarine Biological AssociationPlymouth, United KingdomSubject Matter:Planktonic larva of a horseshoe worm (phoronid) (450x) Rogelio Moreno - 11th PlacePanama, PanamaSubject Matter:Fern sorus at varying levels of maturity (20x) Dr. Reto Fiolka - Honorable MentionDepartment of Cell BiologyDallas, Texas, USASubject Matter:Mitochondria in a live HeLa cancer cell (63x) Dr. Igor Siwanowicz - 3rd PlaceHoward Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)Janelia Farm Research Campus, Leonardo LabAshburn, Virginia, USASubject Matter:Intake of a humped bladderwort (Utricularia gibba), a freshwater carnivorous plant (100x) Daniel H Miller and Ethan Sokol - 4th placeWhitehead Institute for Biomedical ResearchDepartment of BiologyCambridge, Massachusetts, USASubject Matter:Lab-grown human mammary gland organoid (100x) Henri Koskinen - 6th Place
VACCINE REFRIGERATOR VIDEO & RELEVANT NEWS The vaccination season is approaching for the northern hemisphere. To keep up, we came out with a video showcasing our vaccine fridges and we also wanted, in a way to 'time stamp' it, to share with you some interesting news about the industry. We hope you enjoy it. Z-SC1 VACCINE REFIGERATOR'S NEW VIDEO Preventing the Next Ebola Outbreak FDA approves new injectable drug to treat schizophrenia Sanofi Aims to Grow Productivity at French Plants with Longer Hours, Layoffs VACCINE REFRIGERATOR: PEACE OF MIND BY Z-SC1 AGAIN. CONFIGURE AND QUOTE:
Challenges are fun. They encourage us to deliver. Living in a 'challenge-oriented' philosophy will lead to a culture of experimentation in which we are requested to present the results which will sometimes lead to great ideas or bold failures. But then you get the chance to have a new challenge and experiment again, push your limits and in the end, grow. It doesn't matter if you win or loose a challenge. What matters is to deliver. When you learn to deliver without postponing you will understand that major achievements come from doing. Failing or winning will just show you what to do more and what to do less. We want to share a couple of challenges: 1. Maxim & Katia Mezentsev created this beautiful video of freezing nature. Some challenges do not come from elsewhere but from our necessity of moving away from the status quo. These kind of challenges will help you build your identity, your character. We love this video because, like we do, it thrives with the fact of an object in the freezing process. It's worth the look, the video lasts less than one minute and it was selected as a 'Vimeo Staff Picked'. Frozen from kveten on Vimeo. 2. The second challenge was one that our CEO, Jean Fallacara, decided to take : 'RECOVERY TESTING from a 2min Door Opening'. He was very pleased when he received the results from the engineering team. Please read the post he wrote about it here. Challenges make us grow and define ourselves. We will continue delivering nice challenges we stumble upon with. We hope you enjoy as much as we do.
From the project Macro - Part II by Romuald Chaigneu During the month of February in Montreal, when you watch out the window, the prettier it looks, the colder it is. Today the sky is bluer than ever and the temperature outside is -23ºC that feels like -36ºC with the wind factor. We are not only used to extreme low temperatures, we are used to bring the nice and positive things out of them. We’re good at it. Today, we want to share with you these beautiful images by french photographer Romuald Chaigneau from his project “Macro” - A Cold Winter Morning. They show beautiful details of frozen nature on a cold winter morning. Macro Freezing photography: Our World is Beautiful! Just like us, he brought up something enjoyable out of a frozen environment. From the project Macro - Part II by Romuald Chaigneu
Or are they plain scientific images? Definitely not plain. What would art be if not strongly paired with science? They are always catching with each other and providing us with stunning content. Technology is always helping scientist and artists push their boundaries. This time, we would like to present a couple of images (videos) made with confocal microscopy. Any resemblance with video art is pure coincidence. The first, a beautiful video showing the metaphase, probably the most recognizable phase of mitosis, thanks to the technology advances provided this time by Nikon. This images were made with a C1si/TE2000 laser scanning confocal microscopy and belong to Nikon's MicroscopyU. MITOSIS MICROSCOPIC VIDEO The second is a video animation created with a LEICA LAS AF 3 3D by Dr. Masahiro Fukuda, Prof. Haruo Kasai, Center for Disease Biology and Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan: excitatory pyramidal neurons in Layer 5 partly express EYFP. Watch it here. Amazing products are there for people to thrive and created by companies that can understand those people.