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Announcing ArkFab's First Working Paper : Thermodynamics and Poker

There's a more technically oriented discussion at TopOc

The current version of the paper can be found here.

Ocean Acidification: A Short Video

At a local community center, ArkFab gives a short talk and chemistry demonstration about the environmental chemistry of carbon dioxide.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LJFTDHLQyk

DIY Spectro

UPDATE: This project has been lifted out of the stone age and into the information age, with Arduino/Python based automation. Check out DIY Spectro II!
For the last while I have been concentrating on a project: developing an easily built spectrophotometer for low budget and DIY laboratories.

Hackspace Research Update

Since 2007 there has been a radical growth in the application and reach of hacker culture. No longer limited to the computer underground, principles of the hacker ethic now pervade contemporary corporate software development and the backbone one of the world's largest economic infrastucture, the internet. This comes as no surprise because many experts and leading professionals in the field of computer science are also leaders of the hacker subculture.

Why techno-social intervention?

The tools of biotechnology have been used for the past three decades
within a very limited socio-economic regime. The logic of innovation
and competition within venture capitalism commodifies and privatizes
humanity's common genetic resources placing control of vast industries
like agriculture and medicines in the hands of the few. Companies in
this environment innovate new technological interventions to increase
market share and profit and in doing so often degrade our commons and

ArkFab BioLab

Two weeks ago we received our first micro-investment for a biotech spin-off. Liam and his business partner, Jonathan Tescher, will be launching a mushroom business, Imperial Mushrooms, out of the ArkFab BioLab. The BioLab build-out is currently underway and will be the first of our collective's laboratories. We envision producing mushroom spawn, yeast cultures for brew not bombs (BNB), cheese for the local dairy coop, rhizopus for FNB tempeh, public health bioassays, and in the future algae and kombucha bioreactors and other commons biocultures.

The Edgewood ArkFab House

ArkFab is now operational. We have a location and several projects underway. Last week Liam moved into the ArkFab house located in the Edgewood neighborhood of East Atlanta. He is excited to join the collective house started by Iuval Clejan and Dav Frayne.

Marshall Forest Preserve & Soil Proteomics

a cricket on an Amanita caesarea

ArkFab Collective

The ArkFab Collective is an inter-disciplinary worker cooperative that uses biology to make healthy cities and useful technologies.

US Food Bill, SB510, Threatens Local Food Sovereignty

Make small local producers of food criminals and deregulate the industrial food system. Make seed savers the source of contamination and deregulate the GM seed industry. Senate Bill 510 threatens local food sovereignty by putting all farms and food under the administration of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.