• Community Outreach Working Group
    This will be a monthly working group of people interested in helping us to do community outreach. For the first meeting some topics to cover will include: - setting up a teen mentoring system (we will need ideas and mentors) - setting up quarterly outreach to schools (make a list of schools to target) - which groups that are already doing this we can we reach out to - how can we support local bio and chem teachers? Teacher training or ideas? - how best to help teens get into STEM? - what science fairs and mini maker fairs can we exhibit at and who will staff? We believe as part of democtrotizing science that we cant just wait for people to come to us, we need to find ways to get out into the community. Join us!

    BioCurious Inc

    3060 Coronado Dr. Santa Clara CA · Santa Clara, CA

  • Bioprinter Community Project Night
    Come join our ongoing BioPrinter community project! Did you know you can print live cells from an inkjet printer? Companies like Organovo are developing ways to 3D print human tissues and organs. But the basic technologies are so accessible that we wanted to play around with them ourselves. We've built our own functioning bioprinter from a couple of old CD drives, an inkjet cartridge, and an Arduino. We probably won't be printing human organs any time soon, but how about printing a leaf from plant cells? Or add a BlueRay laser to turn it into a miniature laser cutter to print "lab-on-a-chip" microfluidic devices. The possibilities are endless - it all depends where *you* want to take it! Our community projects are open to anyone, and are driven entirely by whoever wants to show up and participate. This is a great opportunity to come check out BioCurious, and jump into some of the projects going on. This project has something for everyone, whether it's hardware hacking. programming, Arduinos, microfluidics, synthetic biology, plant biology, cell culturing, tissue engineering - you name it! Everyone has something to learn, or something to teach. Check out the progress we've made so far in our BioPrinter instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-BioPrinter/ We'll try to give a brief intro to the project at the start of the meeting for any new visitors. This is a hacking meeting, so bring your favorite tools: laptop, camera, soldering iron etc. Younger kids must be accompanied by an adult, thanks. The fee for this event is by donation. BioCurious exists because of memberships, donations, and volunteer contributions. Donations can be made via Paypal at [masked] . If you cannot join us in person, feel free to connect online: Please click this URL to start or join. https://zoom.us/j/820128495 Or, go to https://zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID:[masked] Or join from dial-in phone line: Dial: +1 (415)[masked] or +1 (646)[masked] Meeting ID:[masked]

    BioCurious

    3060 Coronado Dr · Santa Clara, CA

  • MultiSpecies Salon
    The Salon uses the term ‘posthuman’ to extend our perceptions of the human body both into the technological world and into the ecosystems we share with other entities. This definition creates an emergent ontology, a way to enable one’s mind to ‘become with’ other non-human perspectives. We use this term to traverse issues of ethics, social justice, social systems and trans-species communication this perceptually extended body brings about. In exploring such cross-species entanglements, we explore the places where the binary of culture and nature has broken down, where the relationships between humans and other entities create mutualism in shared ecologies. What framework do we use to describe these interactions, and what are the new possibilities that these spaces create? What do we discover when hierarchical, biological and cultural boundaries become fluid? What does human legacy look like if it is redefined to include pluralistic, cross-species success? We call on artists, experimenters, anthropologists, biologists, citizen-scientists and backyard inventors to explore new relationships between ecology, biology and technology. The Multispecies Symposium provides a platform for pundits from many fields to discuss, debate and share information. Artists and educators, anthropologists and biologists, will share space to expound upon themes ranging from flux ecology to inter-species relationships.

    BioCurious

    3060 Coronado Dr., · Santa Clara, CA

  • Kombucha Genomics Community Project
    Welcome to our new community project: Kombucha Genomics! For all you fermented foods lovers out there, this is the project for you. Over the course of the next couple months, we'll go through all the steps to isolate and identify a variety of bacterial and yeast strains from kombucha or other fermented foods (bring your own), starting with the basic culturing and progressing all the way through DNA barcoding, genome and microbiome sequencing, systems biology, synthetic biology, and more! Kombucha (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha) is a fermented tea with a very complex symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts (SCOBY) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCOBY), composed of dozens of different species. It's a health food; it's a tasty fizzy caffeinated beverage; it even makes vegan leather (http://www.ecouterre.com/u-k-designer-grows-an-entire-wardrobe-from-tea-fermenting-bacteria/) - what's not to like! We hope to run this project in collaboration with our friends at Counter Culture Labs and other community labs around the world. You can join us remotely over Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/820128495 Or, go to https://zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID:[masked] . Or to call in by phone, dial: +1 (415)[masked] or +1 (646)[masked] Meeting ID:[masked] Please bring yourself, a laptop or other internet enabled device to take notes and do research is always useful.

    BioCurious

    3060 Coronado Dr · Santa Clara, CA

  • Microfluidics: 'Lab on a Chip'
    This event was canceled.
  • Bioprinter Community Project Night
    This event was canceled.
  • Cuttle Wranglin': Studying RNA Editing of Dwarf Cuttlefish
    Every other Tuesday at 7:30pm Meetings will be hosted at Counter Culture Labs (CCL) and BioCurious. Cuttle Wranglin': Studying the RNA Editing capabilities of the dwarf cuttlefish This is an ongoing meeting of a group of citizen scientists that aim to dive deep into the genome of Sepia bandensis (dwarf cuttlefish). Our plan is to perform genome and transcriptome analysis of this species, ultimately leading to the identification of highly edited RNA transcripts. We hope to leave with a clear picture of experimental design but we hope to find a correlation between changing environmental conditions and RNA editing capabilities. For added fun, the edited proteins can be expressed and analyzed for structure and function! THIS COMMUNITY PROJECT IS OPEN TO: all community members seeking to dive deep into genome/transcriptome analysis. Attendees must be middle school aged or older. If you have bioinformatics or cuttle wranglin' experience or experience setting up and managing a reef tank, your participation would be greatly valued! Zoom Meeting info --> Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/484560210 Or iPhone one-tap : US: [masked],,[masked]# or [masked],,[masked]# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: [masked] or [masked] or [masked] Meeting ID:[masked] International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=venU-3adqsFd6cIg6DNMKc0nU8MYS4Y0

    BioCurious Inc

    3060 Coronado Dr. Santa Clara CA · Santa Clara, CA

  • Bioprinter Community Project Night
    Come join our ongoing BioPrinter community project! Did you know you can print live cells from an inkjet printer? Companies like Organovo are developing ways to 3D print human tissues and organs. But the basic technologies are so accessible that we wanted to play around with them ourselves. We've built our own functioning bioprinter from a couple of old CD drives, an inkjet cartridge, and an Arduino. We probably won't be printing human organs any time soon, but how about printing a leaf from plant cells? Or add a BlueRay laser to turn it into a miniature laser cutter to print "lab-on-a-chip" microfluidic devices. The possibilities are endless - it all depends where *you* want to take it! Our community projects are open to anyone, and are driven entirely by whoever wants to show up and participate. This is a great opportunity to come check out BioCurious, and jump into some of the projects going on. This project has something for everyone, whether it's hardware hacking. programming, Arduinos, microfluidics, synthetic biology, plant biology, cell culturing, tissue engineering - you name it! Everyone has something to learn, or something to teach. Check out the progress we've made so far in our BioPrinter instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-BioPrinter/ We'll try to give a brief intro to the project at the start of the meeting for any new visitors. This is a hacking meeting, so bring your favorite tools: laptop, camera, soldering iron etc. Younger kids must be accompanied by an adult, thanks. The fee for this event is by donation. BioCurious exists because of memberships, donations, and volunteer contributions. Donations can be made via Paypal at [masked] . If you cannot join us in person, feel free to connect online: Please click this URL to start or join. https://zoom.us/j/820128495 Or, go to https://zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID:[masked] Or join from dial-in phone line: Dial: +1 (415)[masked] or +1 (646)[masked] Meeting ID:[masked]

    BioCurious

    3060 Coronado Dr · Santa Clara, CA

  • Synthetic Biology, Biohacking and Cheese - Real Vegan Cheese team meeting
    The Real Vegan Cheese (https://realvegancheese.org/) project is an award-winning collaboration between BioCurious and our sister lab Counter Culture Labs (http://counterculturelabs.org) in Oakland, to make real cheese without using any animals! Real Vegan Cheese is a not a cheese substitute! It all starts with regular old baker's yeast. Through synthetic biology, we engineer our yeast to become milk-protein factories. Our milk proteins are then combined with water and vegan oil to make Vegan Milk which is ultimately converted into Real Vegan Cheese through standard cheese-making processes - just like cheese made from cow or goat milk! We're hoping to actually get work done in these meetings, so we will likely not give an extensive introduction to any newbies, but you're more than welcome to sit in and absorb some biohacking-in-action. We are meeting every other Monday, simultaneously at BioCurious and CCL, with a video link in between - feel free to come join us at whatever location works best for you, or log in online: Please click this URL to start or join. https://zoom.us/j/820128495 Or, go to https://zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID:[masked] Join from dial-in phone line: Dial: +1 (415)[masked] or +1 (646)[masked] Meeting ID:[masked]

    BioCurious Inc

    3060 Coronado Dr. Santa Clara CA · Santa Clara, CA

  • Kombucha Genomics Community Project
    Welcome to our new community project: Kombucha Genomics! For all you fermented foods lovers out there, this is the project for you. Over the course of the next couple months, we'll go through all the steps to isolate and identify a variety of bacterial and yeast strains from kombucha or other fermented foods (bring your own), starting with the basic culturing and progressing all the way through DNA barcoding, genome and microbiome sequencing, systems biology, synthetic biology, and more! Kombucha (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha) is a fermented tea with a very complex symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts (SCOBY) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCOBY), composed of dozens of different species. It's a health food; it's a tasty fizzy caffeinated beverage; it even makes vegan leather (http://www.ecouterre.com/u-k-designer-grows-an-entire-wardrobe-from-tea-fermenting-bacteria/) - what's not to like! We hope to run this project in collaboration with our friends at Counter Culture Labs and other community labs around the world. You can join us remotely over Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/820128495 Or, go to https://zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID:[masked] . Or to call in by phone, dial: +1 (415)[masked] or +1 (646)[masked] Meeting ID:[masked] Please bring yourself, a laptop or other internet enabled device to take notes and do research is always useful.

    BioCurious

    3060 Coronado Dr · Santa Clara, CA