By Daily Bruin Staff
January 27, 2003 9:00 pm
Interactive art demonstration to be shown
The “[email protected]: nanodreams and nightmares”
demonstration will be presented to the public this Wednesday, Jan.
29 on the exterior wall of Young Hall in the UCLA Court of
The demonstration is a collaborative art and science project in
which a viewer stands in front of a tonal projection casting a
larger-than-life shadow that activates the software nano-molecules.
The molecules respond via sensors to the movement of the
viewer’s shadow, changing shape and direction as the viewer’s
The project was created by Victoria Vesna, media artist and
chair of UCLA’s Department of Design | Media Arts, and
nanoscientist James Gimzewski, a professor in UCLA’s
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
The demonstration will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UCLA
Court of Sciences (between the Geology Building and Young
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New cancer drugs may be made from natural plants,
UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center is testing the
cancer-fighting power of herbs and natural compounds to determine
how effective they are at fighting malignancies.
The study is funded with a $1.1 million gift and will explore
scientific principles to develop anti-tumor medications from plant
life and natural compounds that have yet to be tested as
cancer-fighters, according to the Jonsson Cancer Center.
If proven to be effective, the center believes the natural
plants and compounds could replace chemotherapies and other more
toxic forms of treatment.
Some of the natural compounds include shark liver oil, soy and a
Native American healing plant.
Briefs compiled from Daily Bruin wire reports and staff.