3-d surface

April 11, 2006 at 4:31 pm | | cool results, everyday science, single molecules, software

A fellow labmember showed me how to use MatLab to make a 3-dimensional surface from an image of single fluorescent molecules, where z is the intensity. Here’s a taste. I converted this:

into this:

The funny thing is that the pretty image is only that: it actually contains less information than the 2-d grayscale image, becuase it needed smoothing and convolving with Gaussians to make it look so nice. But that kinda shit brings in the big $$.

xp in an apple anyone?

April 5, 2006 at 12:14 pm | | nerd, news, software

Apple announced that they’re going to offer a program that lets Windows be installed on their machines. Crazy! I never thought that would happen. I know there are already programs that let you do this, but now Apple is offering the program, called Boot Camp, itself. It’s official.

orbecular candy?

March 27, 2006 at 2:35 pm | | cool results, everyday science, software

Doesn’t this look like some kind of molecular lolly-pop material candy?
So I don’t really get any interesting info from this result, but Gaussian can really make some pretty pictures … that take a long time to make.

This is DCDHF-2V optimized using BLYP/6-31G(d). I’m displaying the HOMO orbitals.

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