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Life Inside a Cell 79

Roland Piquepaille writes "Harvard University has decided to use animations as a tool to enhance the performance of its students in biology. And it selected XVIVO's animation studio to take Harvard University students on a 3D journey. Among other realizations, the company delivered an eight minute animation titled 'The Inner Life of the Cell,' which was presented at Siggraph 2006 in a condensed form. This extraordinary animation explores 'the mechanisms that allow a white blood cell to sense its surroundings and respond to an external stimulus.' Harvard University expects a performance improvement of its biology students of almost 30% by using such visualization tools."
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  • Re:AAARRRG! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Bromskloss ( 750445 ) <auxiliary.addres ... y@ g m a i> on Saturday September 02, 2006 @01:30PM (#16030082)
    Why won't they they release fucking Flash 9 for Linux? Grrrrrr
    It would be no problem if people could just stop using flash things on their web pages. An Ogg Theora would be perfectly fine with me.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 02, 2006 @02:38PM (#16030277)
    I am teaching at a larger university in Cambridge as well as at local highschools once in a while. Over time is has turned out that the most powerful tool for teaching geography is Google Earth and some my collegues who are teaching history are saying that their best tool has proven the History Channel, not books.
  • by Two99Point80 ( 542678 ) on Saturday September 02, 2006 @03:03PM (#16030365) Homepage
    I am a little surprised that there are enough students in an Ivy League school having a problem understanding undergraduate biology principles to constitute making a video for them.

    This would be very useful for those of us whose learning mode is primarily visual. It is possible to read a description of something and recognize it as parseable without really "getting" it, then see the same information in visual form and have the "AHA!" of grasping the concept.

    Keep in mind that advances such as the double-helix structure of DNA came to their discoverers in visual form, not verbal descriptions...

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