Discover article

From: Marshall Burns (
Date: Fri Jun 19 1998 - 18:28:50 EEST

Dear RP-List,

    This month's Discover magazine has an excellent article on the work
of Mike Bailey at the University of California at San Diego using an LOM
fabricator to make scentific models of anything from a protein molecule
to a mountain range.

    One fantastic story in the article tells of a researcher who studied
the structure of a particlular virus protein for 15 years. He thought he
really understood this molecule, and who wouldn't after 15 years? But
then he gave some data to Bailey who made a few LOM models of the
molecule and the scientist immediately discovered geometrical linkages
in the molecule that had never occured to him from studying computer
visualizations or data analyses. Imagine that: One set of fabbed models
were better than 15 years of study for understanding this complex
geometry! It's a beautiful case study.

Marshall Burns

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