2. jul. 2003

The first pixel

The first pixels ever made"It's been fifty years since Albert Watson and Francis Crick (with the under-appreciated assistance of Rosalind Franklin) deduced the structure of DNA in a laboratory in Cambridge, England. The recent anniversary of their achievement, which arrived conveniently close to the beginning of the 21st century, sent the media into an orgasm of hyperbole. "The biological century is upon us," intoned one representative newsmagazine. "Expect miracles." Now another anniversary is approaching, which, no less than the discovery of the double helix, has profoundly changed how we see the world and ourselves. This one probably won't attract the hype or hyperbole of DNA's semi-centennial, but it should. Next year, the pixel is turning fifty." [via BB]