Despite the challenging year, the website recently went live! I hope people enjoy the new visuals and I’m happy to have contributed to the PostdocNet 🙂
This is a bryozoan embryo exhibiting its blastopore. These animals are discreet but ubiquitous in oceans and lakes all over the world.
What we see is the DNA inside the nucleus of the cells of the embryo. The color gradient indicates if the nuclei are closer (yellow) or further away (purple) from the microscope camera.
The embryonic cells are arranged in a circle and form a central opening that we call the blastopore. This opening, in bryozoans, will become the mouth of the animal after the embryo develops.
What about our mouth, where does it come from?
Some time ago I found this guide to convert videos to high-quality animated GIFs using the tool FFmpeg. The trick is to generate a color palette based on the original video to improve the color quality of the GIF. Based on this guide I created a small bash script to make my life easier and perhaps yours too 😉
Check it in https://github.com/nelas/gif.sh
Live footage of entoprocts! Tiny colonial invertebrates that capture food with a crown of ciliated tentacles
The network is relatively recent, only founded in 2019, but has already put forward important proposals to improve the working conditions and career development of postdocs.
A few months ago they contacted me to help re-design their logo and website to better represent the identity of the organization. Since I enjoy creating websites and I’m sympathetic to the mission (disclaimer: I’m a postdoc) – I accepted the challenge 🙂
After some rounds of feedback from the PostdocNet working groups, the final version of the logo is finally here:
You can read more about the story behind it here.
Now the website is next…
A short video that I made about the embryonic development of the likeable Drosophila, also known as fruit fly or vinegar fly, won an honorable mention in the Small World in Motion.
The details on the techniques I used and the video on its full resolution are available for download and re-use on the Wikimedia Commons.