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Archives for February, 2008

AAAS Update: Drunks with Lamp-Posts

Well, the 2008 AAAS Annual Meeting here in Boston was fun! I didn’t expect that. I’m not a huge fan of scientific conferences because I have an extremely short attention span. And I haven’t been blogging a lot – I’d rather just enjoy the frenzy. I’ve been averaging 4.5 hours of sleep a night, to…

Golden Age of Scientific Computing Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute In a Friday session at the AAAS conference here in Boston, Dr. Chris Johnson of Utah’s Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute showed this short video encapsulating some of his team’s striking 3D imaging innovations. He also made what I think is a very important point:…

I’m at the AAAS meeting in Boston – sitting in an excellent session on the history of scientific visualization with Felice Frankel and Michael Friendly. Hopefully I’ll be blogging from the convention center all weekend, assuming I can find the time. Update: I’m now in a fabulous session entitled “strengthening science through the 2009 presidential…

God is more than a flying brain

Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam From Paluzzi et al., Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 2007 For a few years, Nature Reviews Neuroscience stuck to a humorous theme in its cover art: everyday objects that mimic brains. A dandelion, spilled wine, a rock, a cave painting: if you know what features to look for, a…

The Mona Lisa, Genes, and Money

One of the questions an artist hates most is what is your artwork worth? Price is a subjective, unsatisfactory proxy for emotional angst, frustration, eyestrain, and time. Sometimes I find that NO (reasonable) value can compensate for the emotional investment I’ve made – in which case I either keep the thing myself, give it away,…

Sunday at the Zoo

Artist unknown (National Zoo) Today I visited the Invertebrate House at the National Zoo, where I saw this remarkable churning, twisting portrait of an octopus. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the name of the artist. The painting looks like acrylic or oil, and is about six feet tall – very impressive, but not as…

Vocabularice

I finally got around to visiting freerice.com, a vocabulary game that lets you “win” donations of rice for needy countries. (Yes, it’s like the SAT, but some of us find that kind of thing fun.) The words start off easy, but ramp up to a pleasing level of difficulty; I played for about ten minutes…

Plant Love

Tragopogon pratensis Edvard Koinberg Herbarium Amoris Through March 16, the House of Sweden in Washington, DC, is hosting a collection of luminous botanical photographs by Edvard Koinberg. The exhibition, “Herbarium Amoris,” is a tribute to Swedish-born systematist Carl Linnaeus, whose innovative classification of plants – by the number and gender of their sexual organs –…

Moving Day

Friends, readers, and new Sciblings: bioephemera has moved to a new home here at Scienceblogs! I’m happy to be here with so many bloggers I respect. And it gives me warm fuzzies to know they invited me to join them because. . . well. . . probably because they didn’t have any blogs starting with…