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Archives for September, 2008

The lungs of the world

A new conservation international ad for the “lost there, felt here” campaign pays visual tribute to the Amazon’s nickname “lungs of the world.”

The way things go

The Way Things Go Peter Fischli and David Weiss, 1987 Hirshhorn Museum I went by the Hirshhorn a few weeks ago, and this was my favorite piece: a film depicting a slow-moving, low-budget Rube Goldberg apparatus built by artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss out of tires, candles, fuses, ramps, ladders, and random objects. I…

The Unfortunate Nature Cover?

Apparently this is the latest cover of Nature: No comment. . . seriously, I didn’t even think this was real, but I’ve seen it enough places now to think it probably is. Hilarious. update: forgot to mention it’s via stinque

Tomorrow may or may not be the first of the presidential debates between Obama and McCain. I’ll watch, although I find political debates really depressing, and not just because reality is a little bleak right now. I’m always frustrated at the level of the discourse. If a candidate goes where a president should be intellectually…

Ben Folds’ Brain

For some reason, Ben Folds has decided to make giant rotating skulls and brains part of his latest tour – this is the scene on stage last night in DC. There was a “brainwashing” theme in the first few songs, and I think that guided the choice of images, but darn, it was kinda weird!

Shelley Batts, Nick Anthis, and Tara Smith authored an article on science blogging which appeared yesterday in PLoS Biology. In their words, We propose a roadmap for turning blogs into institutional educational tools and present examples of successful collaborations that can serve as a model for such efforts. The article gives solid examples of how…

Robot Hand Slideshow

Shadow Hand Check out this slideshow of robot hands from Wired. It tracks the evolution of the hand from the first attempts to duplicate the functionality of a human hand, to integration of self-monitoring proprioceptive and sensory capabilities, to replicating the anatomical and physiological structure of the human hand – both in order to better…

Darwin’s Ghosts

Darwin’s Ghosts (older than dirt) Dan Kennedy, 2008 Artist Dan Kennedy‘s new show, “Darwin’s Ghosts,” is opening next weekend at the Shooting Gallery Gallery Three in San Francisco. Kennedy’s work is like spun candy: colorful cartoon figures; Seuss-like, rainbow-tufted plants; floating phrases; ribbons and fireworks. A smattering of vintage fonts give the pieces the flavor…

A stillness of stones

When was the last time you coveted something, but let prudence prevent self-indulgence – to your later regret? This summer I was gallery-hopping on Martha’s Vineyard when I saw these wonderful stone neckpieces by artist Andrea Williams. I really, really wanted the round Kyuma Pendant, a smooth black tumbled stone cut in half and then…

Submit to OpenLab 2008!

For the past two years, Scibling Bora has shepherded the creation of an anthology sampling the best of science blogging, called The Open Laboratory. Blog posts written since December 20, 2007 are eligible for consideration; you can nominate your own posts, as well as posts by other bloggers. The rules are here. My first nominee?…