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Archives for October, 2008

Eyeball it!

I can’t freehand a parallelogram to save my life, but I can bisect an angle with the best of ‘em! Woohoo! How good are you at eyeballing geometry? Test yourself with this game. It’s addictive, although your eyes will tire quickly if you have an inferior monitor. And at the end, it gives you a…

stag beetle Albrecht Durer source … But life in nature manifests the truth of these things…. Therefore observe it diligently, go by it and do not depart from nature arbitrarily, imagining to find the better by thyself, for thou wouldst be misled. For, verily, “art” is embedded in nature; he who can extract it has…

Blog-Tasting: A Fall Flight of Five

I was meme-tagged a while ago by Thomas at Medical Museion, and I never got around to responding, because I was incapacited by indecision! The meme (which originated with Arte y Pico) requires that I recommend five inspiring blogs to my readers. That’s harder than it sounds – there are so many more than five…

SEED endorses Obama

The Editors of SEED just officially endorsed Barack Obama: Science is a way of governing, not just something to be governed. Science offers a methodology and philosophy rooted in evidence, kept in check by persistent inquiry, and bounded by the constraints of a self-critical and rigorous method. Science is a lens through which we can…

De prospectiva pingendi, Book 3, figure lxiv Piero della Francesca (c 1412-92) This month’s Lancet has an interesting article by G.D. Schott, linking Piero della Francesca‘s pioneering orthographic projections to technologies like fMRI: In the neurosciences today, images of the brain and its constituent structures are typically presented in the triadic orthogonal format, comprising coronal,…

Mystery Image #1

Care to guess what this is? A. a dragonfly wing. B. a solar panel array. C. winter fields in the mountains of Thailand. D. a gecko foot. E. the award-winning roof of a new modern art museum in Seattle. Answer below the fold. . .

Amazingly, it’s already the last week of the DonorsChoose fundraising drive! SEED has generously kicked in matching funds for each blogger, which enabled me to contribute to several more projects – but we only have a total of $1,026 so far. That’s much less than Chad is getting for promising to dance like a monkey.…

Tentacles with Synthetic Flowers Liz Wolfe, 2004 Liz Wolfe mixes sugar, spice, and everything nice with snakes, snails, and lots of raw meat. Her gallery is like a garden party from twisted suburbia, where cupcakes are topped with screws, cakes bleed, and floors are paved with ham. You may never eat candy again. Thanks to…

Quantum of confusion

Robert Crease observes at Physicsworld that the upcoming James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, is only one of many instances – some inaccurate or misleading – of “quantum” in our cultural discourse. To explain the ubiquity of the word, Crease invokes James Clerk Maxwell’s observation that “the most absurd opinions may become current, provided they…

Catching up on the announcement of the 2008 Nikon Small World contest winners, here’s sixth place winner Klaus Bolte’s stereomicrograph of a microleaf beetle (Chrysolina fastuosa). While you might think you’ve seen this kind of beetle before, pinned prettily in glass collection boxes, you’d be wrong – the silver disc behind the beetle is a…