bioephemera

Archives for October, 2008

Images from a Thai ad campaign for Black & Decker lawnmowers! Yikes. While I appreciate the sharpness of any blade that could slice such a clean, anatomically elegant cross-section through a living snake, I have to also say “eeeuw.” Poor critters! Unfortunately, industrial harvesters do chop up lizards and snakes, although less surgically than this.…

Today I encountered yet another example of the misleading language I see all too frequently in coverage of science news. I was browsing a health newsletter (the “Pink Sheet”) when I saw this: NeuroSearch pill doubles weight loss, study finds A Phase II trial of tesofensine found that the drug caused about 10% more weight…

The da Vinci epitope

Artist Julian Voss-Andrae created this metal sculpture, Angel of the West, which evokes da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. The molecule is probably instantly recognizable to many of you as an antibody: The sculpture plays on the striking similarity of both proportion and function of the antibody molecule and the human body. A representation of the antibody…

Treehugger (detail) Alex Pardee They’re partying it up in SF tonight to celebrate the release of Alex Pardee’s new “cinematic clothing” line, Night of the Treeple. Check out the preview gallery of sinister forest brethren at Juxtapoz. Note: the mythology Pardee created for this line is yet another typical scenario involving faceless government scientists (in…

More Chris Berens

Lady of the Dawn (detail) Chris Berens “I’m not a real painter or an artist. I don’t consider myself that. There are some images – a lot of images – I want to show. And for now painting is the way to do that.” – Chris Berens Perfectly timed to follow my post about Chris…

Who’s migratory now?

“Migration” Doug Aitken Last year, on a brisk, cool day much like today, I was jogging near the National Zoo when I noticed a good-sized young deer ambling out of the Zoo, toward a busy road only a few carlengths away. Two passersby were frozen on the path; they could clearly foresee the pending disaster,…

Oh, come on!

This receipt from CVS was over three feet long! I purchased exactly one item. How is this monstrous scroll of paper remotely necessary to document it? It’s no wonder the world has conservation problems. . .

No, it’s not digital. Really.

Beast Chris Berens, 2007 Via the excellent art blog Erratic Phenomena, I discovered the work of Dutch painter Chris Berens. Actually, “discovered” is the wrong word; I’d glimpsed his work before, but never had a chance to discover the artist behind these warped-yet-graceful paintings, which appear so deceptively close to digital art – but aren’t…

On Friday, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a “report card” on media practices and scientific speech in federal agencies. According to UCS, Both good policy and good practice in the communication of scientific results to the media are achievable goals for federal agencies. Yet there is no consistency among agency policies, and the ability…

Dance Your Science

“Refitting repasts: a spatial exploration of food processing, sharing, cooking, and disposal at the Dunefield Midden campsite, South Africa.” Brian Stewart and Giulia Saltini-Semerari Science If you couldn’t stop twitching your pipetman to the crazy Euro-molecule party a couple posts back, or that anthropomorphic Orangina ad, or the Eppendorf boy band, you may have what…