bioephemera

Archives for August, 2009

Flowerbots

H. annuus Macoto Murayama Nanobots? Alien spaceships? A scene from TRON? No, it’s illustrator Macoto Muriyama’s delicate diagrams of flower structure. Muriyama says, Generally, a plant is considered to be a being that has an organic form. However, that is just one of the aspects because along with their organic form, a plant possesses a…

I read Scibling Jonah Lehrer’s How We Decide some time ago, but Moveable Type ate my half-finished review, and it’s taken me until now to get back to it. You may have seen quite a few reviews elsewhere by now – Adam Kepecs reviewed it for Nature back in April, and to make a long…

Chris Gilmore’s Cardboard Art

BIKES cardboard and glue, life size Chris Gilmore, 2003 I’ve been unpacking after the move, which means I’m surrounded by piles of cardboard boxes that need to be broken down and recycled. I wish I had Chris Gilmore’s skill with cardboard! He sculpts machines and mechanisms, from Fiats to typewriters, entirely in quotidian corrugated cardboard…

Wait! Where’s the frying pan?

Photographer: Rudy Huhold Agency: Artplan Apparently package delivery service Sedex Express is quite similar to. . . your brain on drugs. Hmmmm. Via fubiz

Like today’s Google Doodle?

It commemorates Hans Christian Ørsted, who discovered the relationship between electricity and magenetism. Re-enact Ørsted’s experiment here. But what about that other Hans Christian, Hans Christian Andersen? Here’s what the Guardian had to say: “while there’s nothing wrong with fairy stories, they haven’t contributed much to the development of electric motors.” Ouch! 🙂

Consider yourself a medium hog

How NOT to practice medicine – no matter how bad the health care situation gets: Benson has no medical degree. His expertise comes from his youth, which was spent on a farm in Indiana. “When one of us needed medical attention,” he told me, “we dipped into our veterinary supplies.” According to Benson, many pharmaceuticals…

Shadow of a blackbird

Artist Emmanuel Polanco does amazing collage work reminiscent of Eduardo Recife. I especially like this piece, but he has several more with more overt vintage-science content. See a gallery at Fubiz.

I missed a few weeks of Jon Stewart while we didn’t have cable, so many thanks to David Bruggeman for pointing out this awesome Daily Show clip of scientists failing to communicate. I’m still chortling. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c

We’re melting

Japanese artist Kawano Takeshi’s 2007 rendition of global warming is simple, a little funny, and a lot sad. For another version of the same theme – using a real child’s toy – check out Ours (the Bear), a video by French artist Simon Dronet. I’ll try to embed it, but the link’s wonky, so you…

Remember the first time you learned sterile technique, or how to make a bacterial spreader, or how to blow up a distillation apparatus? Well, now you can relive the disorientation and anxiety nostalgic fuzzy feeling with benchfly.com, a site that offers video tutorials on various lab tasks, like making a bacterial spreader using a glass…