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Archives for September, 2009

What You’re Made Of

What You’re Made Of (ABS) Jason Freeny, 2009 Anatomy teachers: this would be an awesome quiz for your students, wouldn’t it? Jason Freeny is the digital artist behind Balloon Animal anatomy, Gummi Bear anatomy, and the dissected Gingerbread Man. Visit his site to see more! Via SheWalksSoftly.

The Art of Dictionaries

Every time I move to a new home, I try really hard to get rid of all my extra stuff – or at least to put it in storage. But when it comes to books, I have no willpower. Regarding my ten-pound, 6-inch-wide, half-unbound early-twentieth century Funk & Wagnall’s dictionary, there wasn’t even a question:…

Writing a dissertation is rarely fun. Most scientists I know look back on grad school as, well, a circle of Hell. But it’s interesting when AAAS, the professional organization of scientists, endorses this viewpoint – as they appear to do in this T-shirt, which comes free with membership. Come on, kids! Show everyone how you…

Artist Liz Hickok makes your Friday complete with a Jell-O San Francisco, from this jiggly Palace of Fine Arts to a melting Marina. Melding the blurry, children’s book perspective of tilt-shift photography with the saturated, translucent colors that define the California dream, Hickok has hit on something remarkably luscious (and fruit-flavored). Hickok says, I create…

It’s a Toy World After All

football game pattagon’s flickrstream Inspiredology offers 40 tilt-shift images of urban landscapes. Some of them are truly hard to credit with reality. They’re certainly better than my attempts at faux tilt-shift! Previously on BioE: Alan Dragulin’s toyscapes.

Last week, 3QuarksDaily quoted Shane Austen with this list of “sexual assault prevention tips guaranteed to work”. It reads in part, 5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON’T ASSAULT THEM! 6. Remember, people go to laundry to do their laundry, do not attempt to molest someone who is alone…

Consumerist.com is concerned about these Singaporean Play-Doh ads: Ummm, well, hmmm. That’s kind of creepy, isn’t it? According to the Consumerist, These Play Doh ads from Singapore don’t seem to be aimed at kids. Then again, the message “safe no matter what you make” seems to be aimed directly at parents of kids who play…

Goth bio geek fashion alert

On how many chilly fall days have you woken up and thought to yourself, “it’s too cold for bare legs and too warm for wool tights – I need some vintage cell division illustration leggings”? Okay, maybe never – but now you will. From regeneration’s etsy shop. Thanks to Laura for the heads up!

No, it’s not a stupid joke. It’s my candidate for the worst press release title of September? “Neurons Found To Be Similar To U.S. Electoral College“:

Stanley Fish writes a provocative essay in the NYT on whether curiosity is tantamount to “a mental disorder,” or even a sin: Give this indictment of men in love with their own capacities a positive twist and it becomes a description of the scientific project, which includes among its many achievements space travel, a split…