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Archives for December, 2009

Is that a duck head on your foot?

With the Mallard Heels from anthropologie, you can say “Yes, I’m wearing a 3-inch high duck decoy!” with confidence. But alas, I waited too long to blog these – they’re out of stock. Sorry, Isis.

This explanatory video from Wired/the Exploratorium shows how “Dr. Megavolt” (Austin Richards) created a birdcage-topped stainless steel bodysuit, so he can play with the giant Tesla coil he built. This guy knows how to have fun, man.

Many of the commenters on my earlier post about the so-called wisdom of crowds, “Science is not a democracy,” have expressed distaste for the phrase “scientific consensus.” I don’t really share that distaste, and here’s why. To me, it’s like being disturbed by the phrase “electoral college.” You may detest the way our nation’s electoral…

Juxtaposition: Avatar Edition

the Hallelujah Mountains film stills from Avatar by James Cameron The Messengers Christophe Vacher Fantasy artist Christophe Vacher was doing the floating mountain thing for years before Avatar. Update: apparently, for those of you who remember the 1970s, Roger Dean was doing it too: Jason R suggests this link for more images. (None of them…

I think I just threw up a little

If you’ve ever worked in a bio lab, you know what I mean: these look too real! Yes, I know Pharyngula and BoingBoing already got to them early this month, while I was in the middle of finals, but I just had to blog them anyway. They’re too bioE. Besides, you can use them as…

“It is the largest thing we have ever built,” says Whitesides, “and we have assembled it from transistors–the smallest things we know how to make. It is a chrysalis we are forming around the planet…a table where we sit to gossip, a suq where we buy and sell; a shadowy corner for planning mischief; a…

There are two contradictory headlines today on Google News, both regarding someone I couldn’t care less about. However, they nicely illustrate one of my key concerns about the internet: the pervasive illusion that the “wisdom of crowds” is in fact wisdom, or in fact fact. Both stories involve the heinous Jon Gosselin, who as far…

scarobeus cornepleura Mauricio Ortiz The technically gifted Mauricio Ortiz is originally from Costa Rica, but now lives in London, where his artistic star is on the rise. His octo-beetle, above, was recently selected to appear in a deck of playing cards as part of a high-profile British charity fundraiser, alongside a card by British bad…

Kate Street

Orchis Nodulosa Kate Street The delicacy of Kate Street’s pencil drawings belie their sinister undertones: a garden of chimeric orchids flowering with skulls, intricate skeletons of birds perching on leaves, tuberous roots that are half heart and half honeycomb. Her installations, on the other hand, pull no punches. In Bird in the Hand II, disembodied…

The recent blizzard turned our decorative holiday planter into a suspiciously Cthulhulian holiday effigy. A cephaloconiferopod? A gymnosquid? An everoctogreen? I have no idea what to call it, but it obviously says “Merry Christmas, BioE readers!”