bioephemera

Archives for April, 2010

Can plants paint?

Yes, they can! At least Tim Knowles thinks so: he attaches pens to the ends of branches and lets them doodle in the wind, like botanical spirographs. Knowles says, “Like signatures each drawing reveals the different qualities and characteristics of each tree.” It sounds cheesy, but it’s true – the drawings really are distinct, and…

That’s what I said – you can print skin. Not print on skin, print the skin itself, cell layer by layer. Bioprinting custom skin grafts means you can customize a graft’s depth to treat severe burns – using the patient’s own cells to avoid rejection. Kudos to whomever came up with this idea. Seriously: this…

In the munch-inducing lull between election cycles, fivethirtyeight‘s Nate Silver turns his attention to the KFC Double Down: I’ve created an index based on the amount of fat, sodium and cholesterol that the Double Down and a variety of comparable sandwiches contain as a portion of the USDA daily allowance. (In the fat category, saturated…

Wellcome’s renowned London Centre for the History of Medicine will be closed. No one quite knows why, but Thomas has been posting about this at Medical Museion and will keep us updated. There is also a news update in BMJ for those with subscription access. Note that nothing I’ve seen suggests that the snazzy new…

One of the DC bands I like, Honor By August, has a new cd out– and the cover (the e-cover at least, I haven’t seen a hard copy) plays with biomedical imagery. Sweet – love the little bird! I’d totally take that on a T-shirt and wear it.

New Scibling Alex over at Myrmecos has a fun post on how to turn your iPhone into a close-focus insect camera. If you, too, have been frustrated with the quality of the iPhone’s camera, you might want to check this out!

Bookshelf for human hamsters

I have no idea of the source on this one – anybody know who made it? This artist has created a similar model, but the inside’s padded as seating, so it probably wouldn’t work as well as a human hamster wheel. Via

WTF! My boyfriend, an astrophysicist, says the Sun “does this all the time.” I am going to hide under my bed now until I die.

Up There is a short documentary about the sign painters who still work in cities like New York, hand-applying mural-style ads to brick walls. In this short preview clip, you see an accelerated version of a series of murals painted over three weeks to advertise Stella Artois. Each image is drawn cartoon-style onto paper, holes…

A recommendation from reader Calle: a time-lapse view of a Rocky Mountains park over a year, accompanied by sound bytes from the news. Occasionally pretty eerie. News, Weather & Sports – a year long time-lapse documents the seasonal changes and the recreational activities of visitors to a public park. This is a preview clip of…