bioephemera

Archives for May, 2010

Bye Bye . . . for now

Everything is ephemeral – including bioephemera. As of today, May 31, I’m going on hiatus for at least this summer – and probably longer. While I’ve met many wonderful fellow bloggers and faithful readers through the blog, keeping BioE going has become a significant investment of time that I just don’t have. Since I started…

Jigsaw animal business cards

So cute, so bioephemeral: designer Wes Thomas created a laser-cut business card that snaps out to assemble a little giraffe. He’s also done a gorilla. Via Notcot.

The God Particle, 2008 Andy Harper does amazing work with oils: fantastic gardenscapes populated with unanticipated plants. Many of his works incorporate dramatic symmetry, reminiscent of a Rorschach blot or the patters on a flowerhead. Half Devil, Half Buccaneer Read an interview with Andy Harper at failedrockstar.

Here’s a big time want: a sterling silver necklace cast from a frog spine and skull, by Elizabeth Knight. Wow. You can find it at Catbird! While you’re there, check out Knight’s spin on pearl earrings (the pearls are held by skeletal frog hands!), the 14K paired ant necklace by Jezebel, which I like even…

Nikki Graziano: math as art

Wired published a gallery a few months back featuring the art of Nikki Graziano, a math and photography student at Rochester Institute of Technology, who combines photos with equations. Her Found Functions series is awesome – I love the way she spots functions and patterns in nature.

I recently stumbled across an interesting post (don’t ask how I got there; how do you ever end up anywhere on the Web?) about how the octopus has been used as a propaganda symbol, from WW2 to Big Oil, to represent the terrifying Other. Fascinating stuff – read more here for starters, and here is…

The Secret Museum

Joanna Ebenstein of Morbid Anatomy has just unveiled a new website, the Secret Museum, to house her “exhibition of photographs exploring the poetics of hidden, untouched and curious collections from around the world.” So if you can’t make it to her show in NYC (through June 6), you can browse her virtual exhibition of photos…

So I had the pleasure of meeting the awesome Dr. Isis a few weeks ago. It turns out she is even more awesome in person than she is in pseudonymity. And she brought me a fabulous thing: a scarf from A Slice of Life Scarves. Creator Eve Reaven, a Bay Area cell biologist, “has continuously…

“Fossil geometry” (detail) Based on Eschschottzia Californica seeds collected by Mr W Reeves, April 1864. From the collection of the Royal Microscopic Society. UK sci-artist Heather Barnett has created a line of wallpapers using micrographs of cells, crystals, seeds, nanofibers, etc. They’d be particularly striking in a loft or other industrially inspired space – including…

Lately Ms. Humble of Not So Humble Pie, “your typical nerdy biological anthropologist turned stay at home mom and baker of sometimes strange goodies,” has cornered the market on science cookies. Check out her beautiful gel electrophoresis cookies (above): they are amazingly convincing AND ethidium bromide free (thank goodness). She’s also made drosophila melanogaster cookies,…