bioephemera

Archives for December, 2010

Raise your fingers if this video by Cyriak kinda creeps you out. Via Street Anatomy.

Aquaephemera: slo-mo water sculpture

Water + physics = beautiful work by Shinichi Maruyama. Via Neatorama – thanks to Rhett for the tip.

Chris Peters’ Live and Let Die

To Hold You Again Chris Peters Artist Chris Peters just wrapped up a winter show at Santa Monica’s Copro gallery. I’ve blogged about his work before; it’s inspired by vintage medical illustrations, but his agonized skeletons are ripped from their anatomical atlases to brood in Hopper-esque gas stations, Mad Men-like interiors, and smoky chiaroscuro. Whether…

As children sleep, dreaming their materialistic dreams of the privileged classes, Santa – less impressive than his Falstaffian reputation would suggest – twists the narrator’s grasp of reality beyond all recognition. A hilarious tale of Christmas horror by Ryan Iverson, inspired by Warner Herzog. Via iO9.

Google Your Body: Body Browser

Google Labs just released a new “experiment” – Body Browser. You have to upgrade to Google Chrome beta if you don’t already have it, but when you do, you can play with a 3-D, rotatable reconstruction of a (female) human body. Sliders let you fade the circulatory, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems in and out…

Euw! Ed Yong has a gross-yet-cool post about parasitic nematodes that infect and kill caterpillars – and bring along luminous bacteria whose red glow is unpalatable to birds. If a bird eats the caterpillar host, the parasitic worms die. But the bacterial warning glow protects the worms’ immobilized corpse home until they mature and burst…

This is un freaking real. My friend John O at Armed With Science has dug up a classic animated film produced for the National Naval Medical Center in 1973. It starts with an awards ceremony for the “Communicable Disease of the Year,” hosted by the Grim Reaper (who turns out to know a lot about…

“This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to…

Diptheria vaccinations in the 1920s The town of Leicester was a particular hotbed of anti vaccine activity and the site of many anti-vaccine rallies. The local paper described the details of a rally: “An escort was formed, preceded by a banner, to escort a young mother and two men, all of whom had resolved to…