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Archives for January, 2011

Nabokov and “dual identities”

Gratifyingly, my post on Nabokov and Gould has generated interesting feedback, including this post by Jonah Lehrer, who expands on Nabokov’s own opinion of how his science informed his art. (Let’s just say he and Gould didn’t see eye-to-eye.) The post includes some wonderful Nabokov quotes about science, art, and butterflies, and Lehrer’s writing is,…

Is it advanced physics? biotech? fashion? Heck if I know. “The Theory of Everything Disguised as a Handbag,” from RandomIntent’s etsy shop.

Dark pictures, thrones, the stones that pilgrims kiss, poems that take a thousand years to die but ape the immortality of this red label on a little butterfly. – excerpt from Vladimir Nabokov’s “On Discovering a Butterfly” It’s not very well known that novelist Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita, was also a lepidopterist; for six…

Inexplicable foot in a tree

I have no idea why there is a disembodied mannequin foot in a tree in Cambridge, MA, but so there is. Sort of gruesome, eh? Maybe io9 should do another post on severed limbs. Update: my friend John O reminds me that he did a post on severed hands two years ago. He beat us…

An invitation from scienceforcitizens.net: As record levels of snow blanket much of the United States this year, Science For Citizens is collaborating with an important climate research project at the University of Waterloo called Snow Tweets. We’re pleased that this is the first of many scientific projects that you’ll be able to do on Science…

ScienceBlogGRRRRL Power!

I’m honored to get a brief shout-out today from the awesome Ed Yong in his post on female bloggers. I mention this not to toot my own horn, but to call attention to the amazing number of women blogging about scientific research – something I rarely do anymore at BioE, but which is very important…

I think DNA is amazing. I think biotech inspires great design. And if you’ve read this blog at all, you know I love sciart. But I just cannot understand the new infogenetics product from DNA 11 – the company behind that trendy gel electrophoresis wall art. While I’d normally just say “I don’t get it”…

From NextNature, an intriguing post about the Institute for Digital Biology: During the exhibition, visitors were able to feed a colony of microscopical pop-up creatures, save Chinese websites from a pageview-shortage, preserve an Amazone tribe from extinction by subscribing to its homepage and view a short documentary on how the living internet established itself. Artist…

How often people speak of art and science as though they were two entirely different things, with no interconnection. An artist is emotional, they think, and uses only his intuition; he sees all at once and has no need of reason. A scientist is cold, they think, and uses only his reason; he argues carefully…

Joe DePasquale was a winner of the European Southern Observatory’s hidden treasures 2010 competition with this lovely photo. From ESO: “The pictures of the Universe that can be seen in ESO’s releases are impressive. However, many hours of skilful work are required to assemble the raw greyscale data captured by the telescopes into these colourful…