bioephemera

Archives for January, 2011

It might look something like this: Arm of God Galacia, Kansas 2009 Mitch Dobrowner

I got a very nice email today from Sam Gaty, one of the filmmakers behind the Synthetic Biology Documentary I blogged about earlier. He acknowledged the “mad scientist” type concerns, but emphasized that’s not what they’re going for in the final documentary, and suggested I share another short clip. This one is far more, I…

An impressive short film, “Core,” by animation group selfburning, via Fubiz. The music is lovely.

So I’m all in favor of promoting struggling artists, and that includes documentary filmmakers. But I have to say I’m a little taken aback by the aesthetic of the “Synthetic Bio” documentary project by Field Test Films (and endorsed by Carl Zimmer). They’ve posted a short over at Kickstarter, where they’re trying to raise $30K…

Autumn Salt Marsh 2 Linda Behar I defy you to look at Linda Behar’s embroidered marshlands and not be fooled into thinking they’re photographs. To achieve this unusual level of textile realism, she prints photos taken on-site onto cloth, then improvises over them with embroidery. See more of her work on flickr. Via Daily Art…

Psychologist Robert Kurzban’s new book promises to explain Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite. It’s a bold promise, and I was skeptical when first invited to review it. But Kurzban delivered – hilariously, entertainingly so. Although since I agree with almost everything he writes, I may not be the most objective of critics. (FYI: this…

I found this children’s encyclopedia in a pile of books on the curb a few weeks ago. Some of its depictions of science are charming; some are odd, and all are really, really dated. More snapshots below the fold. . .

Netflix for Paintings?

TurningArt is a startup that lets you make a queue of prints by various independent artists, try the prints out in your home or office, and exchange them as often as you like. After you’ve lived with the print long enough, you can trade it in for the original canvas, watercolor or collage; you just…

Observatory is hosting another great event tonight: From Heumann Heilmittel, “Eine Reise durch den menschlichen K├Ârper” (1941) Body Voyaging: an illustrated lecture with Kristen Ann Ehrenberger Date: TONIGHT, Monday, January 17th Time: 8:00 PM Admission: $5 Presented by Morbid Anatomy We human beings have a seemingly insatiable desire to experience the bodies underneath our skins.…

How to make a brain freeze cocktail

Caption for non-PhDs: aren’t these