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Archives for April, 2011

Thanks to Coilhouse, I just learned that artist Theo Jansen is producing 3D printed baby versions of his amazing strandbeests – wind-powered kinetic sculptures that “walk” on their own. If you don’t remember Jansen, here he is with his eerie, lifelike beests, which he calls “new forms of life:” Of course you want one, right?…

More anatomy dresses!

Scapular Art Dress Rachel Wright I’m about to go back offline again because I don’t feel up to blogging, but I had to share this find from my friend Shana – she does know what belongs on BioE! These are one-of-a-kind art dresses by artist Rachel Wright (Toolgrrl Designs on etsy). Wright says, This piece…

Recently, IP scholar and government corruption critic Larry Lessig gave a talk at CERN in which he talked about the mismatch between the goals of copyright and scientific publishing. I was excited to watch it, but . . . well, I fell asleep partway through. (It’s a long talk.) I haven’t been well lately (thus…

Surrender, don’t cull

From Linda Holmes, a poignant post about how the deluge of information makes it impossible to scratch the surface in a single lifetime: there are really only two responses if you want to feel like you’re well-read, or well-versed in music, or whatever the case may be: culling and surrender. Culling is the choosing you…

How do you get kids to master science, math, and engineering? Ask them to make a video game that teaches it to other kids. Check it out: One of these kids wrote a video game to teach himself his multiplication tables. Another calls his elementary school cousins his “user test group.” I clearly am way,…

Anatomical engraving from Henry Gray’s Anatomy, 1858. A month or so ago, Abrams books reached out to mention that they were releasing a new title, Human Anatomy: A Visual History from the Renaissance to the Digital Age. I said, “don’t I already have this book?” It turns out I did – I had the previous,…

“Reasoning was not designed to pursue the truth. Reasoning was designed by evolution to help us win arguments.” – Jonathan Haidt, “The New Science of Morality”, invoking the work of H. Mercier and D. Sperber. (the whole talk is really interesting).

Oh, to be eight years old again, and oh-so-eager to suspend all disbelief. . . this video had me laughing in pure delight: The baby T-Rex, which you can obviously tell is an actor (see the legs?) is touring Australian schools to promote the show “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Don’t get me wrong – the show…

Artists who invent (and patent)

I’ve been remiss in not recommending my temporary Scienceblogs scibling “Art and Science Learning” to those of you who are, like me, interested in the sciart intersection. However, I have to say I am not 100% behind its latest (and quite popular post), by Robert Root-Bernstein. It starts, Most people are at a loss to…

Hack for Colbert! And education!

Calling all dataviz peeps: you know you want to meet Stephen Colbert. All you have to do is win DonorsChoose’s version of the Netflix Prize. It’s a contest called “Hacking Education”. DonorsChoose explains, “We’ve opened up [our] data, and invite you to make discoveries and build apps that improve education in America. Help to shape…