bioephemera

Archives for April, 2011

A BioE million-stone!

Yesterday, bioephemera got its one millionth visit.* Thanks so much to everyone who reads, shares, and enjoys my posts – you’re why I keep blogging, in whatever spare time I can find. There’s just too much interesting stuff out there to keep it to myself when I find it, and I’ve met far too many…

Haute Macabre found artist Celina Saubidet on etsy, where she sells silver-plated bronze “osseous jewelry” from her shop Joyeria Osea. I think this skeletal hand is pretty over the top, but hey – sometimes you need a little drama. Check out her fingerbone rings for a more subtle anatomical statement.

Adam Winnik sent me this animation inspired by Carl Sagan’s famous “pale blue dot” monologue. It’s true to the serious implications of Sagan’s words, yet wry and lighthearted (mostly). A lovely example of remix culture revitalizing a classic of biology. Adam gives some background: I’ve been enrolled in illustration at Sheridan College for the the…

At the moment, a few blocks away, a few of my friends are attending a Science and Technology Studies (STS) conference at the Harvard Kennedy School. I have no idea what they’re doing, although I’m sure it’s very smart. I’m only here to tell you they have THE CREEPIEST POSTER I have ever seen for…

While we’re on the bioanimation topic, I recently heard from Jess at Nervous System, who sent me links to some animations of their new jewelry line, hyphae, “growing” in virtual space. Check it out: Hyphae – growth of the Vessel Pendant from Nervous System on Vimeo. They explain, Hyphae is a collection of 3D printed…

Remember when I said more bio grad students should play with coding and modeling? Here’s an example of what I mean. Laurence Frabotta directed me to this animation by phylogeneticist/bioinformatics programmer Liam Revell, an assistant professor at U Mass Boston, who used the statistical package ‘R’ to write a short code generating all possible bifurcating…

Wait – did Peter Nowogrodski just shoehorn everything I love into one meandering, indulgent multimedia essay??* Tolkien’s Shire appears as a coherent ecosystem, cradled by productive fields and populated by abundant orchards, caches of edible mushroom, and even the fishable Bywater Pool, ornamented with an authentic churning mill. The land at Hobbiton is changing still:…

Wow – my post about unhappy bio grad students is getting massive traffic. (Hi SlashDotters and StumbleUpon-ers!) Mike the Mad Biologist, my original inspiration, has responded here and here to all the buzz. I pretty much said everything I wanted to say in the original post, and I don’t pretend to have an explanation or…

Myriad Oral Argument Recordings

The oral arguments in Monday’s Myriad appeal are online here. (Scroll down and look for Association for Molecular [Pathology] v. PTO).

Tomorrow morning, a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hear arguments in the appeal of Association for Molecular Pathology v. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – better known as the Myriad gene patent case.* It has the patent and genetic blogospheres in a bit of a tizzy, and the…