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The NYT has a great little article about Chevalier Jackson, a turn-of-the-century doctor who kept a collection of foreign objects removed from people’s throats. Dr. Jackson “preserved more than 2,000 objects that people had swallowed or inhaled: nails and bolts, miniature binoculars, a radiator key, a child’s perfect-attendance pin, a medallion that says “Carry me…

Weekend reading

Here are some essay links I’ve had open as tabs in my browser for over a week, waiting to be posted. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to do the extensive commentary they deserve, so I’m admitting that, and just posting them already. Enjoy. Graphical Abstracts & Biologists as Designers Andrew Sun discusses “graphical abstracts” at…

Sciart quote of the day

“Although science is seemingly the logical, rational, ordered antithesis of artistic creativity, artists and scientists still share a common drive to innovate, explore, dissect and reveal. They have a unified love and awe for the world around and within them.” –Mark de Novellis, curator of “Picturing Science,” a sciart exhibition opening today at the UK’s…

Antarctic nights

Some awesome photos from NSF teams working in Antarctica (click for larger versions). This one makes me want to hum “O Little Base of McMurdo, how still we see thee lie. . . ” McMurdo base by night James Walker/NSF

The House of Imagination

A German home improvement company turns an old apartment building into a modern wonder cabinet, as part of an ad campaign: first they covered the facade with a flock of shoes (Dr. Isis must have been their muse) and then they installed concept art throughout the whole thing (some of it nuts, and some of…

Ghostsigns of Britain

The UK History of Advertising Trust has initiated a ghostsigns archive to document old painted billboards – the kind you see on the sides of brick buildings, fading away unnoticed. These old signs are being destroyed daily (by gentrification, new construction, and new billboards being put over them), and very few new ones are being…

Wellcome’s renowned London Centre for the History of Medicine will be closed. No one quite knows why, but Thomas has been posting about this at Medical Museion and will keep us updated. There is also a news update in BMJ for those with subscription access. Note that nothing I’ve seen suggests that the snazzy new…

Via talking points memo, an amazing photo gallery of the Icelandic volcano causing so much disruption in Europe’s airspace. photo credit: Newscom/Zuma Update: More amazing photos here.

Travel films for plants

For the past two months, conceptual artist Jonathon Keats has been showing films . . . to potted plants.

Memento 2.9, 2009 Alan Bur Johnson makes delicate clustered sculptures that consist of transparencies in silver frames mounted on dissection pins: “The installations resemble haiku in their enchanting, simple grammar – and, like precise syllables come to luminous life as each framed, wing-like component flickers independently in the wake of an exhalation or current of…