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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?…

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,…

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:…

Whether you’re studying, working, or just trying to stay warm this week, take a moment to appreciate this view of the inner workings of this positively Yeatsian music box: Mechanical Bird Music Box I admit it: I burst out laughing at the unexpected closure of the box. Poor little bird! (Yet he rose again, phoenix-like,…

Edward Tufte auctions off his library

In less than a month (December 2nd), Christie’s will auction off Edward Tufte’s library – an idiosyncratic collection of first edition books, plates, prints, and ephemera that the dataviz guru calls his “Museum of Cognitive Art,” and I call “Jessica’s Christmas List.” I’m not going to sample low-rez images of the lots here, because there’s…

Hippocampus: Broad Overview Tamily Weissman, Jeff Lichtman, and Joshua Sanes, 2005 from Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century by Carl Schoonover The first time I created a transgenic neuron, it was in a worm, C. elegans — a tiny, transparent cousin of the earthworm. I injected DNA into…

The Secret Museum

Joanna Ebenstein of Morbid Anatomy has just unveiled a new website, the Secret Museum, to house her “exhibition of photographs exploring the poetics of hidden, untouched and curious collections from around the world.” So if you can’t make it to her show in NYC (through June 6), you can browse her virtual exhibition of photos…

This is what I miss out on by not reading the physical copy of the New York Times: ads! I recently picked up a copy of the Times science section and saw an ad for these wonderful vintage patent office models from the 1900s. As if they’re not steampunky enough, each one comes with a…

Here’s another interesting summer reading prospect for BioE-philes: Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy by Melissa Milgrom. From the New York Times review: The best chapter in “Still Life” by far is the one in which Ms. Milgrom visits with the fascinating and foul-mouthed British artist Emily Mayer, the woman who is Mr. Hirst’s taxidermist. She’s…

From Mechanical Brides of the Uncanny by Edward Bateman In “Mechanical Brides of the Uncanny,” artist Edward Bateman creates images that explore photography’s role as historical evidence. Presented as a collection of discovered carte de visites, this book documents a forgotten age of mechanical wonders. Carte de visites were an immensely popular form of photography…