The Loom

Archives for August, 2007

Latest Ink: Ira-centric cosmology

A reader writes: This is my friend, Ira Klotzko, he’s got a doc. in Physics and a great sense of humor. I won’t share his original plan for the depiction of Uranus… One we can share is how he jokes that the tattoo is really accurate because, as is the case with his waistline, the…

Welcome to sciencetattoo.com

Okay. So, the other day I asked an innocuous question about whether scientists get scientific tattoos. I also invited people to send in their own example. I didn’t quite bank on this site becoming a clearinghouse for science tattoos. The traffic of readers coming in from reddit, etc., is startling enough. But the stream of…

*Very* Branded with Science

&otYesterday I asked whether many scientists tattooed themselves with their science. The answer is yes, at least for about a dozen people who responded with their own bodywork, which now appears at the end of the post. Here’s the latest, from an invertebrate biologist. As a tattoo-free person, I keep wondering, when does the screaming…

Poetry in a Cow Pie

Who says scientists can’t write? Moselio Schaechter finds a lovely passage about a lowly fungus from 1884. Small Things Considered: The Victorian Way With Words

Branded with Science

The other day I was pondering how scientists tattoo themselves with their science. I was at a pool party where a friend, Bob Datta, had jumped into the water with his kids. Datta is a post-doc at Columbia, where he studies genes in Drosophila flies. I noticed that Bob had a tattoo of DNA on…

My mid-year resolution is to become a more sociable blogger–to point out good posts elsewhere that might otherwise be missed. Today’s link: Philip Ball casts a steely gaze at the latest round of papers about the so-called “memory of water” over at homunculus

Coming Online?

There’s been a small, but stunning, step forward in the quest to help people who have suffered consciousness-impairing injuries. Scientists inserted electrodes into the brain of a man in a minimally conscious state. They used the electrodes to stimulate parts of the brain believed to be crucial for binding together the brain into an aware…