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I was discussing SciArt on several occasions with different people recently and was fishing for a way to classify different SciArt in order to make a particular point – the point being that the type of SciArt I find most interesting and valuable is in the minority. Basically, it seems there are 3 (or maybe…

Even in the small theater where I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it was clear that this is, to some degree, a father and son movie – there were several father and son pairs in the audience – more than I’ve seen in any other movie. “Yes, son, now you will see…

Going to a party at Tony Stark’s house would be awesomely fun, and Iron Man 2 has its fair share of highly enjoyable scenes, though not as many as Iron Man 1, but it definitely could have used some science consulting help. Despite Tony Stark’s apparently scientifically flawless use of a soldering iron in #1,…

Science Scout twitter feed So how come I’ve never seen this before? The infamous Kirk Cameron Banana YouTube clip? From what I can figure out, this is actually meant to be a serious attempt at describing creationist perfection. It’s just that the video is so full of unintended (intended?) innuendo that it turns out to…

Agro-environmental Films

The genre of “environmental documentary” or “environmental film” is large enough now that it can suitably hold sub-sets. Here is a start to a filmography of agro-environmental documentaries and films. Since it is by no means exhaustive, I welcome all additions. I should say too that although many of these almost necessarily touch on GMOs…

Technology and Orgasm on Film

Rachel Maines’s book, The Technology of Orgasm: Hysteria, the Vibrator, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction (1999), is an exploration of the intersection of women’s health, technology, gender, and broader social mores. It’s now been used as the basis for a full-length documentary, Passion & Power: The Technology of Orgasm, which was screened at the recent meeting…

Haeckel on film

Proteus is a film about the 19th century biologist and artist Ernest Haeckel. It’s almost a few years old now, and has already worked its way through the blogosphere. But, given Dave’s interest in Haeckel and the recent uptick in Haeckel-talk at the blogs, let me bring it up again. Haeckel and his assistant, 1866…

The book Rebuilt, by Michae Chorost, and the documentary Sound and Fury, by Josh Aronson, here re-considered. (This is a Bookshelf #1 revisitation and expansion.) ((No reason for mentioning Jerry Falwell, by the way. That was a typo.)) I finished Rebuilt, about cochlear implants and technology-society relationships and deaf culture and the Bionic Man and…

This is but a link to an interesting summary article about the topic of scientists (physicists) in film. It’s by Sidney Perkowitz, who teaches at Emory, and who I’ve seen speak at the meetings of and know has long been involved with the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) — which I call…