Welcome, Bioephemera! (An Introduction by the Neurophilosopher)

(This is a guest post written by Mo, the Neurophilosopher.)

I'm very pleased to announce that the fantastic Bioephemera has been "acquired" by ScienceBlogs. When I first started reading it, I knew that I had found a unique blog, and it soon became one of my favourites.


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Bioephemera is a curiosity box filled with weird and wonderful things from the intersection of art and biology. Take, for example, this wax anatomical figure of a pregnant woman, attributed to Stephan Zick, and dated to around 1700.


Jessica Palmer, the author of Bioephemera, is not a biologist with an interest in art. Nor is she an artist with an interest in science. Rather, she is a professional artist and biologist. As a researcher, she has administered crack cocaine to fruit flies (!); as an artist, her paintings have graced, among other things, some of the most prestigious scientific journals; and currently, she's walking along the corridors of power, knocking scientific sense into the people there.

When I first joined ScienceBlogs, I contacted Jessica to ask if she'd consider creating a custom banner image for my new blog. Much to my delight, she kindly agreed, and created not one, but four banners, which are now in rotation at the top of my page. I also had the pleasure of meeting Jessica, when she visited London last summer. And now, I welcome Jessica to SB, and hope you'll visit the new Bioephemera to do the same.


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