Candy sushi science

A few weeks ago, I got completely lost in the Japanese candy kit part of YouTube. There is a company in Japan that produces kits that let you make miniature versions of food, all from edible sweet materials. YouTube is full of videos of people demonstrating the various kits. Since…

Etsy Wednesday – Sagan and Feynman poster

OMG, it’s Etsy Wednesday again, for the first time in…let’s just not count. I have a week off work to catch up on other things in my life, and one of the things on my long list of neglected projects was Etsy Wednesday. I think I’m going to start cross-posting…

Etsy Wednesday – Skinner doll

Another week, another scientifically themed product on Etsy. This one’s… different. It’s a doll of BF Skinner, with pigeons. Skinner is famous for inventing the “Skinner box”, in which animals (usually pigeons) learn the correlation between pushing a button and receiving a food reward. His other pigeon-related work involved developing…

Etsy Wednesday – Valentine’s Day Cards

I’ve scrutinized Etsy to find the best science-themed Valentine’s Day cards. By “scrutinize” I mean that I looked at a bunch of them, and only selected the ones that made me laugh. It turns out that I’m far more entertained by physics love jokes than by chemistry or biology ones,…

Etsy Wednesday – soap flasks

I know, I know. It’s nice that I brought back Etsy Wednesday, but am I ever going to blog anything else again? Yes, yes I am. In fact, I’ve been blogging every Tuesday at The Finch and Pea, and also sometimes on my work blog so I definitely did write….

Etsy Wednesday – Coloured flasks

Hmm. You know my feelings about the stereotype of the coloured liquids in flasks, but I have to admit that these are pretty. Each flask has a quartz crystal in water with glitter and food colouring. The science perfectionist in me wants nothing to do with this kind of nonsense,…

Etsy Wednesday – Carl Sagan on a velociraptor

Remember that time when Carl Sagan rode a velociraptor and waved a light sabre? Here it is, commemorated in a print. (Found via several people on Twitter and Tumblr.) The artist, Lauren Crawford, originally drew it for her boyfriend, but so many people wanted a copy of it that she…

Etsy Wednesday – Vessel Pendant

This red pendant by Etsy seller nervoussystem is inspired by the structure of blood vessels (and other rhyzome structures). Check out the rest of the store for more science-inspired jewelry, or find out how this particular series was designed using a 3D printing technique (includes videos). Thanks for visiting easternblot.net!…

Etsy Wednesday – Gold Mitochondria

I don’t think I’ve ever featured the work of Michele Banks on Etsy Wednesday yet, because I was taking a little Etsy Wednesday break at the time I first found her work via the science online community. Michele makes beautiful watercolour paintings of biological structures, like this one based on…

Etsy Wednesday – Mars Curiosity necklace

Earlier this week, Mars rover Curiosity landed on Mars to start exploring the surface. It already inspired Etsy crafts, like this necklace featuring one of the first photos taken by the rover: Thanks for visiting easternblot.net! I’ve been writing about science and scientists in art/culture/life since 2005, both on this…