Knitted GI tract

I don’t even know what to say about this. It’s a knitted digestive tract… Thanks for visiting easternblot.net! I’ve been writing about science and scientists in art/culture/life since 2005, both on this blog and for other sites and publications. To find out more, check out my portfolio, follow me on…

Bodyworlds

Gunther von Hagen has the scariest art/science exhibit currently touring the world. Twice. His Bodyworlds exposition attracted so many visitors over the years that a second tour, Bodyworlds 2, was added. One Bodyworlds exhibit is currently in Philadelphia until April 23, 2006. Bodyworlds 2 is in Toronto until February 26,…

Academic lectures as podcasts

Several universities are making their lectures available to their students as podcasts. The blog Productive Strategies has compiled a list of links to some of these podcasts. There are quite a lot of science lectures in here. It will be difficult to follow a lecture on podcast only, especially if…

Crocheted Hyperbolic Space

Keeping with the “crafts meet science” theme, here’s something else you can do after you’ve finished knittin DNA: crochet hyperbolic space. These are not just for fun. The hyperbolic space models are deliberately crocheted to make the difficult concept of hyperbolic space more tangible and easier to understand. Thanks for…

Knitted DNA

Kimberly Chapman has several knitted patterns of coils and helices on her website. Most of them are snakes, but…one of them is a DNA helix! Baby’s First DNA From the site: “This is a knitted model of DNA, complete with GC/TA base pairs represented by orange-green bars with a pointed…

Birds and Dinosaurs

Piquing the curiosity of everyone’s inner 14-year old boy, dinosaurs were in the news several times this month. Particularly, their connection to modern day birds is being discussed by several groups around the world. First, an October 5 news release from the University of North Carolina rebuts an earlier claim…

Katrina

Levee breaches Nature news has a comprehensive FAQ on the levee breaches: “Did experts know this might happen? Yes. (…) the system’s 565 kilometres of walls were built to withstand only category-3 hurricanes. So a direct strike from a severe storm has long been anticipated as one of the worst…

Musical scientists

Albert Einstein played violin, and composer Alexander Borodin was a researcher in organic chemistry. They were not the only ones dabbling in both music and science. Even though these disciplines are usually regarded as two unrelated fields, quite a few people are practicing both. An article in the Darthmouth Undergraduate…

Tanning

“If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.” Mary Smich Tanning is quite likely the only defensive mechanism of the human body that has achieved fashion status. Strange, because its function is not that different from that of scabs or fever: to prevent…

Carrots and carotenoids

Carrots are good for your eyes, that’s nothing new. They won’t be able to rid you of your glasses, but they do contain high amounts of beta-carotene, which (aside from giving carrots their trademark orange colour) is a precursor of vitamin A. Vitamin A in turn is needed to produce…