The Japanese House - Barbican exhibit

Japanese House – Barbican exhibit

The Barbican Centre currently has an exhibit called Japanese House, all about Japanese architecture and home design after 1945. Having been to Japan, I’d seen some of the country’s houses in real life, but I didn’t know much about the architectural history, so this was an interesting exhibit. Japanese Architecture…

Finding DNA sculptures in London

On Sunday, a group of friends and I set out to find the DNA sculptures that are scattered around London this summer. The weather wasn’t the best, and we started the journey in heavy rain, but it got a little bit better later. We didn’t make it to all 21…

DNA sculptures in London – walking tour

This summer London is host to another series of artist-decorated sculptures. After elephants, buses, and book benches, this time the theme is DNA! Join me and other local science communication folks on a walking tour on July 26. The sculptures, in support of Cancer Research UK,  will be on display…

Interrailing through Europe with Borodin and Mendeleev

This post first appeared on The Finch and Pea.   Long ago, in a kingdom that no longer exists, a bohemian traveller was mistaken for a fugitive revolutionary, and arrested. The traveller was Russian chemist and composer Alexander Borodin, who was on his way to Italy with his friend Dmitri…

Barcelona

I finally had a chance to visit Barcelona last week, on a holiday with my family. Some photos and video below, and many more photos on Flickr.   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…

Portlandia

The seventeen most Portlandia things I saw when I was in Portland earlier this month. 17. Portland time capsule idea box (also very “Parks & Rec”) 16. Keep Portland Weird 15. Community cycling center 14. Zine symposium 13. This guy on a fixie bike stapling posters to poles. 12. Carbon…

Yellowstone

I’ve started my second year of blogging for The Finch and Pea, and this year I’ll be focusing my science travel posts on places I have NOT been. The first one I wrote is about Yellowstone National Park, and the history of the discovery of Thermus aquaticus. Brock took samples…

Finch and Pea travel post round-up

I’m almost out of places I’ve been, to write about on The Finch and Pea. Don’t worry – I’ll keep writing there, just from a slightly different angle. If you’re not caught up on my science-themed travel posts there, here is a round-up of the ones I’ve written so far:…

Travelling, catching up

I’m in Newcastle at the moment. Tomorrow I’m speaking and exhibiting at a conference for postgraduate students. I came here on a train from Edinburgh, where I spoke on Friday as part of Open Access Week. That same week I had also been in Sheffield and Zurich, and the week…

Glaucoma medication for altitude sickness

While sorting through some things this weekend, I found a little bag with five white pills in it. It’s glaucoma medicine, and it’s prescribed to me. I don’t have glaucoma, but I did visit the Himalayas in 2011. Rapid ascent to high altitudes can cause altitude sickness, with nausea, headaches,…