DNA art

“DNA11 creates abstract art from a sample of your DNA”, says their website. While this is a pretty cool idea, I don’t agree with “abstract art”. To me; it’s just an enormous print of a very standard DNA analysis. There isn’t really anything abstract about it: it’s a photo, and…

Next Wave integrated in ScienceCareers

Two weeks ago, Science’s Next Wave, the career site aimed at graduate students and postdocs, merged with ScienceCareers. The website looks completely different now. While it looks more professional, that also means “more advertising”. Next Wave still publishes articles on alternative and non-traditional careers in science, but because it is…

wooden periodic table

Periodic Table Table

The Wooden Periodic Table Table is just that: a table, made of wood, in the shape of the periodic table. It even has panels and compartments to contain the actual elements. The table received a lot of media attention three years ago, when it won the 2002 IgNobel prize in…

Adventures in Synthetic Biology

Adventures in Synthetic Biology is a free flash comic on the Nature website. Did I just say “comic on the Nature website”? Why yes, I did, and the comic looks awesome: It’s illustrated by Chuck Wadey, and written by Drew Endy and Isodora Deese from the MIT Synthetic Biology Working…

Molecular Origami

Molecular Origami is a PC program that makes templates for paper models of molecular structures. It’s compatible with public structure databases, for example the Protein Data Bank, and can compare the model it makes with Rasmol models (a well-known program to visualize three dimensional protein structures) The gallery has some…

Neuroscience for the iPod

Sylvius has developed an iPod version of their neuroanatomy reference guide. It only works on iPods with a colour screen, but all the new versions have this now. The SylviusVG, iPod Edition works on the “notes” feature of your iPod, and lets you scroll throught the glossary to view descriptions…

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…