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Decellurization

Posted in anatomy, science with tags , on August 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Decellurization is an absolutely fascinating process in which cells are “discharged” from organs, leaving only the connective tissue.

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The first step involves the application of a specialized detergent known to be an efficient solubilizer, without affecting the integrity of the protein in the tissue. Then, a recombinant endonuclease is used to degrade nucleic acids. (I had to quote Wiki there because I’m pretty sure there was no other way to get the word “solubilizer” into your day today)
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This process has tremendous implications for organ donation and transplants, as it maintains structural function yet greatly reduces the immunological response that causes organs to be rejected. It can be done by pumping the detergent through the organ, or submerging the organ.
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Science!

If you are as captivated by this as I am, don’t miss the work of Iori Tomita and Brandon Ballengee.

Marcus DeSieno: Parasite Portraits

Posted in creatures, photography, science with tags , , on August 5, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Marcus DeSieno has created a series of what I like to call Parasite Portraits. It is tempting to anthropomorphize these hungry little creatures, isn’t it?

Big smile…
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About the artist: Marcus DeSieno is a native of Albany, New York and is currently pursuing his MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida, expected to graduate in 2015. His work is concerned with the history of science and exploration in relation to the history of photography, often employing the use of antiquated photographic process combined with contemporary technologies to engage in a critical dialog about the evolution of photographic technology and the ontological nature of the photographic medium itself.

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Parasite Portraits

Brandon Ballengee

Posted in anatomy, art, nature, science with tags , , , on June 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

While Iori Tomita creates beautiful translucent specimens of sea creatures, Brandon Ballengee has chosen to focus on deformed amphibians.

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From the artist statement:
Since 1996, my transdisciplinary practice has bridged primary scientific studies with ecological art and engaged environmental stewardship. Underlying my practice is a systemic methodology, which posits art practice as a means of realizing research science, and vice-versa. Inherent to this working method is an impetus for “ecosystem activism” implemented through participatory biology field investigations and laboratory programs that stress public involvement – my attempt at social sculpting. My artworks come from direct experiences with amphibians, birds, fish and insect species found in today’s preternatural ecosystems and those observed in post-natural laboratory settings.

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There is evidence that the growing occurrence of amphibian birth defects comes from contaminates in the chemical runoff of man made facilities. I deeply respect Ballengee for using art to evoke awareness and empathy for these creatures.

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Now, via an enzymatic process and re-coloring, we can see the beauty of these creatures that tend to be largely ignored by humans.

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Brandon Ballengee
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Delftia

Posted in craft, jewelry, science with tags , , on April 26, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Not long ago, I had a dream that I was crafting a sacred geometry shape out of silver wire in my (hopefully soon to actually exist) metalwork area at home. This led me to a search a few things and stumble upon Delftia .

My favorite piece in the collection:
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Here’s one I’ve yet to see anywhere else (though I can’t say I’ve searched much hypercube jewelry).
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Great jewelry for science geeks in this Etsy shop.
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Delftia

Rose-Lynn Fisher: The Topography of Tears

Posted in art, photography, science with tags , , on March 25, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The Topography of Tears is a fascinating visual study of tear crystalization under a standard light microscope, exploring the terrains of numerous emotions and forms of lacrimal activity. I want to paste some of the artist’s statement here, to give you her own lens on the work.

Elation:
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The random compositions I find in magnified tears often evoke a sense of place, like aerial views of emotional terrain. Although the empirical nature of tears is a chemistry of water, proteins, minerals, hormones, antibodies and enzymes, the topography of tears is a momentary landscape, transient as the fingerprint of someone in a dream. This series ls like an ephemeral atlas.

Onions:
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Roaming microscopic vistas, I marvel at the visual similarities between micro and macro realms, how the patterning of nature seems so consistent, regardless of scale. Patterns of erosion etched into earth over millions of years may look quite similar to the branched crystalline patterns of an evaporated tear that took less than a minute to occur.

Grief:
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Tears are the medium of our most primal language in moments as unrelenting as death, as basic as hunger, and as complex as a rite of passage. They are the evidence of our inner life overflowing its boundaries, spilling over into consciousness. Wordless and spontaneous, they release us to the possibility of realignment, reunion, catharsis: shedding tears, shedding old skin. It’s as though each one of our tears carries a microcosm of the collective human experience, like one drop of an ocean.

The Topography of Tears

Slow Motion Match Burning

Posted in science, video with tags , on January 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This video has been making the blog rounds lately, with good reason. Every now and then (as often as possible) it’s worth stopping to appreciate the awe striking nature of the world’s simplest things.

Creepmas Day 10: Collaborative Desktop Goodies!

Posted in absurd, christmas, craft, ephemera, humor, monsters, science, vintage with tags , , , , , , , on December 10, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

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(Thanks, Bill!)

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(Thanks, Bettie!)

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(Thanks, Colleen!)

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(Thanks, Carrie!)

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(Thanks, Lee!)

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