Archive for the science Category

Fabulous Cat Papers

Posted in anatomy, craft, science with tags , , , , , on July 12, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Fabulous Cat Papers carries gorgeous handmade embroidered notebooks with all kinds of perfectly geeky themes (heavily focused on anatomy and science).

il_570xN.833453445_bjj1

I’d having trouble choosing just one of these (and I have an odd habit of “saving” really nice notebooks and leaving them blank because they are are art pieces!).

il_570xN.990402515_r3ca

il_570xN.626631122_cbdg

il_570xN.752632678_8ifa

Fabulous Cat Papers

Kiva Ford

Posted in anatomy, craft, glass, science, sculpture with tags , , , , on February 20, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Kiva Ford has a degree in Scientific glassblowing. His work with intricate scientific instruments evolved into gorgeous creative sculpture.

add164_a98ba9c6e1c24355924bbaf68a597581

add164_150511f79d8649079af7922de867ad2c

Clearly, he’s influenced by scientific subject matter, but brings skillful artistic sensibilities to each piece.
add164_a65d029f48c54a539b71ab0182c98358

While some creations are purely decorative, others are gorgeous functional glassware (though I’d be terrified to drop them!)
add164_8e36d3582bb74b06af296a92bdc39607

add164_d16b5b3ab627465b804900e2a7ff3a40

add164_fc181054dd0441f88af3204bbab88ba2

Kiva Ford

Valentine’s Day Roundup

Posted in art, humor, nature, plush, science, toys with tags , , , , , on February 14, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Time is getting away from me lately with the fundraiser, so I’m making up for it by posting a collection of Valentine goodies.

Ransom and Mitchell: Dearly Beloved
dearlybeloved_1024x1024

24 Stuffed Creatures for Your Offbeat Valentine

enhanced-10162-1453841305-7

Bleeding Hearts

bleeding_heart

Ron English: Peace, Love and Understanding

group_edit_ig

Printable Math and Science Valentines

cards1

Oh, she’ll be surprised:
hB4801456

The Wellcome Book Prize Nerve Cell Trophy

Posted in craft, science, sculpture with tags , , on February 11, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

“Wellcome Book Prize, the annual £30,000 prize for literature that engages with the human experience of medicine and medical science, has unveiled this year’s winner trophy: a bespoke creation inspired by the nerve cells of the mind, from London-based artist, Kyle Bean.”

static1.squarespace.com

I’m amazed by the piece, particularly because it was not made from painstaking, intricate carvings or laser cutting…but by injecting a clear acrylic block with a 5 million volt particle accelerator to create what is essentially a fossil of electricity.

German physicist Christoph Lichtenberg discovered the technique circa 1777 when he succeeded in making branching electric discharges appear on the interior of an insulating material.

Best. Trophy. Ever.

Source

Image Odyssey: Bat Embryos

Posted in creatures, nature, science with tags , , on February 1, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Yesterday I received an email bursting with bat embryos (which sounds like cyberbullying, but is actually what people do when they love me). The message prompted me to seek out some of the most beautiful specimens on the Web.

iow-bat_embryo-onpg

While ostensibly a rather morbid search entry, these images (particularly the diaphonized variety) allow us to see the awe inspiring artistry of nature. Even the tiny creatures so often reviled by humans are majestic in their own way.
unnamed2

And adorable. They’re also adorable.
unnamed

tumblr_mhazbsDoOa1rlmos1o1_1280

See no evil…hear no evil…
unnamed

Thanks for the inspiration, CP!

3D Printed Model of Cell Division

Posted in craft, science with tags , on January 11, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

The Drummond Lab created this awesome bronze 3D printed model of a yeast cell dividing. Late-anaphase…

CWwxhgOVEAAAPSz

If I had a 3D printer…I’m sure cellular models would inch toward the top of my to-make list. I love this thing!

Source

Brain Coasters

Posted in anatomy, products, science, wish list with tags , , , on April 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

These Brain Coasters have been making the rounds in many of the blogs I follow lately (and some kind readers sent me the link, too!).

braincoasters1sdfsdf

Each set of Brain Specimen Coasters comes with ten glass coasters. Each coaster has four rubber feet (to further protect the surfaces the coasters are protecting in the first place) and a slice of brain printed on it. If you stack your Brain Specimen Coasters in the proper order (which is easy to do, since the coasters are labeled) and look from the proper angle, you’ll see a full brain.

secondbrains2sdfsdfsdf

These belong in my house.

Brain Coasters

Seung-Hwan Oh

Posted in art, nature, photography, science with tags , , , on March 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Seung-Hwan Oh is a South Korean experimental photographer and microbiologist. In the series Impermanence, he creates thought provoking abstract portraits at the intersection of art and organic decay. They are ethereal, electric, psychedelic, and in some ways almost spiritual…but always intriguing.

Seung-Hwan-Oh_Web6

In the artist’s own words:
This project is about the superimposition of a moment in microbial growth upon a moment in the life of a person through the projection of one spatial-temporal reality onto another.

Seung-Hwan-Oh_Web3

This captures the evanescence of film photography, the transiency of life, and the continual entangled creative and destructive processes; a millisecond of an expression, an instance of an autonomous geometric evisceration of film, an exploitation of chemical materiality, a vestige composed of millions of pixels, and a complete obliteration into intangible atoms that dissipate into something else.

Seung-Hwan-Oh_Web2

The process involves the cultivation of chemical consuming microbes on a visual environment created through portraits and a physical environment composed of developed film immersed in water. As the microbes consume the emulsion over the course of months, the silver halides destabilize, obfuscating the legibility of foreground, background, and scale.

Seung-Hwan-Oh_Web7

This creates an aesthetic of entangled creation and destruction that inevitably is ephemeral, and results in complete disintegration of the film so that it can only be delicately digitized before it is consumed.

Seung-Hwan-Oh_Web10

Seung-Hwan Oh

Mad Mad Mad Scientist Laboratory

Posted in science, toys, vintage with tags , , on January 13, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Got $2,3000 to spend on a toy? Consider the Mad Mad Mad Scientist Laboratory.

$_57

Found on Ebay:
One of the holy grails on Monster toys. 1965 The Mad Mad Mad Scientist Laboratory Sold briefly through the back pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine. Original Cost – $4.95. Considered the rarest Monster toy in existence. Only 4 known to exist. This is the second finest one known. Would be considered mint but one of the chemicals leaked and damaged the bottom of the box. Other than that, cover is super mint and shiny.

$_572

It actually looks like a pretty amazing kit. The test tubes appear a bit more “real” than I would expect. I’d love to hand make something like this for a special kid; set up a whole box of mad scientist goodies with a cool cover.

Did you have any science toys as a kid? What was your favorite?

Mad Mad Mad Scientist Laboratory

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.

tumblr_n9s5jyWVkr1tgoke4o1_500

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)
DecellularizationPorcineHeart

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.
decellularization-organ-comparison

Science!

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