Monthly Archives: March 2012

Miscellaneous Links

A beautiful visualization of ocean currents Pictures of math: a tumblr of science/math visualizations And for those of you following such things, Myriad (the gene patent case) is remanded for reconsideration in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Prometheus: … Continue reading

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Free book: Gina Kolata’s Rethinking Thin

If you’d like a good used hardback copy of Gina Kolata’s Rethinking Thin, which I think is quite a good book about the science of weight loss, I will mail it to you for free.* Email me with your address. … Continue reading

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Sciencedebate 2012: Should this be the top question for the next President?

You can vote for the science questions you’d most like the presidential candidates to answer, and add your own questions, here: We’re not interested in quizzing candidates on the 4th digit of pi or the particulars of cell mitosis. We … Continue reading

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Lunch Break: The Constructal Law

I’ve been reading a book called Design in Nature, by Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane. It’s an extremely thought-provoking book and I haven’t fully decided what I want to say about it, so my review is still coming, but … Continue reading

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What neuroscience tells us about creativity

A preview of Jonah Lehrer’s new book on creativity, Imagine: What do you think? I haven’t yet read it, but Lehrer is always an engaging writer; I’m sure it’s both entertaining and literate. My only concern is a general one: … Continue reading

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Feynman wins for best sciart quote ever?

Via Maria at Brain Pickings, this wonderful Richard Feynman quote: I have a friend who’s an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don’t agree with very well. He’ll hold up a flower and say “look how beautiful … Continue reading

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I love it when Robert Krulwich agrees with me!

NPR science correspondent Robert Krulwich, he of the oh-so-familiar voice, quoted me/BioE in a sciart blog post yesterday about “Magnetic Movie,” a short film by the artistic team of Ruth Jarman and Joseph Gerhardt. Here’s the original BioE post quoted … Continue reading

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Anatomical chairs for your medical library?

From my friend Shana: wonderful anatomical wingchairs: “Tante Wera” wingchairs: “Flow” Limited edition

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Have your wonder cabinet and eat it too!

I’ve been spending too much time browsing etsy lately – it’s like windowshopping, only I don’t have to go out in the dismal drizzle that is Cambridge in March. One of the wonderful, fanciful shops I found is Andie’s Specialty … Continue reading

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Conservation photography as social change

A few days ago, Sheril told me that I had to watch an amazing short film by Neil Ever Osborne. The video is ~20 minutes long, so I wasn’t able to find time until this morning, but I highly encourage … Continue reading

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