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April 22, 2014

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5:25 AM | Strawberry DNA
This month, I’m going to show you how you can extract DNA from a strawberry at home! DNA cannot dissolve in alcohol, so it  comes out of solution as a solid or precipitates where the alcohol meets the salty strawberry water. Suspended in alcohol and clumped together, DNA looks like a fluffy cloud. When you […]

April 21, 2014

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4:24 PM | Troglodita
wing’d neotrogla penetrates her mate’s chamber everyone’s aghast!
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1:50 PM | Cutting Edge: Art & Science of Climate Change at AAAS
AAAS has put together an event on the art and science of climate change on Thursday, May 1 in conjunction with the Voyage of Discovery show. You should come! Jessica, Ellyn and I will all be there. If you prefer to skip the speeches and head straight for the wine and art, you might want to come around 7:30pm. It's free but registration is required - click HERE to sign up.

April 17, 2014

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8:32 PM | http://walkaboutem.com/2014/04/17/swaddle-jpg/
  Swaddle blankets with hand block-printed microorganisms, insects and fossils. I’ll have plenty of time to make all of this stuff, right?
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8:29 PM | http://walkaboutem.com/2014/04/17/bassinet-jpg/
  And this fanciful bassinet… Every kid needs a bassinet with teeth, right? Because sleep is more restful if you think your bed is trying to eat you…
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8:25 PM | http://walkaboutem.com/2014/04/17/wash-puppets-jpg/
So I have a kid now… He’s three months old. When I was pregnant I had images in my head of all of the beautiful creative things that I would get to make for a nursery. Like handmade clothes and…Read more ›
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3:04 PM | Jumping Cholla
Cholla The jumping cholla‘s branches have silver-ochre stings which grey with age.   Flowers are white and rose and smudged with tinges of blue; its fruit green barrels.   Baby chollas jump; cling to desert animals. Vela de coyote!  

April 10, 2014

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6:15 PM | Seamlessly moving between ballet and neuroscience
I love NOVA’s series on the Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers because it often features scientists who do amazing things in addition to their research. Today, the program features a short... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:15 PM | Seamlessly moving between ballet and neuroscience
I love NOVA’s series on the Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers because it often features scientists who do amazing things in addition to their research. Today, the program features a short... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:43 PM | Facebook Frustration
I wasn’t an early adopter of Facebook. I couldn’t possibly have been less interested, but a friend asked that I join so we could keep in touch, so I obliged. Seven years later, I’m one of the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 09, 2014

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8:25 PM | Art + Science Series: Paintings of Annell Livingston
I am pleased to welcome artist Annell Livingston to the biocreativity blog as a continuation of the Art + Science Series. Annell’s work takes its cues from her current home in Taos, New Mexico. Her paintings feature geometric patterns inspired … Continue reading →

April 06, 2014

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3:12 PM | What an artist's studio really tells you
My soul: Let me show you itI read an essay online the other day, “Is an artist’s studio a window into their soul?” by Bob Duggan on BigThink, and it’s been percolating in my brain ever since. Unfortunately, probably not in the way the author intended. The piece compares the studios of NC Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth, which were preserved as museums after their deaths.  Duggan says some fairly interesting things about what you can infer about an artist’s life and […]

April 04, 2014

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6:46 PM | Frog on Friday
Thorny tree frog in resplendent pink and yellow, hale evergreen monarch. Hat tip to A striking new species of phytotelm-breeding tree frog (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from central Vietnam (CC-Attribution),

April 03, 2014

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5:51 PM | Carly Tribull’s Entomology Comics
I got to know Carly Tribull’s amazing work when we both contributed to the ant comic anthology, Myrmex. She is a PhD student at the American Museum of Natural History in New York who also draws... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 02, 2014

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12:08 PM | El arte como una herramienta educativa para el desarrollo de una nueva generación de científicos
Grizelle González, investigadora del Instituto Internacional de Bosques Tropicales y una de los líderes del proyecto Poetic ScienceUna ecologista de suelo y bióloga, Grizelle González se inclina al arte para comprender mejor la ciencia. En la actualidad es la líder del proyecto de la unidad de investigación del Instituto Internacional de Bosques Tropicales. Con un doctorado en […]
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12:06 PM | El Arquitecto Científico y la Sostenibilidad
El arquitecto y exponente de diseño ambiental, Fernando AbruñaEs un gran honor compartir con ustedes un escrito del reconocido arquitecto Fernando Abruña, exponente de la arquitectura "verde" y sostenible Hará unos 40 años cuando comencé mi carrera profesional como arquitecto ya estaba convencido de que nuestro trabajo como diseñadores de espacios naturales o […]
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12:05 PM | Bióloga Graduada, Arquitecta Sub-graduada
Pabellón para cubrir un JardínNos complace compartir con ustedes un escrito de Glorimar Irizarry Delgado, estudiante de arquitectura de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico “Un científico debe tomarse la libertad de plantear cualquier cuestión, de dudar de cualquier afirmación, de corregir errores” – J.R. Oppenheimer Hay mucho de científico en […]
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12:00 PM | Fortaleciendo la Imaginación con Arte y Ciencia
Jason Silva, anfitrión del programa Brain Games en el canal de TV de National Geographic (Crédito: Jason Silva)Jason Silva es últimamente reconocido como el presentador de la serie JUEGOS MENTALES (Brain Games) del canal de National Geographic, sin embargo este cineasta Venezolano y Americano ha sido ampliamente reconocido por sus series no-comerciales de cortometrajes “Shots of Philosophical […]

April 01, 2014

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7:51 PM | Trapdoor Spider
Silkhinged burrow keeps the brood eggs safe from wasps triplines that vibrate (H/T to Cultural depictions of spiders)
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4:42 AM | Reconstructing an Ancient Fin and Watching it Paddle to Fame
Friends and colleagues who know that I illustrated Neil Shubin’s first book, Your Inner Fish, have been asking if I was involved in the three-part PBS series hosted by Shubin that will air next... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 31, 2014

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3:01 PM | How the brain processes language
How the brain processes language By Mairéad MacSweeney, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.   I work with people who are born severely or profoundly deaf in order to inform our understanding of how the brain processes language. People born deaf can provide a unique insight into how the brain […]
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5:12 AM | Pinch of Pigment: Mummy Brown
Many of the early Pre-Raphaelite paintings may have paint made from dead Egyptians. Considered to be a highly variable pigment between raw umber (almost greenish brown) and burnt umber (a ruddier... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:17 AM | Attribution is Catchy
Credit is Due (The Attribution Song) by Question Copyright and artist-in-residence Nina Paley with Bliss Blood on vocals. By pairing an important message with a catchy tune, the point sticks with you... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 30, 2014

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10:46 AM | A most un-Common Room
According to Wikipedia, the great encyclopaedia of our time, “The Encyclopedia Galactica is a fictional or hypothetical encyclopaedia of a galaxy spanning civilization, containing all the knowledge accumulated by a society with quadrillions of people and thousands of years …The post A most un-Common Room appeared first on At the Interface.

March 29, 2014

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12:57 PM | 12 Things I’ve Learned About Being a Science Artist Online
After celebrating 7 years of blogging on The Flying Trilobite, I’m going to get all old guard and pompous and established and drop some wisdom about best practices for science artists online.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 28, 2014

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3:18 PM | Science, Comics, and Adventure!
When I was a science teacher, I was always on the lookout for narrative stories that revolve around science. Our brains are wired to learn from stories, after all, so I was always astounded by the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 27, 2014

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4:10 AM | ‘Cosmos’ and ‘Your Inner Fish’ Pack the 1-2 Punch
Two weeks from today, on April 9th, PBS will air the first of a three-part series adapted from Neil Shubin’s popular book, Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year-History of the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 26, 2014

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11:05 AM | ART ROADTRIP
A few months ago, I headed to NY’s Hudson River Valley with my family to visit Storm King and Dia: Beacon. The first time I had visited Storm King was to grab a couple of shots for my Serra documentary for Gibbs Farm in 2003. Serra’s work at Storm King, Schunnemunk Fork, is comprised of four walls that express the fall of the land. This time the work was different than other times I had seen it; the grass had grown very tall around the pieces. I thought that Richard would […]

March 25, 2014

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8:46 PM | Bone Dusters Paleo Ale, Brewed from Real Fossils!
With craft brewing on the rise and many breweries tinkering with flavorings that range from the somewhat obvious (honey or citrus) to the eyebrow-raising (jalapeño, hemp, or even peanut butter cup)... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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