Tag Archives: art

Choose Your Coffee Wisely

1 May

Microbe Painting

20 Apr

While in college, I spent a few years working at an art gallery. I absolutely loved it. It was an excuse to get out of the lab and meet people, and many artists appreciated my insatiable passion and constant pursuit of what I loved, even if they didn’t know what the hell a Gram’s stain was. Either they appreciated it, or lovingly put up with it. Either way, it rocked.
Right before one of my coworkers left to pursue greener pastures in another state, he painted me this incredibly adorable microbe painting.

I want to hug it forever!
^_^

You Are Here

17 Apr


(Found on Pintrest)

Science Last Supper

14 Apr

Continental Cuddling

11 Apr

Light Up Your Wardrobe

10 Apr

I’m bringing up Becky Stern once again, because I believe she is an adorable crafting angel sent from another dimension to bring science and happiness to the world.

Today’s topic: Light-up shoes

The video gives great instruction, and here is a step-by-step overview (so you aren’t constantly juggling shoes and fabric and needles and fire while trying to watch the video).


Needless to say, the end result is super cute, and makes me want to make a pair so I can pretend my feet are fireflies.

Delightfully Vintage STD Posters

27 Mar

I love these! If I ever have an office, I am going to print and frame some of these and hang them up. Or maybe I’ll just hang them up in my home.
Of course, that might freak out any potential boyfriends.
But it would be totally worth it.

Click here for more information on these posters, including artist and era.

Glass E.coli

26 Mar

Glass E.coli sculpture makes me swoon with delight.

Etsy Find: NBDesigns

26 Mar

I love finging science-themed artists on Etsy! NBDesigns features designs that perfectly balance talent, adorableness, and delight.
Their products include:
Bacterium earrings, complete with adorable monotrichous flagella and organelles.

Bacteriophage earrings

DNA Electrophoresis Ladder earrings

Erlenmeyer Flask of Love, complete with a itty bitty heart.

Petri Dish earrings


A microbiology charm necklace, featuring a bacterium, a heart flask, and a petri dish.

A necklace of a macrophage eating an itty bitty heart

And, because I am a complete coffee addict, I have to include these awesome golden coffee bean earrings.
 If I brewed them, would they taste like art?

Nerd Nouveau

20 Mar

Beautiful art nouveau Serenity posters from Quantum Mechanix.



All of then are so beautiful. They also made posters for Reverand Book and Saffron.

And for you Dr. Who Fans (via the Internet, not QM):

Hugs

19 Mar


 It’s a scientific fact that hugs are what keeps us alive.

More cute drawings can be found at I Love Doodle

Microscopy Monday {No.2}

19 Mar

Cells from the trabecular meshwork of a pig’s eye. The trabecular meshwork assists in draining the aqueous humor, the fluid between the lens and the cornea, (20x)

Image by Carmen Laethem, Aerie Pharmaceuticals.

Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Batman!!!! (On Dinosaurs)

17 Mar


 Art by Joe Carr (at least the first three. The last one was found on a different site and uncredited). Prints can be found at his Society6 page.

Dalek Propoganda

16 Mar

 

A creation by Francesco Francavilla

Designing Disorder

12 Mar

Talented designer Graphic Patrick, whose work and inspiration can also be found here, decided to challenge himself by designing posters of mental disorders. He took serious mental conditions, which are hard enough to fully describe in words, and with creative use of simple color, shapes, and space, successfully created series of graphic representations.

I absolutely love them. The depression one is quite powerful, and the narcolepsy one always makes me giggle (A close family member has it, and I will admit, it’s a pretty hilarious disorder. Except when they fall asleep while driving.)
I would love to see him tackle ADD/ADHD

Molecular Machines

11 Mar

I love this video, for so many reasons.
I love how he makes a point to talk about the importance of art in scientific research and education. Because of their tiny size, accurate artistic representation is the best tool science currently has to convey how molecule interact and behave.
I love how it gives one of the best scale perspectives of DNA and chromosomes that I’ve ever seen. Simply breathtaking.
And I love how he focuses on the specific fibers and signaling proteins, demonstrating how amazing our adorable little molecular machines are.
It’s a nine minute video, and worth every second of your time.
Enjoy!

Lichtenberg Lightning Trees

9 Mar

Lichtenberg figures, also known as “Lightning Trees, are beautiful branching patterns that occur when an electrical charge is exposed to an insulating material. They have been found in grassy meadows, golf courses, sand, soil, and even human skin after a lightning strike. When a person is hit by lightening, the passage of the electrical current from the lightning discharge as it flashes over the skin can rupture small capillaries under the skin, resulting in a Lichtenberg figure, or “lightning flower.”

Winston Kemp is one such soul who gained a Lichtenberg figure after being struck by lightning. While they often fade after a while, his has seemed to scarred over.


Some people even manage to capture Lichtenberg figures and make them into art.


Click here if you’re interested in learning more about Lichtenberg figures, as well as learn how to make your own.

Science Quickies

9 Mar

And now, a round up of articles that I meant to get around to posting, but forgot about or got distracted, and decided that linking them would be way easier instead.

Creating art with sound and sand. Capturing the beauty of acoustic physics.

MIT students can now become pirates. Yaaaaarg.

6 Terrifying Creatures Science Just Discovered. I personally think the devil worm is amazing. Also, the article has a bit of a misleading statement: Cryptococcus gattii, as fellow mycology nerds will know, is not newly discovered. What they’re referencing is a relatively newly discovered strain of C. gattii, reported in 2010.

The newly discovered 42 foot, 1.3 ton ancient snake is actually pretty damn awesome, and I sorta want one. The picture comparing the vertebrae of it vs. an anaconda really shows you how big this snake was.  

Oldest Organism With Skeleton Discovered in Australia. Can we say d’awww?

Simply possessing an extra gene makes adorable lab mice thinner and cancer-free. Not your average cancer research article.

Lower jaw shape reflects dietary differences between human populations. Excuse me as I gratify my inner anthropology nerd.

Wedding Present

8 Mar

I found this sheer thing of squirrely beauty, and immediately had to show it one of my dearest friends, who is currently planning her wedding.

Me: “I think I should get you guys this as a wedding gift.”
Liz: “No! Words cannot express how much he and I don’t want squirrel lamps… upcycled or not.”
Me: ‎”What if they had a bird on them? Oooh, or were made of birds?!”
Liz: “No. Why on earth would you want to give a vegetarian couple a lamp made of dead squirrels?”
Me: “Because it’s hilarious.”

Some people simply can’t appreciate a perfectly good squirrel lamp. What else are we going to do with all our dead rodents? I bet they only mildly smell like road kill. Which is probably considered a redneck aphrodisiac in Georgia. And there’s two of them, so it’s a perfect his-and-hers wedding present.

After she so adamantly rejected the idea, I looked into purchasing them, because there is no such thing as taking a joke too far when it comes to taxidermy and electrical engineering.

The lamps are made by British artist Alex Randall. Unfortunately, they are priced at £820, which Google tells me is about $2054.82.
Which I currently do not have.
(Yet).

One day, Liz… one day.

Fiber Anatomy

7 Mar

Recently a friend of mine introduced me to the work of Karine Jollet, an exceptionally talented french fiber artist who, among other things, creates anatomical fiber sculptures of impressive detail and beauty.

My absolute favorite is the heart and circulatory system (I’ve always been a blood girl), particularly because it shows the duality of the circulatory system and includes wonderful details of the heart. I would love to see her do a sculpture of a cross section of the heart, showing the ventricles and atria. ❤