IAN MCQUE | CONCEPT ART: iPad sketch →
Ok, now I officially have iPad envy!!! I’ve been thinking for a while how cool it would be to have an iPad to sketch with. I have the Brushes App on my iPhone and have a lot of fun sketching while waiting for stuff to happen (waiting for the bus, waiting to meet people…) but have thought more than once that a larger screen would be nice. image: Ian McQue’s Concept Ship,...
The Nation’s Science Report Card Is Out, and It’s... →
Biodiversity Heritage Library →
What a resource! I just discovered the Biodiversity Heritage Library - an online, open-access library that has digitized over 32 million pages of taxonomic literature from 45,000 books! Cha-CHING! Bookmarked. And just to give you a little taste of the deliciousness that awaits, I’m including some snappies from Dumeril’s Erpétologie générale, ou, Histoire naturelle complète des reptiles...
200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes →
Thanks to B. Griswold and his post at the GNSI blog for drawing my attention to this video of Swedish statistician Hans Rosling’s innovative way of graphing world prosperity and health. I can’t vouch for his acting style (gulp!) but the animation is way cool. One minor beef: maybe I need to work on my listening skills, but I did not retain which colors corresponded to which...
The world's first scientific video journal →
Neat article in Scientific American about extracting spider silk glands from black widows. But that’s not the cool part - The scientists pioneering this technique published it in the world’s first and only scientific video journal, the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). How awesome is that!?!? The implications for research are profound. In our own lab over the last year, we...
Star Walk - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide for iPhone,... →
If you have any doubt of the power that art has when used to serve science, check out this spectacular iPhone/iPad app called Star Walk. It’s part of a group of software called “augmented reality” in which the software responds in real time to its surroundings, essentially giving you a guided tour of your surroundings. For the Star Walk, this means you can tilt your iPad towards...
BibliOdyssey: Sketchbook of the Dinosaur Builder →
Nice post on Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, an artist and sculptor who collaborated with Sir Richard Owen on numerous reconstructions of dinosaurs in the 1800s. Highlighted here are images from his sketchbook - love that style!