11 September 2009

Darwin Corn Maze

I visited Mike's Corn Maze in Sunderland, MA last year and had a lot of fun, so I checked to see what the theme of the maze is this year. To my delight, it's a Charles Darwin corn maze in celebration of his 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of The Origin of Species! I can't wait to visit, too bad its raining this weekend. Learn more about this year's maze on their website, and if you're in the area, I promise a good time.


09 September 2009

Punnett Squares

This comic from xkcd made me giggle. While I haven't physically drawn out punnett squares, I do admit to thinking about the chances my potential offspring have of inheriting certain traits.


08 September 2009

Meet the Elements

I've been looking forward to They Might Be Giant's new album, "Here Comes Science" because I'm always on the lookout for songs about biology. Well my wait is over, below is a very cute video for their song "Meet the Elements" and if that isn't enough, you can listen/watch another video for the song "Science is real" on Amazon.


06 September 2009

Glass microbiology

Artist Luke Jerram has made some stunning glass sculptures/models of viruses: smallpox, HIV, SARS. Or if bacteria are more your speed, he has an E. coli sculpture as well. Below is a picture of his swine flu sculpture and you can view all of them on his site.
(Via The Loom)


23 August 2009

Plush cell model

ChrysN made a nice (and educational) tutorial on how to sew a plush cell including the organelles. I think this would be a great project to make with kids or a good way to remember all your cell parts for a biology test.

You could easily modify this to be a plant cell too, by adding a cell wall, some chloroplasts, and a nice big vacuole (similar to the plant cell brooch I made). I might make one of these as a throw pillow for my couch.
(Via Craft)


08 April 2009

If TV Science was more like real science

From PhD Comics.
So very true.


27 March 2009

Earth Hour

Tomorrow night (March 28th) is Earth Hour - show your support for taking action on climate change by turning off your lights for one hour starting at 8:30pm at your local time. From the Earth Hour website (Global, US):

"What is Earth Hour?
-Earth Hour is World Wildlife Fund's global initiative where individuals, businesses and governments turn off their lights for one hour to show their support for action on climate change.
-Earth Hour is a symbolic event designed to engage people from all walks of life in the climate change discussion to send a strong message to our political leaders that we want them to take meaningful action on climate change.
-The largest climate event in history where millions of people around the world will unite by turning off their lights for one hour, Earth Hour, to demand action on the climate crisis.
When is Earth Hour?
-Earth Hour 2009 takes place on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm–local time.
-Just like New Years Eve, Earth Hour will travel from time zone to time zone starting at 8:30pm in New Zealand."
There's lots of information of the website about how to get involved and tools to help spread the word.


24 March 2009

Comb Alone

I just watched a re-run of Good Eats, "Pantry Raid IV - Comb Alone".
It was a pretty interesting introduction to how honey is made. I did not know that when bees return to the hive with their nectar they use their honey stomach to ingest and regurgitate the nectar a number of times until it is partially digested. Hence honey is born. Mmmm, bee barf - or as Alton Brown states it "bee backwash".
I found a clip on the show on YouTube, give it a watch.