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Science by smell

One of the unexpected paths I went down over the course of the last two weeks was to judge the success of a current experiment by smell. A bit over a week ago, I started my bio-cementation experiment using a bacterium that can synthesise urea and calcium ions into calcites – a natural cementation...

Resortecs

First off, “Disruptive Materials” at Interzum 2019 was fantastic. My thanks again to everybody who was part of the organisational team and those who supported my project. I will upload some images soon. At the congress I met a super smart young man called Cedric Vanhoeck, founder of Resortecs. He and his team developed a...

A/D/O Water Futures

You can still see the A/D/O Water Futures closing exhibition in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, until April 25th. Very happy for my friends Shneel Malik, Brenda Parker, and Laura Stoffels who won first prize in the category “Future Systems and Infrastructure”. Vote on your personal favourite from all category winners here....

The many-headed larva

A random discovery for this week, the larva of the moth Uraba lugens, also known as the Mad Hatterpillar. Fantastically creepy, the larva keeps the shell of its head, every time it sheds its exoskeleton; resulting in what can only be described as an extravagant hat. Picture by Sunayana Rammohan, Twitter @savebutterflies....

Another treasure

“Photographs of British Algae” by Anna Atkins is another treasure from the past. Atkins is possibly the first woman photographer and thought to be the first person to publish a book with photographic illustrations. As a Victorian, she obviously was into her algae – aren’t we all?! The book is accessible in the New...

New donation page

Dear readers of this blog, I am scrambling for funding for my projects and have therefore created a donations page. Anyone who thinks my work is worthwhile can make a donation, no matter how small – everything is appreciated. The “donate” button, will open a Paypal interface; you do not need Paypal, a debit...

On Growth and Form

While reading up on biomineralisation, the book “On Growth and From” from 1917 came up as a reference. It features some “out-there”, but skillful, illustrations, topped up with a bunch of formulae and graphs. I am most curious to read this at some point to see which hypotheses from back then still hold and...