Shimmering bees

Bees are awesome, right? I recently heard about “Shimmering” on QI, my favourite non-sensical informative TV show. Shimmering can be described as a Mexican wave, a sort of synchronised pulse going through the entire hive to make it look like a single entity to fend off enemies. It looks amazing, check out the video below. […]

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Keeping a clear head

This is a barreley fish with a transparent head. Since their tubular eyes are generally directed upwards to detect the silhouettes of potential prey, evolution provided a kind of panorama ceiling (if you’ve ever been on a Swiss alpine train). Check out the video below. (Header image from Our Breathing Planet)

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Have your maid do it

There are many women in science that you have probably never heard off. Partly there were of course fewer women allowed to be active in the sciences for a long time and there is general an issue related to lack of signature (not just in the sciences, but also the arts, etc), where the work […]

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If your wounds glow in the dark…

During the American Civil War there were stories of soldiers whose wounds would glow in the dark. Doctor’s noted that the wounds showing this phenomenon were healing faster, giving the soldiers a higher chance of survival┬áthan non-glowing wounds. They called the effect “Angel’s Glow”. It took quite a while to figure out what happened there […]

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Eat Offbeat

If you’re suddenly spending a lot of time at home, you might find that much of your day starts revolving around food. If you’re not already scavenging the fridge, your thoughts might drift between whether to order your next meal or make it yourself. I have definitely not exhausted the range of food available in […]

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2020 Art in the Lab

See some art from the lab online: www.artinthelab.com/2020exhibition A particular shout out to my friend Lori Solondz whom I know from Genspace. She’s been working with slime mould and amongst others has made portraits of sexual predators – in the exhibition above we see Harvey Weinstein – to be gobbled up by the slime mould. […]

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Curiosity Stream

Maybe you’ve also already watched everything of conceivable interest on Netflix and Hulu, and even a few things you’d never admit to having watched. Here’s an alternative recently recommended by a friend: Curiosity Stream. Currently only 12 bucks a month. There’s a bunch of stuff from mushrooms, to the microbiome, various animals, diseases, tech, all […]

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Keep calm…

I do not wish to share in the latest panic, but instead urge people to keep their nerves – and common sense. I have created a graphic contribution on the topic, and t-shirts and a few other items with the design can be bought on Society6 and Redbubble. Hopefully the humour won’t go unnoticed, but […]

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Materials in Progress

Sascha Peters and Diana Drewes of Haute Innovation Berlin, have written a wonderful book on new materials and processes for designers and architects. In the US you can get it on Amazon. Sascha and Diana have been such great proponents of my work in the last few years, it has been wonderful working with them. […]

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Open call – Design in a time of urgency

I think this is an open call worth looking at: https://opencall.sciencegallery.com/design Particularly for people in my network, the understanding of what design is and can do, is much wider than that of the average person in design (not to mention the general public). All too often design is confused with styling – I hope this […]

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