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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Ah, the sweet smell (taste) of science!

For someone who has a side hobby of trying to destroy gummy bears in scientific ways, I like that other people have found sweet ways to display science!

First, a recent find is Not So Humble Pie,  curated by a "typical nerdy biological anthropologist turned stay at home mom and baker of sometimes strange goodies". Look at what she makes!!!

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I LOVE the creativity and the execution. Lab mice models (PETA cannot be upset about these!) I wonder what she was testing the LD 50 of? And DNA gel electrophoresis cookies! Just amazing. She has petri dishes, a containment suit and a few other common biological models employed including zebra fish and Drosophila melanogaster. Many of us sciency geeks from the Science Online conference have inundated her with ideas for other amazing science cookies. Personally, I'd like to see all 6 different types of blood cells baked to scale!

Don't forget to see her "Science Cookie Roundup" I am such a fan!

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Artist Kevin Val Aelst takes everyday items and gives them a scientific twist. I just fell in love with everything from a QT interval shaped part in someone's hair to an apple bitten out of to demonstrate the globe

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Who knew mitosis could be so delicious?

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How can I not love a FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization) chromosome map replicated in gummy worms?

And despite the grotesqueness of viewing already been chewed gum (ABC), the digestive tract is quite clever. And don't ask me if gum stays in the digestive tract for seven years, I have no idea. (But I doubt it!)

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Now that you've consumed so many calories just by viewing this post, be sure to exercise them off. Sports is a great way to do that. With the Winter Olympics coming up soon, wouldn't it be awesome if you knew the science behind the games? As you can guess, you are in luck! 

You will want to check this out! NBC has a page called Olympic Science

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Overall I think the videos are good, but felt there could be a bit more explanation, including actually DEFINING angular momentum and other such terms, but I'd say this is a good series if you have some basics in your pocket!

 

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For those of you with a more avant garde taste in things, the next photo is definitely edgy. Mind you I am not recommending this to anyone, just sharing an amazing nerdy way to get 32 corset piercings down your back--in the shape of DNA! I can only imagine it would be difficult to sleep or sit with this arrangement, but hey, I totally appreciate the "science" of it!

Are you ready to say "ouch"?

 

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I didn't add a link to this image, but it originally came from a site called 'Deviant Art'. Go there at your own risk. Some of the images are amazing, but may be questionable depending on your sensibilities.

 

Until next time! 

Kindly, Joanne

 

 

 

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