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Fourty-four years ago this week, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey premiered in a D.C. theater. SciArt Saturday celebrates Kubrick's legacy with an homage to the sci-fi genre, futuristic technology, and a whole lot of space.
Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
- Take a tour through the universe with Brian Cox as your guide. On your iPad, of course.
- The original 2001: A Space Odyssey program.
- Google's 'Project Glass' is making headlines this week with a possible foray into augmented reality. I enjoyed this take on it much more.
- This year's Space Foundation Art Contest asked kids to draw what they think space looks like. In other news, I have lost all confidence in being able to artistically outperform a gradeschooler.
- NASA's solar instrument flips around twice a year to adjust its calculations, or else the sun does a barrel roll when we're not looking.
- Maybe you don't have to worry about HAL9000, but there are still all sorts of crazy lab machines out to get you.
- At this London Nitro-Ice Cream Parlor, a man in a labcoat prepares your ice cream with liquid nitrogen and hands it to you in a beaker. Wishing I were British (but really, that's nothing new).
- Favorite find of the week: Ian Frazier discusses Dutch kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen, who Frazier profiled for the New Yorker last year. For 21 years, Jansen has sent his wind-powered sculptures crawling and walking (yes, walking) down the beach. His creations are chilling and wonderful to watch.
- Krulwich Wonders takes you out into space for the sights and sounds of the trip (another favorite Krulwich piece on the demise of a Soviet cosmonaut).
- Some advertisers are taking full advantage of the GoogleMaps era to promote their companies.
- If you must see Titanic's timely (?) rerelease in theaters, at least now you can appreciate accurate on-screen starfields thanks to Neil Degrasse Tyson. Tyson was only vocalizing what Rose was thinking the whole time, I'm sure.
- DNA and basic genetics in a graphic novel; ever since I picked up a copy of Feynman (which is phenomenal, even to someone like me who hasn't read much more than Maus), I've liked the idea of explaining science and history in visual form.
- In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Romneyn Beck Hough collected and mounted specimens of wood sections from every tree he could find in a book. The original copy will run you an incredible $30,000, or you could pay about a thousand times less and see all the scans in a new edition.
- MIT's neuroscience and computer science departments are looking for help in mapping the retinal connectome, and they're appealing to the citizen scientists with an online game called Eyewire.
- Photographer Patrick Gries envisions a gorgeous, monochrome world stripped bare to its bones while scientist Jean-Baptiste de Panefieu explains the evolution behind it.
- One scientist doodle a day, with biographical information.
- A set of chemical glassware is repurposed for tea.
- I really like these entomological illustrations I found this morning --monographs dating all the way back to 1630.
- This BBC interactive feature lets you dive to the bottom of the ocean, no worries.
- A couple of organic chemists from Rice University synthesized a class of anthropomorphic compounds back in 2003. They took a hint from Jonathan Swift and called them the NanoPutians. I don't really know how this thesis came to be (or how it came to be in The Journal of Organic Chemistry), but I'll stop asking questions for a moment and just enjoy molecular beings dancing across my screen.
- A phylogenetic history of The Legend of Zelda? Hmm.
- It's kind of interesting to find my evolution lesson from a few weeks ago embedded in a comic about the evolution of altruism and 'cheaters'.
- I guess they make plushies of everything now.
- The spontaneous appearance of a starling flock surprises a group in a canoe, and I can't stop watching with them. The birds form into a single, two-dimensional plane that twists around itself; it thrashes about, breaks apart, and finally becomes whole again as it floats away over the trees.