Posts Tagged ‘geeky science blogging’

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What am I writing?

September 4, 2019

 

Like the video “Powers of 10”, but we know more now.

from Colossal

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Where have we traveled?

July 20, 2019

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What am I sappy T Rex blogging?

May 10, 2019

Article from LiveScience – click here to see the animated gif of baby T rex (it is copyrighted, hence the link.)

“It may be hard to imagine towering Tyrannosaurus rex as tiny, but the toothy Cretaceous giant didn’t spring from an egg fully grown. In fact, T. rex hatchlings were about the size of very skinny turkeys, with “arms” that were longer in proportion to their tiny bodies than in adults. And each baby T. rex was covered in a coat of downy feathers.

What’s more, T. rex‘s feathers likely grew along the animal’s head and tail into adulthood, according to new reconstructions that represent the most accurate models of the dinosaur to date. . . . more.”

 

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What am I embroidering?

March 13, 2019

The Embroidered Computer by Irene Posch and Ebru Kurbak doesn’t look like what you might expect when you think of a computer. Instead, the work looks like an elegantly embroidered textile, complete with glass and magnetic beads and a meandering pattern of copper wire. The materials have conductive properties which are arranged in specific patterns to create electronic functions. Gold pieces on top of the magnetic beads flip depending on the program, switching sides as different signals are channeled through the embroidered work.

“Traditionally purely decorative, [the work’s patterns] defines their function,” explained Posch on her website. “They lay bare core digital routines usually hidden in black boxes. Users are invited to interact with the piece in programming the textile to compute for them.”

The piece is a reference to the historic similarity between textile creation and computing, for example the Jacquard loom being an important influence on the evolution of computing hardware. Posch is a researcher and artist with a background in media and computer science who explores the how technological seeps into the fields of art and craft, and Kurbak is an artist and designer who investigates the hidden politics of everyday spaces and routines. You can learn more about their work and partnerships here or here.

from  Colossal

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What am I watching this time?

February 20, 2019
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Why am I saying, “by Jupiter*?”

February 13, 2019

*An ellipsis of a full oath of the form “I swear by Jupiter that…”. (wiki)

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Why am I dizzy?

January 14, 2019

 

Warning:  planets are not to scale!