Posts Tagged ‘geeky science blogging’

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Why am I saying, “The bowling ball or the feather?”

August 16, 2018
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Why am I glassy-eyed?

May 9, 2018

By day, Virgina-based glass artist Kiva Ford fabricates one-of-a-kind glass instruments designed for special applications in scientific laboratories. By night, he retires to his home art studio where he utilizes his vast skillset to create curious glass vessels, miniatures, goblets, and other unusual creations working entirely by hand. Ford says his artistic practice is heavily inspired by his interests in mythology, history, and science.

Ford’s artistic observations of the natural world have begun to merge directly with his scientific glassblowing abilities in a number of new hybrid pieces. In Metamorphosis and Metamorphosis II, we see the sequence of a caterpillar morphing into a butterfly and an egg turning into a frog, all seamlessly encapsulated by handmade glass instruments, evoking the mystery of a ship in a bottle.

You can follow more of Ford’s work on Instagram and he sells hundreds of glass objects—mostly miniatures—through his Etsy shop.

from Colossal

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What am I sappy cat blogging, special edition

April 9, 2018

In the Rheology Bulletin, 83(2) July, 2014, M.A. Fardin from the University of Lyon conducted a study in which he explored the rheological nature of cats concluding that cats can be either liquid or solid depending on their container . . . as described in this excerpt.

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FIG.1:(a) A cat appears as a solid material with a consistent shape rotating and bouncing, like Silly Putty on short timescales. We have De >>1 because the time of observation is under a second. (b)At longer timescales, a cat flows and fills an empty wineglass. In this case we have De <<1. In both cases, even if the samples are different, we can estimate the relaxation time to be in the range τ=1s to 1min. (c-d) For older cats, we can also introduce a characteristic time of expansion and distinguish between liquid (c) and gaseous (d) feline states.[(a)Courtesy of http://cat-bounce.com, (b) http://www.dweebist.com/2009/07/kitten-in-wine-glass/, (c) http://imgur.com/gallery/UuNSR, (d) http://imgur.com/s7JtV%5D
Rheology is, of course, the study of the flow of a material (in this case, cats).  The paper goes on the describe attributes such as the low affinity between cats and water surfaces, the spreading of a cat on a rough surface, and spontaneous rotation of a cat in cylindrical jar.
Fascinating.
see the full article here
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What am I saying about time?

March 13, 2018

from Science Humor

It’s tattoo Tuesday – isn’t it about time?

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What do I think is pretty cool?

March 1, 2018
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Who am I tracking?

February 20, 2018

I see some of these tracks in the snow in my yard – fortunately, not all of them!  Along with lacey, little bird prints.  There is no snow at the moment, but in February in Metropark Centralis, just wait a minute.

And it is Tattoo Tuesday

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What am I building?

January 31, 2018

This remarkable orrery was built by Ken Toonz.  I am amazed.

I am posting this today in honor of the blue moon, blood moon, lunar eclipse that I am sure we will not be able to see in Metropark Centralis, because snow.