When art is literally a science experiment

So, I’m no materials scientist, but this is [these are?] some cool-looking data: That’s right. The above work of abstract art doubles as polymers research—more specifically, “an exploration of the fluid, gel, and paste properties of acrylics and acrylic media.” According to the artist, Regina Valluzzi: The transparency of acrylic media, combined with a wide variety of viscoelastic

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Protein Structure and Folding Captured in Sculpture

What happens when an artist is formally trained in quantum mechanics? Julian Voss-Andreae. Julian Voss-Andreae is an artist from Germany who now lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He received an undergraduate degree in physics and graduate training in quantum mechanics. In the above sculpture, Julian featured the hemoglobin protein: the molecule that carries oxygen from

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Protein Portraits: An art class for science nerds

Wouldn’t it be cool if there were such thing as a hybrid science-art class? At Oregon State University, there is! It’s an undergraduate honors course called Protein Portraits, taught by Phil McFadden and described by the same as: The Oregon State University Honors College course that adds paint brushes and plaster of Paris to the toolkit

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Poems on demand by the Typewriter Troubadour

Last weekend, a street poet in Bend, Oregon wrote a $4 poem about science. While walking around downtown and waiting for a table to open up at Deschutes Brewery on my badly needed vacation, I passed by a guy with a typewriter and a sign saying, “Custom Poems–Your Subject, Your Price.” The present customer, a woman with two young daughters, was

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A Very Nerdy Love Poem

As promised, I have some poems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s lit magazine Rune to share with you. This first one is a love poem written by Allan Ko, who runs one of several student blogs featured on the MIT Admissions website. Allan’s blog is really awesome; it gives some cool insights into what it’s like to be an aerospace engineering undergrad

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The National Science Foundation GRFP Algorithm — A Python Game.

Have you ever received the scores for your GRFP application and thought, “One of these reviewers is not like the others”? If you are unfamiliar with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), this post probably won’t make much sense. But I’ll give a little background anyway. The NSF awards 2,000 of

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Short stories written in programming languages

So, I had this idea the other day: short stories written in programming languages. And of course, as with most good ideas, it’s already been done. I’m working on a couple of code stories in Perl, but in the meantime, here are some cool ones I found on GitHub: ________ I. Two stories by José Reyna in Python: love_story.py

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