19 August 2008

Science art

Three items for y'all:

Via Rivet Pep Squad, I learn about the delightful answer to the age-old question: Can Scientists Dance?

But like all the dancers, Stewart had a second job: to somehow convey his Ph.D. thesis. Before the show, each dancer had about 60 seconds to describe their research to the judges. So this was more than just a dance contest. Folded in was the ability to summarize your work succinctly. In Stewart's case, that work is titled “Refitting repasts: a spatial exploration of food processing, sharing, cooking, and disposal at the Dunefield Midden campsite, South Africa.” His highly stylized chase of an antelope—played by fellow University of Oxford archaeologist Giulia Saltini-Semerari—followed by processing and sharing of the goods, was elegant. “What I most looked for was that scientific ideas came across,” said Gschmeidler. “He did this perfectly.”
So it seems that they can!

Along the same lines, we have a film of the 1971 theatrical presentation Protein Synthesis: An Epic on the Cellular Level.

And last, but not least, you've probably seen the famous plush microbes, but have you seen viral confections?

Update: Nancyblue points us to plush subatomic particles. The strange quark has three eyes!

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