Julius Popp’s “BIT.FALL” offers up a waterfall of words. (Photo courtesy of the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin.)
How BIT.FALL works: A machine creates words composed of tiny water droplets that fall like rain from the ceiling. The words may seem random, but they’re actually quite timely. A computer trawls news websites and uses a statistical algorithm to select the words.
The installation is part of an exhibit called “Surface Tension” that focuses on water: its movement, its growing scarcity, its contaminants, and its power to heal. More.
Dirty art: Every piece in “Swept Away”, an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, is made up made of dirt, dust, trash, or pollution. (Photo: Detail of “Flora,” Phoebe Cummings, 2010.From Museum of Art and Design / Sylvain Deleu)
There is quilt made of lint, a dust-covered cleaning cloth molded into the shape of a skull, and sculptures of crows burned to charcoal and smeared all over the place. There’s also a “dirt map” — an 8x10-foot plastic tray filled with 15 years of soil samples. More.
Studio 360 has redesigned the teacher. Gone are apples and chalkboards — in comes a whole new look. More and listen here.
Studio 360 recruited design firm Hyperakt to redesign the image of teachers. The agency said it was important to show that, “teachers weren’t just dictators of knowledge, but as guides they help students connect the dots.”
Image of fruitfly (Drosophila melanogaster) ovaries and uterus made using the fluorescence technique by Gunnar Newquist of the University of Nevada, Reno. (Seventh place in the 2011 Olympus BioScapes competition.)
Microscopes have been at the core of scientific discovery for hundreds of years and as soon as it became possible to aim a camera through the microscopes, the first photomicrographs were made. Techniques available to micrographers have expanded and digital photography has made the production of photomicrographs far less expensive.
Competitions sponsored by Nikon and Olympus promote the work of a thriving community of professionals and enthusiasts seeking beauty through the lenses of their microscopes. More micrographic art here.
If you like bluegrass music, you should know about the Carolina Chocolate Drops. But even if you don’t, their story, and that of African American banjo music, is something to pay attention to. I’ve been loving their music since I first heard of them.