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staceythinx:

Resonance by Kendall Buster and Siemon Allen is a site-specific sculpture commissioned for The Frick Chemistry Lab at Princeton University.

About the project:

The title Resonance might be read in one of two ways. Given that they are not identical units, but rather discrete structures with a kind of kinship, the individual sculptural forms are resonant with each other. As a group they resonate throughout the massive open space; a single form becoming multiplied, the visual effect intensified and prolonged.

The interconnected ovoid semi-transparent forms were in part inspired by models used to represent molecular structures.

kqedscience:

The Biggest Junk Science of 2013 - 2013: The Worst of the Worst
“As 2013 draws to a close, RealClearScience will be counting down the top 10 science stories of 2013 — the stories that awed you, affected you, and made you rethink what was possible.
But let us not forget the stories that did just the opposite — the stories that irked you, disgusted you, and made you want to cry, “BS!”

kqedscience:

The Biggest Junk Science of 2013 - 2013: The Worst of the Worst
As 2013 draws to a close, RealClearScience will be counting down the top 10 science stories of 2013 — the stories that awed you, affected you, and made you rethink what was possible.

But let us not forget the stories that did just the opposite — the stories that irked you, disgusted you, and made you want to cry, “BS!”

skeptv:

Crash Course Chemistry #41 - Alkenes & Alkynes

via thecrashcourse:

Today Hank talks about the deliciousness of alkenes & alkynes, their structures, and how to remember which is which by simply knowing the alphabet. Also, he breaks down hydrogenation, halogenation, polymerization, and triglycerides all while helping us figure out the meaning of different names for fats.

arsanatomica:

Most people think of the skull as a single bone, with a detached lower law. In reality, the skull is comprised of a number of smaller bones that fuse during development. It’s a primitive feature, whispering through the proliferation of osteoclasts, of an ancient arms race and a story of segmented bodies gliding through endless silent seas.

These days, most mammals, birds etc, have fairly solid skulls, but the further you go down in the evolutionary latter, the looser skulls become. 

Fish skulls are mostly still made up of loosely connected bones, that often breakdown into their components when cleaned for study. “Articulation” is art of making sense of it all and putting it all back together.  

This is a Cutlass fish skull. 

Cutlass fish are large eel-like fish that swim vertically, darting upwards to grab prey with their very large fangs.

Here’s a closeup of the fangs. They’re razor-sharp on the leading edge and barbed, making it difficult for prey to escape. 

stufftoblowyourmind:

The scale of the solar system. You know, for kids.

newyorknative:

Cubump (by ucumari)

newyorknative:

Cubump (by ucumari)

Scientific evidence rape jokes cause rape.

analytical-bird:

Well, shit.

from89:

Sticky Bamboo Installation by Hongtao Zhou + Graduate Students

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