The mod way to build cities, farm crops, maintain animal herds, avoid skeletons AND LEARN, now, in classrooms.
Home Sweet Home
Usually plastic and the environment do not go hand in hand, but artist Aki Inomata uses plastic to create an environment for her little pet hermit crabs in “Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?” (2009, 2010-2013).
With the help of CT scanning to render a three-dimensional model of an empty shell, Inomata creates her base and then builds houses atop these shell renderings. These architectural wonders mimic the style of popular dwellings, from Tokyo house-style to Paris apartments.
With these plastic hermit crab habitats, Inomata wanted to explore not only the hermit crab’s adaptability to new surroundings, but how we adapt as well. Immigration, relocation, even acquiring a new identity or nationality is more or less the human version of growing out of a shell, and finding a new one to call ‘home’.
Not only is this series an amazing symbolic representation of our will to adapt, but also a fun way to learn more about the life and physiology of the hermit crab, as the dwellings are completely see-through. Have you ever wondered what a hermit crab’s body looks like inside its shell?
A video of both the hermit crabs in action and how the artist came about designing the shells can be found here.
3-D print me an RV?
And YOU thought YOUR summer was colder than usual !!!
As part of the Juneau Icefield Research Program, students skied to camp for this overnight trip.
Researcher Don Voigt and graduate student Kiya Riverman, with Penn State’s Ice and Climate Exploration program, made learning an adventure for students in this summer program.
Yes, the dinosaur is Photoshopped, but Goldblum is not.
Speak up! Just sayin’.
She posted a comment on their Facebook page. What will you do?
A great example of science art reaching out to the public. If you’re in Dulles airport outside Washington, D.C. before the end of November, check out these amazing “microscapes.” Or, you can visit the slideshow provided by Science News magazine for a sneak peak!
This image just slams us! Wow.
Spark is creating the next generation of power cells – batteries that bend – with a fraction of the volume and weight of the ones we use today.
Many Penn State undergrads like Spark work beside great researchers and are making the discoveries that will change our tomorrows. This is just one of the reasons that Spark came from Shanghai China (by way of Atchison, Kansas) to be a part of the #PennStateFamily. #PennStateProud !
Twins and robot toys teach.
Medievalpoc Presents: History of POC in Math and Science Week, 8-3-14 through 8-9-14!
Medievalpoc’s first Patreon Milestone Goal has been reached, and the History of POC in Math and Science Week is happening soon! This all-new themed week will focus on the contribution of people of color to the fields of mathematics, science, physics, medicine, natural philosophy, and much, much more!
There will be a focus on primary documents with interactive elements, visual and documentary evidence, innovators and their biographies, and notable personages of color from the Islamic Golden Age, Medieval Europe, African Empires and Universities, Asian images and texts, and discussion about early modern globalization regarding how this knowledge traveled.
If you have an article, image, document, or commentary you would like to submit, here’s your chance to weigh in on this topic! Please use the “Math and Science Week” and any other relevant tags for your submission, and I look forward to hearing about your favorite mathematicians and scientists of color!
Raise the cheer!
It certainly looks like our Penn State University Nittany Lion mascot rocked the MascotInsider Favorite Mascot of the Year contest.
In fact, it looks like he rocked ALL CATEGORIES, but we’re waiting for confirmation.
Thanks, Tumblrs, for your support.
We are told it is National Lipstick Day.
Scientifically speaking, have you considered what is in lipstick, how often it is applied, how much is eaten and what effect it could have on you?
Hmmmm… It’s worth some research. Let us know what you discover??