Art and science are intertwined

“Almost all Nobel laureates in the sciences are actively engaged in arts as adults. They are twenty-five times as likely as average scientist to sing, dance, or act; seventeen times as likely to be an artist; twelve times more likely to write poetry and literature; eight times more likely to do woodworking or some other craft; four times as likely to be a musician; and twice as likely to be a photographer.”Bob Root-Bernstein, Ph. D., physiologist and MacArthur Fellow. (Via S.C. Kavassalis)


Woman who attacked Gauguin painting has a radio in her head


“I feel that Gauguin is evil. He has nudity and is bad for the children. He has two women in the painting and it’s very homosexual. I was trying to remove it. I think it should be burned. I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.” — Susan Burns, art critic.

Looks like Michele Bachmann has some serious competition for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination!

Meet Pluto-kun, the world’s cutest plutonium mascot


Pink Tentacle has a post about Pluto-kun, created by Japan’s Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation in the 1990s. The helium-voiced fellow stars in a “pro-nuclear PR cartoon entitled ‘Pluto-kun, Our Reliable Friend.’ The aim of the animated film, which features the company mascot Pluto-kun, is to dispel some of the fears surrounding plutonium.”

[4:00] Misconception #2 — Pluto-kun addresses the fear that plutonium is deadly and causes cancer. Plutonium’s danger to the human body stems from the alpha radiation it emits. Because alpha radiation is relatively weak, it does not penetrate the skin, and plutonium is not absorbed into the body if it comes into contact with skin. He explains that you would not die instantly if you were to drink plutonium. If swallowed, the vast majority simply passes through the digestive tract without being absorbed. If it enters the blood stream (through a cut, for example) it cannot be removed easily from the body. It accumulates in the lymph nodes before ending up in the bones or liver, where it continues emitting alpha radiation. Plutonium can also get into the liver or bones if it is inhaled into the lungs. It is important not to breathe it in or allow it to enter the blood stream.

[6:00] No human is ever known to have died because of inhaling or ingesting plutonium. [7:00] Pluto-kun explains what would happen if criminals dumped plutonium into a reservoir that provides our drinking water. Plutonium is heavy and it does not dissolve easily in water, so most of it would sink to the bottom. Even if you were to drink plutonium-laced water everyday, the vast majority of it would simply pass through the digestive system without being absorbed by the body.

Cute ‘Pluto-kun’ cartoon dispels plutonium fears

Rube Goldberg photobooth

Alex Crawford and Austin Nelson, graduate students at Pratt, built a “Rube Goldberg Photobooth” for their Multimedia Installation class project. From Architizer:

We had both always wanted to build a Rube Goldberg machine but never had a good reason to and we could also never find anyone else interested in spending a lot of time and energy building a machine that is basically pointless. This was the perfect opportunity! We spent about 30 hours building it and the result is a process that lasts about 30 seconds. Time well spent, I believe.”

“Rube Goldberg Photobooth” (Thanks, Mathias Crawford!)

Famous artists’ apartments

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(Laura Levine photo)

 Wp-Content Uploads 2011 04 Karl-Lagerfeld-3 New York Magazine published an interesting slideshow showing the Manhattan apartments of some well-known artists, from Robert Rauschenberg’s loft in 1953 to William S. Burroughs’s bunker, c. 1978. Flavorwire riffed on the slideshow with their own, combining their faves from the New York Magazine piece with a few from outside the Big Apple. Above, Keith Haring and Juan Dubose in their Broome Street apartment, 1983. Left, fashion designer and photo book collector Karl Lagerfeld’s living room.
The New York Apartment: The Perpetual Garret (New York Magazine)

Creative Habitation: Inside Artists’ Living Spaces(Flavorwire)

Travis Louie and Kris Kuksi at Roq La Rue Gallery

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235 Star Trek characters in pixel form, all on one poster


John Martz says:

Trexels is a limited edition print from John Martz and Koyama Press featuring 235 of your favourite Star Trek characters (give or take a few Tribbles) in pixelated form. The print, an edition of 300, will debut at the MoCCA Festival in New York City, April 9th and 10th, 2011 (I’ll only have 25 of them with me). Following the festival, the majority of the prints will be available for sale here on my site (with a few copies reserved for TCAF and SDCC).

More info here. (via BB Submitterator, thanks Hamster King)