Science Caturday: A Triumph of Applied Physics

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photo via joyreactor.com

Adventures in Ink and Water

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Inside the Cell, 2013

As I prepare for a big three-artist show in January, I’ve been trying some new materials and techniques, including ink and water on different surfaces.  I was so enthusiastic about some of the results that I was tweeting pictures as I painted, and Glendon Mellow  (aka @Flyingtrilobite) asked me to write a post for Scientific American’s Sci-Art blog, Symbiartic. Buy one here.

Science Caturday: The Latest from CERN

The super-advanced physics kitties at CERN (Chats Européens pour la Recherche Nucléaire) haz some good news and bad news. First the bad news:

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Oops. Luckily, they has builded anofer amazing particle accelerator thingie, and this one will crack it for sure. Introducing the

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Oooooooh, shiny! Stay tuna-ed for moar updates.

photos via Cheezburger.com

The Art of Science: Fujiko Nakaya Creates an Atmosphere

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Foggy Forest, Tokyo, 1992
photo : Shigeo Ogawa

Fujiko Nakaya is the world’s foremost sculptor of fog. And in the sense that it is not really possible to sculpt fog, you could say she has been doing the impossible for over 40 years.

Nakaya began her career in Japan as a painter. But, frustrated with the limitations of painting and inspired by her father, a scientist who is credited with making the first artificial snowflakes, she essentially invented her own medium.  Working with engineers, she developed a system to create and disperse water vapor through pipes to create fog. For her first fog sculpture, she covered the entire Pepsi pavilion at Osaka’s Expo ’70 in fog. Since then, using the same technology, she has created more than 50 fog sculptures in environments ranging from art galleries to bridges to forests.

Using water vapor as a sculptural element is at once simple and profound.  It transfigures the environment, making the familiar seem strange and dreamlike, and then disappears without a trace, absorbed back into the air. The artist says that in ancient Japan, fog was seen as “the breathing of the atmosphere.”

Intriguingly, Nakaya’s latest fog sculpture is set to debut at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, a city famous for fog. Her work will be installed along a pedestrian bridge in the sure-to-be-spectacular new Exploratorium space which will open on April 15 on the Embarcadero waterfront.   As Nakaya explained to ArtNews, “On calm days, fog will bundle on the bridge and gently flow along the canal onto the ocean,” she says. “With a strong wind, it will hoist upward into the sky like a dragon. On humid days, it floats over the water and lingers in tufts. Its ever-changing form is the probe, in real time, of its immediate environment.”

If you can’t make it to San Francisco, here’s a video of Nakaya’s installation Cloud Forest, from 2010.

Science Caturday: Nootrishun Edishun

Looks like some naughty scientists allowed their kitties to test some highly experimental cat food, with regrettable results:

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Another tragic case:

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Some experiments, while not actually harmful, were also unsuccessful:

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Careful what you feed your cats, people.

all photos from Cheezburger.com

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