Still Life with Syringe

I really like this still life painting by Bill Sharp: something about the way the paint is loosely applied and the inclusion of a syringe and medicine bottle that communicates something other than the surface details; it has a dream like / hallucinatory feel to it that contrasts nicely with the clinical/sterile content.

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It was pointed out to me that this image could be interpreted to mean that I might not be doing so great. There is no cause for alarm.

The syringe is one that my wife used to measure some of her medications. I always thought it would make an interesting still life object and dropped it into this setup.


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Wellcome Image of the Week: Vesicle Traffic

I love this image posted on the Wellcome trust blog about how cells transport molecules. This particular image is so surreal, almost like a Dali painting.

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B0008197 Vesicle transport at the golgi apparatus

This week the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine was awarded to a trio of researchers whose work unravelled the mystery of how cells transport molecules. Randy Schekman, James Rothman and Thomas Südhof worked on vesicles, the membrane-bound sacks that act as parcels for delivery of molecules such as insulin and neurotransmitters.

The above image is a computer graphic showing vesicle transport at the Golgi apparatus of a eukaryotic cell. The images was produced by Dr Mhairi Towler and Janice Aitken of the University of Dundee, as part of a joint project to look at the use of animation in lectures on cell biology, and as an interactive online teaching aid.

Different vesicles have different functions depending on the molecules they contain. The Golgi apparatus (or Golgi body) is an organelle that is responsible for sorting proteins and lipids by packaging them into vesicles and ensuring they are delivered to the…

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Art, science and technology in harmony

How cool is this!

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Where do science, dance and choreography meet? Muriel Bailly looks into the ideas behind our current Thinking with the Body exhibition.

Science and technology have helped enhance artistic productions since the early beginning of humankind. Already in Ancient Greece, the study of the Golden Ratio by Pythagoras (570-495 BC) and his followers influenced a new generation of artists, among which was Phidias (480-430 BC), who is considered as the greatest sculptor of Classical Greece and is believed to have used the Golden Ratio in many of his sculptures, including the statues of Athena Parthenos and of Zeus at Olympia, which was one the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

In 15th century Italy, the work of the architect and engineer Filippo Brunelleschi demonstrated the geometrical method of perspective, leading to one of the most prolific periods in art history: the Italian Renaissance.

The use of science to…

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