This week’s Feedback column (that I write) in New Scientist magazine has five segments. Here are bits of each of them: Biting biting remarks — …Bite-mark analysis hoo-ha, so far, mostly applies to identifying human biters. Mostly, but not entirely. Enter a new paper called “Forensic determination of shark species as predators and scavengers of sea turtles in […]
“Knitting is usually considered a female activity and females are usually not considered to be inclined to mathematics, or to science in general. Nevertheless mathematical skills are necessary for knitting, because they help to realize symmetries, inversions, scalings and proportions; good abstraction capabilities are indeed needed to figure the final result out and to map […]
Thanks to generous contributions, the Penguin Foundation, of Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia, now no longer requires volunteers to knit sweaters for penguins. [that’s ‘jumpers’ in the UK, Australia, N.Z., Turks and Caicos, Bermuda, Jersey &etc.] “Please know that we do not urgently require little penguin jumpers for rehabilitation, we have a good supply of these […]
The recent Improbable article : ‘Welcome to My Brain‘ profiled the work of Dr. Anne Beate Reinertsen PhD, whose paper ‘Welcome to My Brain’ explained the process of ‘Neuroknitting’ – in particular the knitting of Möbius Bands. In this respect the paper cites the work of Dr. Sarah-marie Belcastro (Research Associate at Smith College and a […]
Dr. Anne Beate Reinertsen PhD is associate professor and post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Education at Nord-Trøndelag University College, Norway. The professor welcomes you to her brain. She offers you this explanation in her paper entitled : ‘Welcome to My Brain’ (in: Qualitative Inquiry, July 12, 2013) “This is about developing recursive, intrinsic, […]
Behold the power of a bacterium and a high school kid and some yarn. Gavi Levy Haskell’s knitted bacterium (mentioned here yesterday, and a few days before that) today is featured on the home page of BMJ, one of the world’s great medical journals.
Investigators Geri Sullivan, Gavi Levy Haskell and Susan Levy Haskell have knitted a gallery full of bacteria, a few varieties of which are shown here. The undertook the project partly in honor of this year’s Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, where the theme is BACTERIA and where everyone will be covered, one way or another, with […]