Progress in academic maggot painting (part 1 of 3)

Alison Bockoven is currently a Ph.D. Student at the Entomology Department of Texas A&M University. When she’s not investigating the extent, mechanisms and consequences of genetic variation in foraging traits in the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta), she finds time to create artworks using maggots covered in (non-toxic) paint. The video above shows how […]

A Bosch painting as a metaphor for theoretical physics

The In The Dark blog presents a metaphor for modern theoretical physics: [This is] the painting that I often use to introduce cosmology talks. I usually use this piece of Hieronymus Bosch Das letzte Gericht (The Last Judgement) to illustrate my feelings about the standard cosmological model: The top part represents the concordance cosmology. It clearly features an eminent cosmologist surrounded […]

Remove a Nail, and the Painting Falls Off the Wall

An all-star team of computer scientists has come up with better ways to remove paintings from museum (or any other) walls). The team includes Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) member Erik Demaine [pictured here] and RSA Security co-founder Ron Rivest. Their study is: “Picture-Hanging Puzzles,” Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, Yair N. […]