All posts tagged with art in science

Link: The beauty of invasive species

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is running an article by Carolyn Beans that profiles the work of Ellie Irons: “Science and Culture: Painting ...

Link: Remembering a dinosaur dictionary

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I really like this post from Matt Wedel, reminiscing about a book that made a big difference to his start on the path toward paleontology: “The New Dinosaur ...

Photo: An early Neandertal life rendering

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One of the earliest artist renderings of a Neanderthal (1887), published in a magazine called The Open Court, which was dedicated to the dialogue between rel...

Photo: Neandertal engraving in Gorham’s Cave

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From my trip to Gibraltar last week for the 2015 Calpe Conference, a photo from deep within Gorham’s Cave of the famous engraving from Mousterian layers attr...

Link: Touring the new facsimile of Chauvet

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Smithsonian Magazine sent Joshua Hammer to tour the new facsimile recreation of Chauvet Cave, which is called Caverne du Pont d’Arc: “Finally, the Beauty of ...

Link: National Geographic ancient art article

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National Geographic dedicated part of its January 2015 issue to the origin of art. The longread article by Chip Walter is now available online: “First Artist...

Link: Photographing Chauvet

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In Proof, the National Geographic photography blog, Stephen Alvarez describes his experience photographing the famous cave art of Chauvet Cave for the Januar...

Coding artistic influence in design space

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The Physics ArXiv blog serves up the kind of art-science intersection I usually link to: When A Machine Learning Algorithm Studied Fine Art Paintings, It Saw...

The art of Homo erectus

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Josephine Joordens and colleagues describe the utilization of freshwater mussels by ancient humans at Trinil, Java. The Trinil fossils were recovered by Euge...

Notable: Ancient rock art from Sulawesi

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Notable paper: Aubert M, Brumm A, Ramli M, Sutikna T, Saptomo EW, Hakim B, Morwood MJ, van den Burgh GD, Kinsley L, Dosseto A. (2014). Pleistocene cave art f...

A profile of John Gurche

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The Mail and Guardian has a nice article about the work of John Gurche, written by Sarah Wild: “The next best thing to a time machine”. Gurche is doing a gue...

Profile of artist Ray Troll

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Ray Troll is one of my favorite artists. His woodcut-inspired illustrations of the creatures of deep time, especially focused on sea creatures, combine scien...

Shadows of ancient firelight

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Zach Zorich has written an interesting article for Nautilus, about the optical illusions caused by firelight flickering across parietal art: “Early Humans Ma...

Tales of a paleoartist

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Discover magazine is running an incredible article by John Gurche about the process of creating his artistic reconstructions of early hominins: “Making Lucy:...

Vermeer obscura

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Fascinating article in the New York Times about a new film illustrating the concept of science in art and art in science: “Engineering His Own Vermeer”.

Photo: Roman double helix

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From the bathhouse of Caesarea, an interesting double helix motif. Though there are only two strands, every third pass is colored blue.

Gurche profile

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The Boston Globe has an interview with the noted artist John Gurche: “John Gurche, hominid sculptor”.

Multiracial America

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National Geographic online has an article titled, “The Changing Face of America”, which focuses on the growth of “multiracial” as a category on the U.S. cens...

Diversity and science-art

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The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, in Berlin, has an interesting short description of a science-art project on human variation: “Looking at...

The DNA portrait artist

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Twitter gets results! A group of geneticists (honestly, including me) were kvetching on Twitter about this NPR story: “Litterbugs Beware: Turning Found DNA I...

Link parade

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Here are some stories to entertain, amuse, or depress:

Composite tools

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What if you took flaked stone implements, scanned them in three dimensions, designed specially fitted accessories, which you then printed with a 3-d printer ...

"We're not, as a whole, introspective"

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The Guardian has a profile of the “inventor of the pill”, who in his later years has turned to fiction as a novelist and playwright: “Carl Djerassi: ‘Scienti...

Bodies in art, art in bodies

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Ewen Callaway compares two exhibits that feature animal anatomy in prominent ways Callaway:flayed:2012. “Animals Inside Out”, at the Natural History Museum,...

Art appreciation

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Jonathan Jones muses on two exhibitions of Leonardo’s work, one on paintings and the other on anatomical drawings (“Is Leonardo da Vinci a great artist or a ...

The art of Neandertal teeth

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I want to point everybody to this slideshow at Scientific American, which features the “The Science and Art of Neandertal Teeth”. The accompanying article ...

Kennis show

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The Daily Mail is running a pictorial showing hominin reconstructions from Kennis and Kennis, who are being featured in a show in Dresden, Germany: “Meet the...

Taxonomy through art

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Within paleoanthropology, we often witness taxonomic clashes. Species that were named on the basis of a single fossil are later discarded. Now with genomics,...

Blombos pigment workshop

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I know that some readers are starting to wonder if I’ve forgotten about paleoanthropology lately. Let’s just say that the Neandertal and Denisova genomes hav...

Kids leave their traces in caves with art

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Several stories last week related the story (from a conference talk by Jessica Cooney) about evidence that very young children had left finger grooves in the...

Sign your stuff

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From science illustrator Kalliopi Monoyios: “3 Marketing Mistakes Young Illustrators Make”. Important: sign your work.

Shall we bring science to the humanities?

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In reaction to a speech by Google CEO Eric Schmidt, calling upon Britons to combine science with their art and humanities, the Guardian commissioned an essay...

Shoehorning science into art

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The Guardian today ran an interesting article giving several examples of artists collaborating with scientists…to make art “When two tribes meet: collaborati...

Weidenreich and the Hittite Goddess

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By chance I ran across an 2009 post by Rachel Martin of NYU Museum Studies, which investigates a mystery related to one of my scientific heroes, Franz Weiden...

Science-Art roundup

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Glendon Mellow has a Science-Art roundup for this week at Flying Trilobite, including a nice callout for my Bernifal painting.

Pod pimping

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Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week author Matt Wedel has two recent posts about the artistic reconstruction of sauropods. The one about head anatomy is es...

Ways of exploring

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Glendon Mellow of the Flying Trilobite ruminates on the purposes of scientific art in a guest post at Scientific American: “Scientific accuracy in art”. Out ...

"You could blue screen Ardi"

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The Guardian is running an interview with Pauline Fowler, whose company Animated Extras has been involved in many film and television projects where apes and...

LIFE photo-essay at Lascaux, 1947

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A LIFE magazine photo-essay brings 15 previously unpublished pictures of Lascaux by Ralph Morse, who was the first professional photographer to enter the sit...

Arthouse cave art

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A new film to debut at the Toronto Film Festival is a 90-minute 3-D exploration of Chauvet Cave, directed by Werner Herzog. The LA Times reports on the film:...

Lasting supper

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This is a great story about “portion sizes” increasing over the centuries in “Last Supper” paintings, but I haven’t been able to get the paper yet.

Walton Ford exhibition

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Nature has Martin Kemp review an art exhibition by Walton Ford (“Monkey business”), of interest because of the fine watercolor depictions of animals – remini...

Brain slice art

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Artist Noah Scalin gets a play date at the Mutter Museum, and here’s what he does:

Art and science of fleshed-out fossils

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I had the neat experience yesterday of talking to a class about scientific illustration, from my point of view as a scientist who does a lot of illustrating ...

Yummy science cookies

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A reader was kind enough to forward a link to the Not-So-Humble Pie blog, written by a pseudonymous biological anthropologist and (by all appearances) phenom...

Tatouage

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The Chronicle profiles a few “scholarly” tattoos, and two human evolution students make the list:

Book recommendation

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I was in a conversation last night about a book I had really enjoyed this year, and I remarked that I had meant to review it on the blog and hadn’t done it y...

Kew art

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One of my favorite art bloggers, Katherine Tyrell, has an illustrated review of a Kew Gardens exhibition, titled “The Art of Plant Evolution”.

Paleo-artists in the spotlight

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Michael Balter writes in this week’s Science about the artistic reconstruction of ancient fossil hominins. The occasion for the article seems to be John Gurc...

Bean, why do you keep painting the earth?

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On the intersection of science and art, the NY Times profiles former astronaut Alan Bean, who for nearly thirty years has painted what he experienced in spac...