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A long piece of rope represents three dimensionally a series of waves floating in space, as well as producing sounds from the physical action of their movement: the rope which creates the volume also simultaneously creates the sound by cutting through the air, making up a single element.

Depending on how we may act in front of it, according to the number of observers and their movements, it will pass from a steady line without sound to chaotic shapes of irregular sounds (the more movement there is around the installation) through the different phases of sinusoidal waves and harmonic sounds.

More about the project is here.

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Anatomical Cross-Sections Made with Quilled Paper by Lisa Nilsson

The technique is called quilling or paper filigree – and I am quite blown away by this. So beautiful!

via Colossal

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(I am researching atoms for a project these days. Came across some interesting sites. Will post “atomically” all week.)

The Radioactive Orchestra is a project by the Swedish nuclear safety organization KSU and DJ Axel Boman. The idea is to provide a way to “sense” radiation, and to do so in a playful way that invites exploration. The “instruments” of the orchestra are the 3175 currently known isotopes. For each of them, their energy levels during radioactive decay are represented by sound.

It may look a bit technical at first, but I found it quite intriguing and fun when I started to play around a bit:

Here is a sample by Axel Boman himself, featuring Rubidium 88 & Cobolt 60:



via @brainpicker

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The call is closed now and I can’t wait to see what’s in the hat!
I am also thrilled to meet Perrin Ireland who I blogged about before in “A good brain is hard to find”.

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This is a really beautiful example of crossmedia storytelling: three independent sites, all referring in their very own way to the same thing.

It’s all about a the Allen Brain Atlas, a collection of online public resources integrating gene expression and neuroanatomical data. This is one of the types of visualisation of the brain available on the site:

Shortly after its release, Jonah Lehrer of Wired.com published an interview with Allan Jones, the CEO of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in his blog The Frontal Cortex . He had taken this picture during an earlier visit at the institute:

This in turn inspired blogger and scientific illustrator Perrin R. Ireland at Small ‘n Tender to draw these beautiful graphic summaries of the interview and to interpret images and information in his own way.

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