Microbiologists compete to make the best petri dish bacteria art


I might not have thought that the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) was made up of super artistic types but there I go, being all judgy and stereotyping people.

Apparently they have an art competition that challenges scientists to get creative with agar, a gelatinous substance used to make biological cultures. Which makes them both weird and cool, and kind of gross, because bacteria.

“The petri dish paintings are created much the same way that stencil drawings or silk-screens are made. Bacteria and yeasts were laid into the agar, which serves as a soil-like surface for the microbes, which then begin to grow. Because many microbes synthesize molecules of pigment, we see them in a brilliant array of colors, from Spirillum rubrum purple to Pseudomonas fluoresces yellow.” So, like silk screens but with bacteria and yeast. EXACTLY THE SAME.

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(via Nerdist and Incredible Things)


Awesome Halloween house light display set to Ghostbusters theme song


Here is a house decked out with lights that do some groovy stuff to the Ghostbusters theme song by Creative Lighting Displays, which is famous for their holiday display videos. It involves “4 singing pumpkin faces, tombstones, hand carved pumpkins, strobes, floods, 2 Matrix boards and thousands of lights.”

Every time I hear this song I try to remember who sued who, did Huey Lewis and the News sue Ray Parker Jr. or the other way around? Or did I imagine the whole thing? I could probably just Google it but by the time I get around to it I will have lost interest in the question.

(via Geekologie)

Lenin statue is now Darth Vader statue

lenin-darth-vader-statue-1As part of the “decommunization” of the Ukraine by president Petro Poroshenko, a statue of Lenin in Odessa has been turned into a statue of Darth Vader by sculptor Alexander Milov. The statue also serves as a wifi hotspot.

“The Bronze Lenin was left inside, so that the grateful or not so grateful descendants could exhume him, if needed,” Milov said.

Man, this is so great because I’ve got this old statue of Lenin lying around and I’ve been totally wondering what to do with it.


(via Bored Panda)

Phases of the moon cups


This neat little cup shows you the phases of the moon as you drink your traditional rice wine. I think this would make a neat gift. For me! Someone get on that. OK. Neat, right?

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Artist recreates Van Gogh’s Olive Trees over 1.2 acres in a Minnesota field

Van_Gough_FieldThis is neat.

Sixty-four-year-old artist Stan Herd transformed a field in Eagan, Minnesota into Van Gogh’s 1889 Painting Olive Trees. You can only see it from the air. It took six months, covers 1.2-acres, and was sponsored by the  Minneapolis Institute of Art.

“It’s an iteration of Van Gogh’s painting writ large in native plants and materials,” Herd told Star Media. And he told MPRNews, “It never looks like I want it to…I bit off a lot here, to try to pull this off. A few of the plants were eaten by deer, and a few were blown over. But that’s the dance of nature.”

I can draw a doodle of a dog.

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The crazy Tree of 40 Fruit grows 40 fruits


This an artist’s rendition (not the actual tree) of the Tree of 40 Fruit created by artist Sam Van Aken. It’s a hybrid tree he created by grafting trees together, because there are people who do that sort of thing. It can grow over 40 varieties of stone fruits, hence the name.

The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken. Each unique Tree of 40 Fruit grows over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds. Sculpted through the process of grafting, the Tree of 40 Fruit blossom in variegated tones of pink, crimson and white in spring, and in summer bear a multitude of fruit. Primarily composed of native and antique varieties the Tree of 40 Fruit are a form of conversation, preserving heirloom stone fruit varieties that are not commercially produced or available.

National Geographic recently interviewed Van Aken. Here’s video.


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(via Laughing Squid)

These floors are magic


I want this. I’m in love up in here. These are epoxy floors by Dubai company Imperial. LOOK IT IS A DOLPHIN IN YOUR FLOOR, AND FISH, AND A WATERFALL.

I cannot get one, though, because it needs to be done by craftspeople, so I’ll wait until someone in Canada picks up on the idea, which they will because it’s too cool to ignore. Check it out. These floors are amazing.

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Lego classic rock bands


A guy named Adly Syairi Ramly has turned some Lego figures into rock bands. I bet these would sell, though I will admit that I thought Jimi Hendrix was Phil Lynott at first. There are more at Guitar Player.

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This guy told folks a $10 Ikea print was by a “famous” artist.

This is what happens when you put a $10 Ikea print in an an art museum and tell people it’s by a “famous” artist. I think my favourite part is the ending and how good natured they all seem to be about it.

I don’t know what, if anything, this says about the world of high art. People are always trying to discredit something. My husband could probably share some insight, as he’s an art critic, but he’s not home right now.


A lizard holding a leaf like a guitar


This lizard was caught on camera holding a leaf life it’s a guitar by Indonesian photographer Aditya Permana.

Aditya said, “I did not directly photograph the lizard at first, until the lizards feel calm and comfortable around me. I noticed it looked like it was playing a guitar – and it didn’t move at all.”

He’s playing Its Not Easy Being Green, I bet.

(Via Daily Mail)