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Welcome to the SB&F Editor's Blog. I am Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of SB&F. Through this blog I hope to interact with the SB&F community and post news and information related to science books, videos, authors, opportunities and other topics of interest to our readers. I hope you find the blog useful and entertaining. Please, join the conversation by posting a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!

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  • Beauty and the Brain

    I am proud to be part of the team that helped put together the exhibition Beauty and the Brain Revealed currently on display at the AAAS Gallery. The exhibition builds on a 2010 collaboration between the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute at the Johns Hopkins University and the Walters Art Museum to examine how the brain perceives abstract sculpture. As part of the experience, viewers can put on a pair of 3D glasses to explore digitally morphed versions of sculpture and learn how 3D shape characteristics relate to your own aesthetic preferences! The interactive exhibition explores the aesthetic theory of “significant form,” which includes the idea that certain aesthetic experiences...      Read more...
  • New at the National Air and Space Museum

    We've been blogging recently on the intersection of science on art.. Therefore, a new trio of exhibits that opened last week at theNational Air and Space Museum here in Washington, D.C. , caught our attention. Housed together, though technically separate exhibits, "High Art: A Decade of Collecting," "Searching for Goldilocks" and "Suited for Space" showcase the exploration of space and aviation. The exhibits are described below. If you are planning a trip to D.C. in the next few months, these are definitely worth adding to your itinerary. High Art: A Decade of Collecting showcases 50 pieces of art acquired by the museum during the past 10 years. These pieces...      Read more...
  • The Science and Art of Photography

    Guest Blogger: Ann Williams, Art Director, SB&F Scientific photography is both an "art" and a "science", where artists and scientists strive to better understand the world around them. Yet art and science differ greatly in their aim and their practice. Art concerns itself with aesthetically pleasing images. The artistic part of photography includes the photographer's artistic goals, his composition, his vision, inspiration and the use of art-related concepts. Understanding the "art" is essential to good photography, but cannot be performed by itself. One cannot learn and master art first and then just take photographs. It requires practice; experimentation...      Read more...
  • A Science-inspired Art Movement

    Guest Blogger: Ann Williams, Art Director, SB&F This image is from Ken and Julia Yonetani's recent exhibition, Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nuclear Nations. The chandelier frame is made up of uranium glass beads, wire, UV light bulbs, and electric components. Science has always been an integral part of art. Albert Einstein said, "Imagination in more important than knowledge." Leonardo da Vinci engaged in the art of science and the science of art. Andy Warhol used film in his portraits. If not entirely engaged in the arts, scientists throughout history have at least engaged in science with an artistic spirit. Scientists and artists use...      Read more...
    Published 4 Apr 2013 3:53 PM by Maria Sosa
  • Bio-art, a Blend of Science and Art

    Guest Blogger: Ann Williams, Art Director, SB&F Image Credit: Eduardo Kac, Natural History of the Enigma, transgenic flower with artist’s own DNA expressed in the red veins, 2003/2008. Collection Weisman Art Museum. Photo: Rik Sferra. Bio-art is an art practice that uses live tissues, bacteria, living organisms and life processes to create works of art. Adam Zaretsky is an artist, or "bio-artist," working on his PhD in Art and Biology at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (RPI) . His focus is on artistic uses and the social implications of molecular biology, tissue culture, genomics and developmental biology. He once played Engelbert Humperdincks's Greatest Hits to a dish...      Read more...
  • Art and Science Update

    In our September issue, we shared a resource guide inspired by Disposable Culture , an art exhibit at AAAS headquarters. We thought that our readers might also be interested in a few other science-focused art exhibits. One is Focus on Nature (FON) , a biennial exhibition of scientific, natural and cultural history. It began in 1990 in conjunction with the Northeast Natural History Conference. Artworks considered for inclusion must accurately represent the subjects, or research results and processes. The current exhibition is open through December 31, 2012 in the Photography Gallery of the New York State Museum in Albany, NY. It features 93 natural history illustrations, representing the work...      Read more...