Tag: microbiology

Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza! – Day 17


 Fungal plates by Stephanie MounaudBacterial plates by Niall Hamilton.


Fungal Christmas tree. Top: Talaromyces stipitatus; Tree: Aspergillus nidulans; Ornaments: Penicillium marneffei; Trunk: Aspergillus terreus.

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Fungal snowman. Hat, Eyes, Mouth, Buttons: Aspergillus niger; Arms: Aspergillus nidulans; Nose: Aspergillus terreus with Penicillium marneffei; Body: Neosartorya

(see more of Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravanganza here)

Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 3


Full details at Inhabitat.com


“Materials required: Moss, plants and/or twigs small enough to fit into your terrarium ornament – Some soil – Tweezers – Reusable glass ornament orb – A ribbon (we used one from an old gift box) – A chain or string (we used an old bracelet) – (optional) Figurines or other fun tsotchkes to place inside your ornament”



Full instructions at inhabitat.com.

(see more of Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravanganza here)

Introducing Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 1

(Specifically that of the Amoeba and the Paramecium).


By What? No Mints?

(see more of Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravanganza here)

You know you’re a science geek when you set your table with virus doilies

By Laura Splan.

The A-Z of Epidemiology: germs from Anthrax to Zoonoses. A disturbing bedtime book for kids.

Written and performed by Jennifer Gardy: http://jennifergardy.com – Animated by Tom Scott: http://tomscott.com – Credits by Jessica Latshaw:http://jessicalatshawofficial.com

T4 Bacteriophage sculpture, made from computer parts.

By Forrest McCluer, via Fresh Photons.

I WANT this book! The Golden Book of Biology illustrated by Charley Harper.

Alas, out of print and (for obvious reasons) a collector’s item.

(Click on the images for larger versions)

Pictures by Charley Harper.

Epic science illustration by Colin Johnson.

By Colin Johnson, via Fresh Photons.

Epidemiology of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Disease

A little freaky actually…

By Seo Kim

Protozoa Pancakes! #sciencepancake No. 3

O.K. Last one…

From Saipancakes.

Apparently, bacteria not just an awesome force to be reckon with: they can also be cute.

Bacteria Friends by Alison Kim.

Alexander Flemming, discoverer of Penicillin, was also an avid microbial artist (as in he painted with microbes)

Really quite amazing if you consider how the medium needs to applied, since it grows (changes) over time.

In addition to working as a scientist, and well before his discovery of antibiotics, Fleming painted. He was a member of the Chelsea Arts Club, where he created amateurish watercolors. Less well known is that he also painted in another medium, living organisms. Fleming painted ballerinas, houses, soldiers, mothers feeding children, stick figures fighting and other scenes using bacteria. He produced these paintings by growing microbes with different natural pigments in the places where he wanted different colors. He would fill a petri dish with agar, a gelatin-like substance, and then use a wire lab tool called a loop to inoculate sections of the plate with different species. The paintings were technically very difficult to make. Fleming had to find microbes with different pigments and then time his inoculations such that the different species all matured at the same time. These works existed only as long as it took one species to grow into the others. When that happened, the lines between, say, a hat and a face were blurred; so too were the lines between art and science.

Via smithsonianmag.com.

Petri Dish (with Microbial Growth) Mini Quilt.

By Cornflowerbluestudio.

My business card is actually a microscope slide. #geekcool

This is very cool.

To promote their viral marketing efforts, Italian advertising agency Enfants Terribles (aka Ebolaindustries) created these microscope slide business cards. Ebolaindustries employees operate under pseudonyms, but their real names are printed on the slides in 1.6 point type—so small the names can only be read with a microscope.

By Enfant Terribles, via Laughing Squid.

When you love the smell of colon on your boyfriend. #funny #anatomy

Good for a slide on maybe intestinal flora?

Is the microscope an instrument of the Devil?

From goats.com.

Dr. Sara Baker: as interpreted by Kate Beaton #publichealth #funny

Dr. Sara Josephine Baker: look her up. Under her watch the infant mortality rate in New York city went from being one of the worst possible to one of the most enviable, and her ideas on public health and preventative care spread far and wide. She swam against the stream her entire life and she saved thousands of people, what more do you want in a hero?

By Kate Beaton. More on Dr. Baker at wiki.

A social media experiment: Can we use twitter to produce an interesting analogy on the subject of viruses?

This may crash and burn, but might also be interesting. Extra coolness, if the tweet mutates somewhere along the line (although it’s also obvious that it would take a lot to reach the necessary “viral load” to see the tweet propagate – maybe instead of a dot, a star would be better?).

Anyway, if it sounds like fun, you can RT by visiting the link of the original tweet.

Now THAT is a pretty bacterial plate.

Via Geneticist.tumblr.com. Source: star.tau.ac.il/~eshel/.

Luke Jerram’s amazing microbial glasswork

By Luke Jerram: go here to see more of this collection. Note, I’ve written about Luke’s work previously in Seed.

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