Proud to be a Beloiter.
If you’re so inclined, you can now follow my other self on Tumblr:
He posts about cultural heritage and museums and stuff.
… “stuff” being the technical term for the objects he cares for.
He’s also on twitter: twitter.com/jamiekelly
The Field Museum and members of Chicago’s Filipino American community have an opportunity to digitally photograph approximately 8,000 artifacts from The Field’s Philippine Anthropology collection and upload the images and information onto a custom web portal or “wiki” to allow the public to…
This is StarStuff.
The cloudy, nebulousness of this vial are nanodiamonds, carbon molecules only a thousand atoms strong, bonded together. During the formation of our solar system a cloud of dust ballooned from the collapse of a massive molecular cloud and was circling around what would be our new, baby sun. These carbon atoms were trapped within larger molecules and compounds and became inclusions, embedded within meteorites which would become evidence of the earliest solids that condensed from the cooling of protoplanetary disks.
The Field Museum has part of the oldest known meteorite - the Allende meteorite - from which these carbon nanodiamonds were extracted through chemical processes developed by Philipp Heck, our Curator of Meteoritics. We know how old the solar system is by dating these inclusions from the Allende meteorite, giving us an estimate that our solar system is 4.567 billion years old. The carbon atoms I’m holding in the above photo are, in a sense, our greatest ancestor, and ultimately became the building blocks for all life on our planet.
TL;DR I’m holding our greatest ancestor in the palm of my hand.
Not looking to incite a partisan debate, but today President Obama said some stuff about the value of an art history degree.
Is he wrong about those little paychecks? Nope, we’ve talked about this before. We didn’t get into this for money. And some of what he says is true- not everyone…
Artworks made of insect pins, pinning foam, photographic prints, paint samples, glass vials, test tubes, magnifying boxes, dried flower, gelatin capsules, fabric samples, jewelry beads, sequins, plastic specimen bags, cotton thread and other assorted stuff by Michael Mapes
Wow, there’s “art made of science” and there’s ART MADE OF SCIENCE
In light of the cold snap we’re facing here in the Midwest, I’m coping by thinking of warmer places. Though we can’t go there now, YeahHappy and I will be traveling to Los Angeles this spring and are looking for recommendations for family friendly places to visit while…
Thanks, everyone, for your tips on visiting LA. We’ll definitely check out some of these.
In light of the cold snap we’re facing here in the Midwest, I’m coping by thinking of warmer places. Though we can’t go there now, YeahHappy and I will be traveling to Los Angeles this spring and are looking for recommendations for family friendly places to visit while we’re out there.
Do you have a favorite beach, park, restaurant, museum, etc. that you think we should check out while we’re out there? If so, please let me know.
Many thanks in advance!