3D Printed Prosthetic Beak (3D印刷假鳥嘴)

16 08 2012

A bald eagle, named Beauty, was found with the top half of her beak shot off. Rescued by Jane Fink Cantwell of Birds of Prey Northwest, Beauty is unable to feed or clean herself due to the loss of anatomy. While visiting the rescue center with his daughters, Nate Calvin of the Kinetic Engineering Group offered to help create a prosthetic beak. Calvin made a mold of the disfigured upper beak, laser-scanned it, modeled a prosthetic beak to fit the existing beak in a 3D modeling program, and 3D printed the prosthesis with a nylon-based polymer.

With the assistance of a dentist, the prosthetic beak was successfully implanted into Beauty’s existing beak. Beauty is now able to preen, drink and feed on her own once again.

[via Make]

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Jordan Eagles’ Works of Blood

8 04 2012

New York City artist, Jordan Eagles, sometimes referred to as the “blood artist” has been using blood procured from a slaughterhouse as his primary medium for over a decade. Eagles manipulates the blood through layering, heating, burning, aging, and sometimes mixing with copper to spark the flow of energy once present. Preserved and encased in plexiglass and UV resin, the “works becomes relics of that which was once living, embodying transformation, regeneration and an allegory of death to life.” When illuminated, the works of blood project a glow from within exploring the themes of corporeality, mortality, spirituality and science.

See more of Jordan Eagles’ work at jordaneagles.com.

[via Street Anatomy]





新世界『透明標本』Iori Tomita’s New World Transparent Specimens

20 09 2011

新世界「透明標本」 – New World Transparent Specimens is an exhibition composed of specimens created using a preservation and dyeing technique typically used for scientific purposes to examine the skeletal system.

Tomita uses an enzyme to dissolve the natural proteins in the soft tissue. He then injects magenta dyes into the bones and blue dyes into the cartilages, highlighting the usually unseen internal structures. The creature is then preserved in a jar of glycerin.

Some of Tomita’s smaller specimens (fish, shrimp and squid) can actually be purchased in a few stores in Japan, but the larger specimens (lizards, birds and turtles) are only available in his exhibitions.

He has also published two books:  [新世界]透明標本“New World Transparent Specimens” with descriptions of over 50 species and 透明な沈黙 “Toumei na Chimmoku” with more stunning photographs woven together with the words of philosopher Wittgenstein.

Read and see more stunning creations on Tomita’s website!

[via gakuranman]

These transparent specimens reminded me of David’s fetal monkey!





Cockroach (蟑螂)

12 01 2011

After my first teaching experience as a Biology TA and playing with the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches in lab, I feel re-inspired by them especially after reading this:

“In September 2006, amusement park Six Flags Great America announced it would be granting unlimited line-jumping privileges for all rides to anyone who could eat a live Madagascar hissing cockroach as part of a Halloween-themed FrightFest. Furthermore, if a contestant managed to beat the previous world record (eating 36 cockroaches in 1 minute), he would receive season passes for four people during the 2007 season. This is a difficult record to break because raw cockroaches contain a mild neurotoxin that numbs the mouth and makes it difficult to swallow. The promotion ended on October 29, 2006.”

[via Wikipedia]

Image courtesy stock.xpert





Indirect Plant Defense (間接植物防禦)

8 12 2010

Subject: Indirect Plant Defense

When a corn plant is munched by a caterpillar, the physical damage and certain chemicals in the caterpillar’s saliva combine to elicit release of volatile compounds from the corn leaf. This attracts parasitoid wasps that lay their eggs in the hapless caterpillars’ bodies.

Audience: Children in basic science courses of grade school

Media: Animated GIF

GIF animation is an excellent way of illustrating a simple concept while adding a real sense of motion to capture the short attention span of the students. Since animated GIF is automatically recognizable to most Web browsers, schools will only need internet connection for viewing.





BODY WORLDS of Animals (動物體展)

5 12 2010

The famous BODY WORLDS creator, Dr. Gunther von Hagens, has expanded from human plastination to the animal kingdom as he presents his new exhibition, BODY WORLDS of Animals, at the Vienna Museum of Natural Sciences now through 7 March 2011.

“If humans were built like giraffes, we would be in permanent cardiac arrest”, explains von Hagens. “But the giraffe’s unique cardiovascular system allows it to overcome the challenges of its physique. Its heart and circulatory system work tirelessly to direct blood through its extremely long neck to the brain. Its special valve system enables it to switch from eating leaves off the tops of trees to drinking from a stream, without compromising its heart.”

To read and see more images, click here!

[via The Telegraph]





Chipmunk Heart (花栗鼠的心)

4 11 2010

Speaking of the magnificent organ, the heart, this was left on the doorstep by Bobby, the sweetest black cat on the block of Birmingham, Alabama.