Category Archives: creativity

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 shortlist – in pictures | Science | The Guardian

Simply beautiful! The Milky Way, the Andromeda galaxy and the Running Man nebula feature in the shortlist for the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year award. The winners will be announced on 23 October, and an exhibition of the … Continue reading

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Botanical life in close-up – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

I love the cross-over between art and science. This book is a wonderful example. Colin Salter’s new book is a selection of extraordinary electron microscopic images of the plant world around us, including seeds, pollen, fruiting bodies, trees and leaves, … Continue reading

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Antarctica: The First Dance

When I was a youngster I was fascinated by Antarctica, that was a remote magical place on the far edges of everywhere. My uncle Paul who lectured Geology at Victoria studied in the Wright Dry Valley in Antarctica. He came … Continue reading

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Dancing with Mozart

The performance was amazing. I recommand this and we are so pleased we went. This Saturday evening we are seeing Dancing with Mozart the RNZB performance of Divertimento No15 (original choreography by George Balanchine), Sechs Tanze and Petite Mort, (original … Continue reading

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How Making Art Helps Teens Better Understand Their Mental Health

I strongly encourage us all as artists. The article below explores and makes the case for encouraging teenager’s art making. Just remember making is fun too, and not just for teenagers. https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/11/01/how-making-art-helps-teens-better-understand-their-mental-health/ https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/11/01/how-making-art-helps-teens-better-understand-their-mental-health/?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20171105Mindshift&mc_key=00Qi000001beLUuEAM

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Love in the Scientific Literature | The Scientist Magazine®

I found this earlier; I think its a Valentine day article. The point is that, of course, we scientists love just like everyone else, and that expression finds itself in the literature. Read the article; it’s fascinating, fun and human. … Continue reading

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Writers unblocked? Happy music boosts imaginative thinking, say researchers | Science | The Guardian

When I was a lab worker, there was always a question, “Do we have a lab radio?” Do we work more effectively with a background of music or not? Personally, my answer changed over time: I don’t like lab radios, … Continue reading

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‘It’s time to recognise the contribution arts can make to health and wellbeing’ | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian

And second: I feel frustrated when I hear of teachers telling their students not to study arts; there are no jobs we are told. Now I’m inclined to challenge that idea, but really like science, art is a fundamental expression … Continue reading

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Subjectifying the Universe: Ursula K. Le Guin on Science and Poetry as Complementary Modes of Comprehending and Tending to the Natural World – Brain Pickings

Two quick comments this week. First: On the subject of art and science both together. Ursula Le Guin saw poetry and science as complementary! I agree but I am inclined to see an overlap as well as complement. Poetry and … Continue reading

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Natural mummies from Predynastic Egypt reveal the world’s earliest figural tattoos

I never thought I would be interested in receiving a tattoo but a recent article has got me thinking. Bruce Parker writing for The Edge, wrote an essay titled, “Science made this possible”. I think that would be a wonderful … Continue reading

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