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Guido Mocafico’s Blaschka glass biological model photographs

Generations before 3D printing was available to museums and institutions of higher learning, father and son glass-makers Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka were working tirelessly to produce thousands of glass models of invertebrate … Continue Reading Guido Mocafico’s Blaschka glass biological model photographs

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Chip Clark’s Iconic National Museum of Natural History Photos Resurface

Chip Clark  joined the team at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History (SI NMNH) in 1973 as a staff photographer. In addition to capturing high speed images of flying … Continue Reading Chip Clark’s Iconic National Museum of Natural History Photos Resurface

Invertebrate of the Week #16 – Peltodoris atromaculata

This week we are highlighting the distinctive nudibranch Peltodoris atromaculata.  A southern European species, this spotted Discodorid sea slug can be found throughout the Mediterranean and select locations off the western coast … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #16 – Peltodoris atromaculata

Noteworthy: Alex Cornell’s Deep Blue Iceberg

I have a fondness for icebergs.  There’s something about these quiet monoliths coursing across the polar seas that instantly commands my attention.  It’s just water, but these great white juggernauts have become … Continue Reading Noteworthy: Alex Cornell’s Deep Blue Iceberg

PopNature: Thomas Paulsom’s LEGO Birds Go Live as an Official Set

Maybe you haven’t heard of Thomas Paulsom.  Back in 2012, his fantastic LEGO representations of British birds popped up on Lustik and Flickr.  Since then, his creations have garnered enough praise … Continue Reading PopNature: Thomas Paulsom’s LEGO Birds Go Live as an Official Set

Eleanor Lutz Breathes Life into the Science Infographic

Infographics are a fantastic visualization tool, particularly for communicating scientific information to the public.  For decades, they have made otherwise difficult to digest data much more palatable and have emerged … Continue Reading Eleanor Lutz Breathes Life into the Science Infographic

NASA Reveals Superb Travel Posters for Exoplanets

NASA has taken a delightfully unusual approach to bringing awareness to some of the potentially habitable exoplanets out there among the stars.Under the moniker Exoplanet Travel Bureau, the renowned space … Continue Reading NASA Reveals Superb Travel Posters for Exoplanets

Lyle Krahn’s ‘Wild Photos and the Tales They Tell’

The internet is full of photoblogs where you can view the work of hundreds upon hundreds of outstanding photographers, both amateur and professional.  Clicking through them, you quickly become accustomed to a typical site … Continue Reading Lyle Krahn’s ‘Wild Photos and the Tales They Tell’

Recognizing Some Contemporary (Female) Naturalists

This morning, I mentioned via Twitter that UCLA is hosting a public conference as part of the Wallace Centenary Celebration (WCC) commemorating the 100th anniversary of the esteemed naturalist’s death.  The conference … Continue Reading Recognizing Some Contemporary (Female) Naturalists

The Lost Jenks Museum of Natural History Makes a Brief Return to Brown University

In 1945, Brown University threw away a natural history museum…literally.  92 truckloads of artifacts and specimens were transported to a University dump on the banks of the Seekonk River and discarded; … Continue Reading The Lost Jenks Museum of Natural History Makes a Brief Return to Brown University

Top Notch Photorealistic Illustrations by Carim Nahaboo

London-based illustrator Carim Nahaboo knocked my socks off this afternoon with his fantastic invertebrate illustrations.At first glance, it would be easy to mistake many of his illustrations for photographs. The level of careful … Continue Reading Top Notch Photorealistic Illustrations by Carim Nahaboo

Hendrick van Anthonissen’s Hidden Whale

Something about the painting was peculiar…not necessarily ‘wrong’, but certainly peculiar.  At face value, Scheveningen Sands by Hendrick van Anthonissen (1641) appeared to be just another fine Dutch Golden Age landscape, … Continue Reading Hendrick van Anthonissen’s Hidden Whale

Watch ‘Scotty the T-Rex’ take shape at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

I love how Te Papa has been using Youtube to bring viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their natural history work.  For instance, on September 16th they broadcast an examination of a Collossal … Continue Reading Watch ‘Scotty the T-Rex’ take shape at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Oslo’s Vulkan Beehives

In 2009, the Norwegian capital of Oslo set in motion an ambitious endeavor to revitalize Vulkan, the industry-heavy west bank of the Akerselva river.  The ultimate goal was to take an area dominated … Continue Reading Oslo’s Vulkan Beehives

Laser Ablation Tomography – Natural History’s “Hot” New Imaging Technique

Imagine for a moment that you were given access to a nanosecond, Q-switched, ultraviolet laser; a servo-driven sample stage; a high resolution microscope-mounted CCD camera with a theoretical resolving power … Continue Reading Laser Ablation Tomography – Natural History’s “Hot” New Imaging Technique

Natural History Through the Eyes of Charley Harper

In my experience, natural history illustration has always glorified the photorealistic.  As a discipline grounded in scientific inquiry, there has obviously been a persistent a desire to portray the wonders of … Continue Reading Natural History Through the Eyes of Charley Harper

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