Everything is Made of Math
Worlds within worlds


I forgot about that time Figment tied herself into a knot.


Grow your own fabric - Bio-Couture

Considering the unlovely grubs that produce it, silk is a remarkably beautiful textile. Now Suzanne Lee, a researcher at London’s well-regarded Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, has developed a material made by the bacteria that are usually used to turn green tea into the fermented beverage kombucha.

As they digest sugar, the bacteria produce a mat of cellulose, which Lee figured out how to harvest and dry. The resulting fabric, which has a vaguely skinlike texture, can be molded and sewn into shirts and coats.

It’s not perfect yet; if it gets wet, it absorbs up to 98% of its weight and “gets heavy and gooey,” says Alexander Bismarck, a chemical-engineering professor at Imperial College London who is trying to devise a more water-repellent culture to grow the bacteria in. But it’s a heckuva lot kinder to the planet than polyester.



Thank you, Delanik for you generous contribution towards my research!  I am so happy I discovered your entomology blog! 

Here is a beauty that visited my moth light in Santa Lucia, Ecuador

My research in Ecuador


In honor of yesterday’s glorious supermoon, the first-ever true map of the moon, created by Johannes Hevelius, the last and greatest of the naked-eye astronomers

The Rain Room is a 100 square metre field of falling water which visitors are invited to walk into. Sensors detect where visitors are standing, and the rain stops around them, giving them an experience of how it might feel to control the rain.



As it’s #SharkWeek, here’s a look at some of the chemical compounds that have been used as shark repellents over the years: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-pC


Baby Tapir Noses in at Chester Zoo

Zoo keepers at the United Kingdom’s Chester Zoo have announced the birth of a baby Brazilian Tapir. Though he’s tiny now, the calf will double his weight in his first 14-21 days!

Learn more at Zooborns.