Sculptures for “The Genomic Basis of Parallel Evolution in Three-spined Sticklebacks”

Threespine stickleback pretending to be barracuda. These guys were commisioned by fellow Flickerite Frenquency to commemorate the end of his PhD studies of this fish species. He studied the evolutionary loss of pelvic spines and was able to switch the relevant genes back on, producing fish with one or both perlvic spines. The thesis title

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The Books of Michael – Excerpt 1

There was boy in California, in the city of Los Angeles, who lay dying of cancer. The doctors predicted that he would die in the coming week.

Weakened by radiation and the grim news, the boy said to his father, “Before I die I would like to meet Michael Jackson.”

His father knew in his heart that being a man of limited means he would never be able to fulfill such a request. When he left the room he collapsed in tears.

In blind desperation the father telephoned Neverland and left this message: “My son is dying of terminal cancer and has only a week to live. His greatest wish is to be able to talk to Michael Jackson.”

The message was delivered, and the next day Michael telephoned the boy.

Upon hearing the Michael’s voice the boy’s mood was immediately lifted. Michael said to the boy “I know you are suffering but I want you to get better. I will call you next week to see how you are doing.”

The boy and his family were astounded at Michael’s concern.

The boy was determined to talk to Michael again and his energy and enthusiasm began to return.

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RepRap to the Sea

Here is a pataphysical approach to the  Great Pacific Garbage Patch. SROPSU is a self replicating sea borne plastic dissembly/replication unit.  The abundant scrap plastic floating in the world’s oceans is taken into its maw with a conveyor belt.  The plastic is molecularly recombined to self replicate RepRap in the fabricator end of the unit. 

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Molecular Disassembling Unit

  This image of a mushroom enabled garbage composter was inspired by a video podcast of Paul Stamets talking about his extensive research into the bioremediation capabilities of mycelium networks (aka mushrooms). Here is link to a transcript of another great interview with Stamets about the remarkable nature of mushrooms.

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