Young Mad Scientist Alphabet Blocks in Boing Boing Bazaar

If I had Kids I would already have entered my credit card details to get these gorgeous and geeky young mad scientist alphabet blocks from the BoingBoing Bazaar. As is is I’m fighting the urge to get them anyway to put in our living room.

Here are what the Illustrations say:
A – Appendages
B – Bioengineering
C – Caffeine
D – Dirigible
E – Experiment
F – Freeze ray
G – Goggles
H – Henchmen
I – Invention
J – Jargon
K – Potassium
L – Laser
M – Maniacal
N – Nanotechnology
O – Organs
P – Peasants (with Pitchforks)
Q – Quantum physics
R – Robot
S – Self-experimentation
T – Tentacles
U – Underground Lair
V – Virus
W – Wrench
X – X-Ray
Y – You, the Mad Scientist of Tomorrow
Z – Zombies

Via Boing Boing.

Crochet a Bacteriophage Virus!

Crochet Bacteriophage

Bacteriophages are awesome, stuff you can make is awesome, making a bacteriophage is awesome! If I could crochet this is what I would crochet all day long. Okay maybe not.

Still there is a cool pattern over at instructables on how to crochet your very own bacteriophage. Surely I know at least a couple of life scientist who can pull this off…

Via Instructables.

Anti Face Recognition Make Up

I’m a big fan of subverting the attempts of various governmental and non governmental bodies to monitor our every movement. So when our society becomes so “Minority Report”-esque that they start tracking us using facial recognition, I’ll look into the research of  Adam Harvey.

He’s researching subversive make up that foils facial recognition and has come up with some pretty cool looking designs that look like something straight out of Bladerunner. The key is apparently in breaking the symmetry of the face.

In the image above faces with a red square were recognised by a computer, so the point of this is to make the faces unrecognisable as faces by a computer. The problem is that software companies will just factor this make up into their algorithms. I like the Idea of an arms race between make up artists and facial recognition software companies though.

Via  Geekosystem Via The Register.