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bony bracelets

The Labrabbit recently attended a talk by Nina Tandon, Ph.D., bioengineer and founder of EpiBone. While EpiBone’s main goal is to produce bone tissue grown from the patient’s own cells for skeletal reconstruction, they don’t limit themselves to this. Tandon mentioned that EpiBone recently hosted an Artist in Residence, Maia Yoshida. Yoshida explored ways in … Continue reading

a matter of softness

a matter of softness

Fat is an oft unappreciated substance. Maligned, reviled, we sour at it, work to expunge it from our bellies and our thighs and our cupboards. However, the substance of fat itself is rather elegant. Lipids are the broad umbrella of molecules under which fats fall. Lipids, including the humble fat, have a quite fetching property … Continue reading

this is your brain on gold leaf

this is your brain on gold leaf

Now on view at the Mutter Museum, that lovely emporium of medical oddities, “Mind Illuminated” depicts the brain and its cells through paintings and microetchings. The works were created by Greg Dunn, Ph.D., who earned his doctorate in Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. Dunn uses his brainy background to create images of neurons using … Continue reading

the science of deliciousness

the science of deliciousness

Wine and cheese are two fermenty things with complex flavor profiles. At this month’s First Friday at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), CHF Fellow Nadia Berenstein delved into the complexities of flavor, touching on chemistry, psychology, and scientific researchers’ attempts to classify flavors. Berenstein explained that our perception of flavor is nuanced, influenced by taste, … Continue reading

the butterfly effect

the butterfly effect

A recent trip to Toronto had the Lab Rabbit at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), where we encountered the work of contemporary artist Stephen Andrews. We were drawn to “Butterfly Effect,” a recent piece inspired by chaos theory. Chaos theory, a branch of mathematics, studies nonlinear, unpredictable phenomena. The Butterfly Effect refers to the … Continue reading