I just came back from the staff preview of the new exhibit that’s up and I want to tell you about it and bring you an awesome review but I can’t give you the experience that you’ll get out of it.  That’s exactly what it is.  An experience.  As well as a great presentation of an almost overwhelming amount of things.  As are most of the exhibits here.
If you are in Chicago during or in between the dates in the button above, do yourself a huge favor and see this exhibit.  You won’t regret it.

I just came back from the staff preview of the new exhibit that’s up and I want to tell you about it and bring you an awesome review but I can’t give you the experience that you’ll get out of it.  That’s exactly what it is.  An experience.  As well as a great presentation of an almost overwhelming amount of things.  As are most of the exhibits here.

If you are in Chicago during or in between the dates in the button above, do yourself a huge favor and see this exhibit.  You won’t regret it.

Charlie and the Bryophyte Factory

Charlie here has been working on this awesome project I totally stumbled upon while opening a lab for him recently.  He and Curator Dr. Matt Von Konrat have been working to try to bring bryophyte specimens back to life and so far it seems to be going well!

It all started when Canadian biologist Dr. Catherine La Farge published a study regarding the reviving of a 400 year old moss collected from Antarctica!
http://www.sci-news.com/biology/article01112-400-year-old-plants-moss.html
So Matt thought, why not try that with some of our specimens here!  These, however are more recently collected specimens from awesome places such as Fiji or New Caledonia, and this is meant to be a sort of test trial.  If this proves to be a productive experiment, this could potentially mean that we could bring back some of our more important specimens and study them as living organisms and not as evidence of once living things.

Right now, Charlie is watering them with glass distilled water and they are being housed in a fancy temperature and light controlled environment to see if they can’t be maintained stable.  Hopefully in a few weeks, these guys can be moved onto culture mediums to help them grow.

Erythroxylum deciduum flowers under a microscope.

microscope images are the coolest.

Charlie and Bryophyte Factory is still being worked on unfortunately… 

On my desk recently, this is from the genus Erythroxylum of flowering plants from South America though this specimen was cultivated in Florida from a plant that was originally from Brazil.
I’ve been on database duty the past couple weeks… Hence the lack of content and posts… Databasing to me is like (what I imagine) “paperwork” is to any other job… Though I fancy that I get to use my knowledge of excel and access. It kind of makes me feel a little more normal like I can complain about my job like its an office job.
"Oh man I have to have this report by tomorrow?? Excel y u do dis?!"
"Oh man… Spreadsheets"
I secretly want a desk job lolBut not at allBut these images have to go somewhere
Well hopefully later today I’ll have this post I’ve been working on ready:
Charlie and the Bryophyte Factory!
Also going to start yet another on going project, On Other Desks, what say you?

On my desk recently, this is from the genus Erythroxylum of flowering plants from South America though this specimen was cultivated in Florida from a plant that was originally from Brazil.

I’ve been on database duty the past couple weeks… Hence the lack of content and posts… Databasing to me is like (what I imagine) “paperwork” is to any other job… Though I fancy that I get to use my knowledge of excel and access. It kind of makes me feel a little more normal like I can complain about my job like its an office job.

"Oh man I have to have this report by tomorrow?? Excel y u do dis?!"

"Oh man… Spreadsheets"

I secretly want a desk job lol
But not at all
But these images have to go somewhere

Well hopefully later today I’ll have this post I’ve been working on ready:

Charlie and the Bryophyte Factory!

Also going to start yet another on going project, On Other Desks, what say you?

Months ago early in the summer I caught a fly in my office with forceps… Kung Fu level 99!!!! Only way it could’ve been better is if I had done it with chopsticks.  

I’m pretty sure I let it go outside alright… I don’t know why these pictures were sitting for so long…

There’s this lab down the hall… I think they might be housing a puma… or an ocelot or some kind of killer… The Field Museum is no longer safe… Or this could just be the newish hideout for the thebrainscoop you never know

Hint: The identity of this killer will be revealed Soon. maybe.

Not on my desk, but used to be.  Feeling nostalgic thinking about what to put in this art sale I want to participate in… and looking through old photos.  I did manage to find the first photo I ever took, processed, and printed in the darkroom.  I’ll share that later.  Very humble beginnings…

 Bombyx mori is such a sad cute little thing.  Bred for centuries to not fly but still have these cute dainty wings… The top image is framed on my wall… a little lopsided though… 

Something that’s been sitting on my desk since I began working here. As you all know, I used be, well still am, obsessed with cordyceps.  In aesthetic and concept.  So much so that while trying to find specimens for references I even tried to imitate with what I had.  That’s to say that I just allowed some collected bugs mold in tupperware.  It became almost like bonsai to me… but with fungi.  To create miniature islands or landscapes created on the foundation of insect corpses.  At a point, I liked the amount of decay and then photographed the point I enjoyed most and froze the rest so I wouldn’t decay anymore… but that took up a lot of room in my freezer… So what to do with the rest?  threw them away and cast 2 in resin. Not the same unfortunately… Such is the life of a self proclaimed artist that wants to simultaneously be a self-proclaimed scientist.  No good can come from this.

I know I’ve been super bad about posting the last couple weeks, i wish I could say that it’s been busy… and while it’s always busy, I’m just going to have to bite the bullet on this one and admit I’ve been lazy and sitting on images in my drafts…  So to make it up to tumblr, may I bribe ya’ll with monkeys?  If you were me and I were you, I’d be happy with monkeys I think.

Tamarins and a capuchin.