Week Links: “Fun with Biology”

Maryann McKibben Dana’s Friday Link Love and Rachel Held Evans’ Sunday Superlatives have inspired me to share my own weekly list of the “best of the web “in a new feature (to be posted on Fridays) entitled Week Links. As a way of distinguishing it from other lists of its kind, links will be compiled by a particular category or theme.

To kick things off, here are some incredible links of what I’d like to call “Fun with Biology”:

Human Faces Emerge From Splashes of Stainless Steel

tsang-3-1The web site Colossal: Art & Ingenuity is mind-blowing. Consider Johnson Tsang’s project which beautifully captures humanity and life within one of the planet’s most commonly used alloys. Tsang’s work flips the notion that we as human beings forge steel to create impressive buildings and wondrous technological devices. Maybe it is we who are forged and shaped by the steel that is at our disposal. And does this then mean that we are controlled by the elements we use, the things we create?

Water Freezing and Flowing Backwards in Optical Illusion

I’ve always loved illusions because the enormous amount of creativity and brilliance required to make it happen. And the most fascinating illusions to me are ones done with water. Brussup’s demonstration, using camera, speaker and rubber hose, is mesmerizing. Draws you immediately in. Also raises the metaphorical qusetion: What can we observe or see anew about life, faith, God, the Church, through a different lens and by re-purposing common tools and items? Check out the video shared by The Verge, an online magazine devoted to science, technology, art and culture:

Katwise’s Rainbow House, New York–Design D’Autore

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Design D’Autore-Design & Trend Magazine features colorful eye-popping architectural and artistic designs. The Rainbow House appeared this morning via Flipboard. When whimsy is applied to the most common elements like a house made of wood and brick, the world is immediately transformed from the mundane into something bright, radiant and hopeful.

It’s Called ‘De-Extinction’–NPR and National Geographic

The extinct but one-day-could-be-de-extinct ibix
The extinct but one-day-could-be-de-extinct ibex

This ground-breaking story from NPR and National Geographic was also featured on Flipboard today. It’s an interesting piece that is already stirring up controversy by revisiting the argument for/against cloning. The motivation behind de-extinction seems to be about redeeming our past sins for wiping out creatures like the ibex (the last one snuffed in 2000). The process of de-extinction is achievable but does that mean it should be achieved? I’m not sure myself at this point, but my mind wanders to this great  and prophetic scene from the 1993 film Jurassic Park:

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