dissecting kit

Science Aesthetics

I was feeling inspired last night, so I decided to make this purely for fun.

To the moon and back: Cold, dark nights clutching thermos flasks of hot coffee. Machinery whirring as telescopes trace a star across the sky. Intricate, geometric drawings of the celestial sphere. A messy bun and a NASA t-shirt. Filling in the logbook while punk rock blares in the background to keep you energised and awake. Pictures of nebulae and galaxies everywhere, because pretty space pictures is half the fun. Annoyed huffs every time someone mentions their star sign.

Natural Philosopher: Long, intellectual debates in coffee shops about mathematics, physics, philosophy. Chalkboards covered with equations and calculations in a precise, curving handwriting. That Eureka moment while deep in thought, expressed only with a small smile and a scribbled proof on the back of a serviette. Chaotic desks in front of bookshelves groaning with old textbooks. Antique lab equipment as functional decor.

Trust Me, I’m a Scientist”: Large computer screens running freshly-typed code. Neat lab books and PDFs of journal articles. The smell of whiteboard markers. Polished new equipment in a tangle of cables, hooked up to a digital oscilloscope. Exact amounts of chemicals in rows in metal shelves. Resting your feet up on the bench after a long day in the lab. The satisfying hum of your colleagues as they work on their experiments around you.   

Science Expedition: Dirt under your nails and a loosely-bound collection of field notes. Plant clippings carefully taken to be analysed back in the lab. Soft fur on tough, wild animals. The bitter smoke from eco-friendly firewood while you roast marshmallows and listen to a supervisor’s witty stories. Free-handing diagrams while looking through a microscope. Sketching flowers and that gorgeous ocean view from your last field trip. Reading Darwin on the bus home but falling asleep on your lab partner’s shoulder out of sheer exhaustion after the first three pages.

Life is a Science: Scrolling past an anti-vax facebook post and resisting the urge to burn down the internet. Shiny dissection kits and the sharp smell of formaldehyde. Making time to work out and pack a healthy lunch because your mind is sharpest when your body is well. Debunking the latest superfood fad with peer-reviewed journal articles. Making friends with some of the nicer med school kids in anatomy class. Colour-coded, neatly labelled diagrams and a thousand different terms memorised. Getting a double-helix DNA sculpture for your desk.      

What they show on TV isn’t real hacking: Rubbing your eyes after staring at a screen for five hours straight. Having a blank keyboard because all the letters are rubbed off already. Energy drinks in strange colours at strange hours. Being fluent in four different coding languages. Circuit boards and printouts. Ones and zeroes. Running jokes about turning everything off and on again. Rage-quitting when you realise you forgot a comma or a colon somewhere. Black screens with brightly coloured lines. The comforting click-click of fingertips tapping keys. Applying to intern at Google every three months because maybe they’ll take you this time. Writing a piece of code to do something simple just because.

lab partners | jungkook

summary: you’re not someone who likes group work, but jeon jungkook might be someone who’s going to change that. 
genre: fluff, high school!au, shy!kook 
word count: 2.426 

author’s note: nothing but high school teens bonding over discovering the anatomy of a dead frog. :) 

Originally posted by cuteguk

Group assignments are something that you despise wholeheartedly. Your luck seems to always be on the opposing side whenever teachers partner you up. It’s either you get someone who is incredibly slow and incompetent or someone who does nothing at all. Most of the time, it’s nothing but stressful and frustrating episodes on your part and even if you always manage to score a good grade in the end, it perplexes you that the efforts you put were always more compared to everyone else’s. Yes, you’re the type of person who prefers and is best at working alone. This might make you seem uncooperative, but you like to think that they’re the ones who are just hard to work with.

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wahwahwaffles replied to your post “�� candy”

like….not even one kind of candy?

I enjoy dissecting a kit kat bar in a specific order of steps? (eat the short edges, eat the long edges then carefully pull up each layer at a time with the front of my teeth. the more cleanly the layers come up the happier i am.)

Oh and I like Mounds best of all candy probably.

But I wasn’t encouraged to have much candy and sugar by my hippie parents and now i don’t usually like having much sugar. They corrupted me with their natural lifestyle.

So I’m opening up commissions! I have been going through hard financial problems and there’s still potential for me to be kicked out of my home. I have a student loan of $800 and still need to pay for current materials such as a dissection kit, lab manual, latex gloves, and textbook for my evolution class. Please if you can help I would appreciate it and you get a pretty nifty picture at the same time.
I accept payment through Google Wallet but you must first pm me here. I am flexible on what I will draw but you need to tell me what you want.

I finally got to sign up for the students association I wanted to join. Apparently they already did a trip to observe salamanders last week, and I heard them planning stuff they called “beaver outing” and “deer outing”, the latter to listen to their bellows in the forest. I’m really excited to know I’ll get to be part of that :’D

Plus the premise’s atmosphere seems really nice - the other association I signed up to is a bit “too much” for me in terms of… conviviality (but they sell some good equipment for experiments haha - got myself a dissection kit today >:3c)


I’ve started the shrew dissection! After having this lil guy around for a while, I got him in formalin a few weeks ago and am finally ready to start working with him! 
We are not allowed to bring in outside animals to the hospital to dissect, so I had to set up a workstation here at home. It’s such a small specimen that it was easy to find a place. I lay down a huge plastic bag over my little white Ikea coffee table and prepared a dissecting tray by rubberband-ing a soft cushion of paper towels over a cracker box and putting two plastic sandwich bags overtop of it (that I can replace each time I dissect). In addition, I also prepared a very clearly labeled bag to discard any removed tissue, which I will take to dispose in the hazard bio waste bins at the hospital when I’m finished.
My mom bought me my own dissecting kit a handful of years ago, so I’ve been using that and it works out great! (though I do really need to replace the scalpel blade!).

To get the shrew itself ready, I have a plastic cookie tub that I filled with water and let the shrew sit in there and rinse for a while under running water. 
So far, I’ve only drawn & measured the external shrew, and dissected the skin away to reveal the superficial muscles of the ventral side of the body. The lil guy is only 7 cm long, so the dissection takes a lot of work (every thing is SO SMALL) and I am drawing it 1:1 (which will change once I get to the digestive system, my main focus).

Fun facts I’ve learned so far about my shrew:
Shrews have a cloaca, which is a single exit path for the digestive, urinary and reproductive tracts (poops, pees, and the results of sexy time). This is super unusual for mammals (aside from egg-laying monotremes like a platypus), but normally is found in all amphibians, reptiles and birds, as well as some types of fish. 

Most shrews also have red tipped incisors (the two big front teeth) due to iron mineral deposits. These help protect the shrew’s enamel which is super important because they only get one set of teeth for their whole lives! (…which is only like a year). I assumed my shrew was a Common Shrew, but I assumed wrong, because its teeth are bright and shiny white, indicating that it is most likely a Greater or Lesser White Toothed Shrew. However, I still have lots to figure out about my specimen, like species, gender, approximate age etc. 

That’s all for now, but I’ll keep y’all in the loop!
PS, side note, the shrew doesn’t smell at all which is so wonderful because 1. I’m doing this in my room and 2. my falcon stank up the Dissecting Room and everyone hated it.