science crafts

photos looking like this having been going around lately and people are very excited that we have such amazing pictures of Pluto

but i’m sorry to say that the above image is an artist’s rendering of Pluto and we haven’t yet reached this Starfleet caliber of imagery for our farthest (former) planet. here is the most up-to-date image of Pluto we have

which is decidedly less spectacular to behold but no less impressive or important

The Bolivian women who knit parts for hearts

Traditional craft skills are helping to save the lives of children born with heart defects in Bolivia.

The indigenous Aymara women have centuries of experience of knitting and weaving distinctive woollen hats, sweaters and blankets.

Now, they are applying their expertise to a hi-tech medical product - which is used to seal up a “hole in the heart” which some babies are born with.

“We are very happy, we are doing something for someone so they can live,” says knitter Daniela Mendoza, who weaves the tiny device in a special “clean room”.

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Science Cross Stitch will make you jump, jump!

So maybe you think cross stitching is something only grandmas or great aunts so. If so, you’re totally wrong! Cross stitching has taken a turn for the awesome thanks to the creativity (and snakiness) of us young-uns and sites like Etsy, where we can share all our funny, weird, or dirty craft ideas. However, this is a science blog, not a “Sara gets all mushy about crafts” blog (although I do a bit of cross stitching myself it tends to be on the adult side), and I’ve been collecting some kick-ass works of science-inspired cross stitchery on my romps through the internet. I encountered a really amazing one this morning and was thusly inspired to curate them into a post.

To begin, here’s the one that started it all:

How gorgeous is that?! It doesn’t even look like a cross stitch. Inspired by Carl Sagan, this design features a nebula, the birth place of stars. You can see more details over at its creator’s (nuclearArt) Etsy shop.

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5 Fun Science Experiments You Can Try This Weekend

You don’t have to spend a fortune going out to have a fun-filled weekend, just science. Whether it be playing with corn starch (aka non-newtonian fluid), making glowing water, or just making “hot ice”, these science experiments are sure to provide hours of fun. Continue reading to see them all.

Science Saturday - Magnetic Slime, Yes really!

Science Saturday I was thinking today about doing a few more science craft posts, there are loads of science experiements that you can do from the comfort of your home using ingredients from the back of your cupboard. So for the first post of Science Saturday we have Magnetic slime, Yes really! I Came across this while trying to look for a slime recipe. It looks so fun and it would be great to…

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Geeky/Nerdy/Science-y Ice Cube Trays/Chocolate Molds

In reference to this post:

I can no longer find that periodic table ice cube tray online but it was once sold by RE (Room Essentials) at Target. If anybody can find it or anything like it, please let me know (so I can share and also because I would like more of them.)

In lieu of those, though, there are other choices for homemade “nerdy” chocolate which is great for gifts. Links below.

Skeleton Fingers (for chocolate coated pretzels) – shot out to the forensic and medical science side of tumblr!
Star Trek Ensignia
Serenity - Firefly
Brain Shapes
Skulls and Bones
Han Solo in “Carbonite”
Pill Shapes
An Insect of some sort
Star Wars - Complete Set
Gems for the geologists
Dinosaur Skeleton
Robots and such

Hopefully this list is helpful for finding nice ice/chocolate molds.

This amazing sweater was created by mathematician and librarian Sondra Eklund. Upon first glance, it may look like just a colorful sweater, but it actually represents the prime facorization of all whole numbers from 2 to 100. Starting in the lower left hand corner of the front is the digit 1 (white). Heading left gives 2 and 3 and from then on, numbers are represented by colors corresponding to their prime factors. I don’t know the last time I wanted to take up knitting this badly.

The picture I posted is from Sondra Eklund’s blog, and the full story behind the sweater can also be found there.


Here is a fun thing to do with the kids in your life this Easter.