Those of you who've read the info at the top may be wondering what scientific porn is. I have just finished watching one of the most popular videos on newscientist.com - MRI sex
. It shows an MRI scan of a man and woman having sex. It may not really be porn, as it's not intended to get anyone aroused. It may not really be scientific. It did win an IgNobel prize. I did giggle while watching it.
Last Wednesday, I went to one of the Science Museum's Lates
. They open the museum late for adults only. When we arrived, 2 minutes after it opened, the queue stretched right down the road and around the corner. We waited in a cafe.
When I went in, it was not what I expected. It was like a big party in a museum! There was loud music (MGMT, Dizzee Rascal), and large amounts of (surprisingly un-nerdy) people wandering around the museum drinking wine and beer. There were more nerdy bits - we went to a talk on phrenology. As it was a forensics themed evening, you could also go and get your own forensic suit and fake injuries, as well as loads of other forensic themed events we didn't get to.
One thing they do every time is let adults play in Launchpad
- lots of hands-on physics for kids, including a thermal imaging camera which amused me for a long time. They also run The Rocket Show
in Launchpad, as usual. Apparently, I saw The Rocket Show
when I was 'quite little'. I saw it again this time, seated on the floor with many slightly intoxicated adults. The dumbed-down physics was lead by a delightfully enthusiastic American girl. She explained Newton's laws:
"Things don't move unless something pushes them. Okay, so - is this chair moving? No! And now when I push it is it moving? Yes! ... I just made that up right now"
She also burst hydrogen balloons and got ~TheKinkyShrink
to wear a silly hat.
At 10pm, they threw everybody out, and we went back home on the train with the people still wearing the forensic suits. ~TheKinkyShrink
fell in love with a moth. It was a good evening. Science Museum Lates run on every last Wednesday of the month and I plan on going to the September and December ones. Possibly with ~aries2203
as I think she'd like it.
Edit: Also recently, I got my own tour of the Pharmacy Museum. It was my own tour because three people booked the tour (I was told), and then I asked if I could join and then those three people never turned up. I got to see old Pharmacy display items kept in the window - those big Victorian glass bottles filled with coloured liquid. It was just coloured water. There were really detailed recipes for making it! In the 17th century, apothecaries would put big clay jars in the window which were ornately decorated with Chinese-style designs and the crest of apothecaries. This crest included a rhinoceros, however the people painting these things had never seen a rhinoceros. Many showed rhinos with horns on their back. One was stripy.
Also: Look at this www.newscientist.com/blogs/sho…
A mad psychologist has composed up with what he calls 'the ideal David Bowie song'. You can Google it to get the words if you can't listen to the whole thing.
I haven't done any art in a while, though.
I really want some pear drops.