NeuroStar by Cliff Garten was commissioned for the Molecular Biotechnology Building at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Garten was inspired by the kind of research done in the building that would house it.

NeuroStar imagines that the fine-grained scale of scientific research can become geologic in scale – so that faculty and students interact with the structures they research everyday as they move through the atrium. The sculptures intend to make the structures of neurosciences and bio-engineering physically palpable and to engage, activate, and compliment the architecture of the Sorenson Building.

Intuitively, the suite of suspended elements reflects the elegance of scientifically structured space, such as the connection and communication of neurons. The dynamism of the sculptures resides in the illumination of the disbursed Neurostars by LED lighting at dusk and night and by sunlight during the day. The full spectrum LED lights conform to the LEED certification for the building, and are programmed to slowly change through subtle hues of color.

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Mapping the Wonder Inside Every Cell

Behold the biochemical pathways of the cell. For decades, these wall charts have adorned the hallways and laboratories wherever biochemists are at work. They are at once both reference and art.

The version pictured above (click here for the holycraphuge version) is state of the art, a subway map of interacting pathways, intersecting reactions, and a road map for the journey to make any building block our cells need. Each node is an enzyme or product, separated by color into metabolic subdomains. You really must head over to KEGG and play with the interactive version, where each dot comes alive, an interactive chemical structure.

I’m also a big fan of Gerard Michal’s legendary wall charts of yesteryear. Watching the evolution in design from his 1974 version to a later 1993 map, his layouts are chock full of vintage German aesthetic.

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40 Uses for WD-40:

1. Protects silver from tarnishing.

2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.

3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.

4. Gives floors that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making them slippery.

5. Keeps flies off cows. (I love this one!)

6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.

7. Removes lipstick stains.

8. Loosens stubborn zippers.

9. Untangles jewelry chains.

10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.

11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.

12. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.

13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.

14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.

15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.

16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.

17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.

18. Removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor - Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn’t seem to harm the finish and you won’t have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.

19. Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!

20. Gives a children’s playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.

21. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers…

22. Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.

23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open..

24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.

25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.

26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.

27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans

28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.

29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.

30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.

31. Removes splattered grease on stove.

32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.

33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.

34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).

35. Removes all traces of duct tape.

36. Spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.

37. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it’s a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.

38. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.

39. Removes crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.

40. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.

The basic ingredient is Fish Oil. Saw Picture here. Uses found here.

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Vertigo.

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“Mom, to dry your tears as you have always dried mine.”

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The Coolest Grave Ever

Located in theViennese Zentralfriedhof, one of the largest cemeteries in the world; Ludwig Boltzmann (February 20, 1844 – September 5, 1906) has the honor of having the coolest grave in the world. His tombstone even bears the inscription of one of his equations:

$S = k \cdot \log W. \,$

Boltzmann was an Austrian physicist who made notable contributions in the fields of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. He was a strong advocate for atomic theory during a time when it was still controversial, and did a great deal of work on the kinetic theory of gases.

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