Thursday, August 09, 2007

Branded with Science


Now that I am a Derby Dame, I know a lot more people with tattoos. Very few of them are science-related, though. Today I was pointed towards a gallery of science related tattoos. (update: this page has now been moved to: http://carlzimmer.typepad.com/sciencetattoo/). Some of them are pretty cool, but I, of course, immediately thought of Corrie Moreau's ant tattoos, which I love, and wanted to submit a picture of them. I don't have a good shot, though. The image below is from her Harvard webpage. You can see all the tats, just not specifically what they are. BTW, they are spectacular. And morphologically detailed enough that you can ID them to genus (at least). If you get a chance to meet her, test out your identification skills on her (I think I got one wrong, but I can't remember which one).

8 comments:

  1. What is the chemical model of on the picture above?

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  2. No idea. BTW, the original Flickr group has now been moved to its own page and can be found here:
    http://carlzimmer.typepad.com/sciencetattoo/
    I tried browsing through to find this photo and see if there was an explanation, but couldn't find it. Maybe someone else knows?

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  3. I think it's adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is used as an energy source during cellular respiration and photosynthesis :-)

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  4. yummm (just your friendly internet "perv")10:05 AM, September 19, 2008

    tattoo? what tattoo? :-)
    "which is used as an energy source during cellular respiration and photosynthesis"
    maybe... cuz I'm feeling a sudden rise of my energy level.
    :-)
    :-)

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  5. Its a single nucleotide from DNA.

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  6. actually its from RNA

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  7. a single nucleotide... really?

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