Arts and crafts and science

Thousands of scientists spend their lives studying things that are, for all intents and purposes, invisible. Viruses. Neutrinos. Black holes. Things that most human beings have never, will never, or can never see or touch.

But artists and scientists are finding new ways to make the invisible visible. Luke Jerram, a British artist, worked with glassblowers and virologist Andrew Davidson to create glass sculptures of viruses and bacteria, recently displayed in a London gallery. Watch the glassmaking in action:


Then there's seamstress Julie Peasley, who enlisted a team of physicists to help out with her collection of plush subatomic particles. I've been dropping Chanukah-gift-hints for these things every which way since at least 2008, with no results. (Mom, are you reading this?)

A top quark, in plushie form.

Even mathematicians are getting in on the craftiness: They've found that knitting and crocheting are great ways to create strange geometric figures like the Lorenz manifold.

Do these collaborations help make "invisible" science more accessible--or am I just a sucker for anything soft and googly-eyed? Tell us what you think!

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