Is it Art or is it Traffic?

Air Traffic Patterns, San Francisco Bay Area
No, this is not the work of some unknown abstract impressionist. Underneath the pattern is an aerial map of San Francisco Bay and the lines represent a day of air traffic to and from San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose airports. The different colors represent arrivals and departures by airport. (Courtesy of Michael McCarron, San Francisco Airport)

Dr. David Bellamy: Flying in the Face of Convention: Audio

 Dr. David Bellamy


Prof. David Bellamy does bird impressions, trumpets like an elephant, waves his arms as if swatting gnats and screams “beam me up Scotty!” Looking like a cross between John Houston and Saint Nick, Bellamy, the UK television character and founder of the Conservation Foundation is…well… unconventional.





I talked to the hirsute professor twice over the past few years.




A Jellyfish Minute: Video at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jellyfish, Monterey Bay Aquarium ©2005 Russell Johnson

For a moment recently, I wished I were a jellyfish. Now, a jellyfish that has washed up on a beach looks disgusting…like a discarded Ziploc bag. But the Jellies at the Outer Bay exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California have reason to be envied.

Imagine spending your life tumbling languidly in liquid suspension while thousands of admirers ooh and awwh. Not bad for a gelatinous blob without heart or brain. Jellies can, however, see, smell (so scientists say) and taste even though they would make terribly inarticulate restaurant critics. And even though the sight of one is enough to make a diver convulse in terror, most species of jellyfish, unlike many objects of beauty, are not the least bit dangerous.


Mighty Morfin’ Airplanes: Nanotechnology Explained (sort of)

“I am endeavoring, ma’am, to construct a mnemonic circuit using stone knives and bearskins.”
Mr. Spock on Star Trek

In the mid `90s, sages like MIT’s Nicholas Negroponte told us to think about bits instead of atoms. Atoms were unwieldy hard goods.”stuff” like steel and rock. You needed forklifts to move them. Bits were nimble little song and dance men that two-stepped around The Internet and recombined as everything from airline bookings to Britney Spears videos.