This is a guest post by Nathan in Yr 8 at my school. This post puts Nathan in the running to win our t-shirt competition.
The Yr 8 art class at my school have been making art inspired by medieval objects and images. This drawing by Nathan of a bony old witch doctor is a freehand drawing and a sign of great things to come, we think.
If you’ve ever stood and looked at a spiderweb for any length of time you can’t help but be impressed by the work that goes into it. We have a lot of orb spiders here and there is one in particular that builds a web across the driveway that is over a metre in diameter. If we knock a bit of it down on our way out to the shed in the dark then it is usually repaired by the time we come back. It’s a pretty amazing piece of architecture, even if you do have eight hands to hang on to all the strings.
I’ve never thought about the ‘anatomy’ of a spider web before but, now that I’ve seen this diagram on brisbaneinsects.com via the ABC Science Facebook page, I realise that if you’re going to study something the first thing you need to do is name the parts so you can discuss it intelligently.
So, just for a bit of fun here is the Anatomy of a Spider Web. In case you ever find yourself on my driveway with not much else to talk about!
They are sold as a blind box, so you don’t know which one you’re getting until it arrives. Mine is Plasma and he came with a little booklet describing all the different organs that can be donated and how they are used. I don’t know if he’s camera shy, but he’s been remarkably difficult to photograph.
Since I bought mine there has been another release and they are available now at the online shop and every order comes with a free pack of anatomical stickers by artist Rx.
The Red Cross website says that 1 in 3 of us will need a blood donation but only 1 in 30 donates. You can actually donate plasma every 2 weeks because the red cells are returned to your body after the plasma is separated out. I’m overdue to donate blood so this is a good kick in the pants to get me back to the donor mobile. I might even take my little friend along.
Of course, you can also sign up all your other useful body parts to be donated to others when you’re finished with them. It’s strange that Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes, and we are so generous towards others in times of need, but we still have the one of the lowest rates of organ donation in the developed world (Donate Life). Why is that?
These stunning and incredibly detailed books have been produced for centuries as both teaching tools and society curiosities. The oldest specimen on display was made in 1530.
The online exhibition is well worth a look and includes videos of the books in action. You can even hear the paper crackle as the pages are turned and the flaps are lifted. Browse the links down the right hand side of the site and keep an eye out for the pregnant ladies in hats and gowns to protect their modesty.