Archive for November, 2012

The Madness of Creativity

Those of us who are creative types may, sadly, already be aware of this – and therefore it is not much of a mystery to us! The good news is that with increased scientific understanding may come better treatments, but let’s hope that whatever treatments are discovered treat the illness without damaging the genius that often comes along with it…




Creativity ‘closely entwined with mental illness’

By Michelle Roberts

Health editor, BBC News online



“Creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers particularly susceptible, according to a study of more than a million people.


Writers had a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar depression, and substance abuse, the Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute found.


They were almost twice as likely as the general population to kill themselves.


The dancers and photographers were also more likely to have bipolar disorder…”


For the complete piece click here to go to the BBC.


Bacteriographs: Art From E. Coli.

…images made from bacteria! And they can actually be beautiful works of art. See for yourself-
Beautiful Bacteria: How To Make Art From E. Coli
by Claire O’Neill
“Bacteria can be pernicious, but they also keep your stomach digesting, turn cucumbers into beloved pickles, and can, apparently, also be used to make art. Of course, it all depends on how you want to define “art.” But Zachary Copfer finds himself precisely where it intersects with science.”I believe that the dichotomy often imposed on the fields of art and science is extremely limiting to both areas of study,” he writes on his website. “I create visual art that is about deeply exploring the beauty and poetry that reside in scientific theories.”I reached out to Copfer after seeing his “bacteriographs” on PetaPixel and (this will be really revealing) couldn’t contain my enthusiasm…”


For the complete piece and a lot of great images, click here to go to NPR.






Enter The Land of The Gigantic Jars. Tread Lightly.

The land in Laos is strewn with gigantic, mysterious stone jars. Archeologists have found it challenging to excavate the area because unexploded bombs litter the land there. What were these impossible jars used for? And how old are they?


“Thousands of urns lie everywhere you look, scattered over the landscape of Xiangkhoang Plateau in Laos. Some are small, some large – much too large to have been cooked in, or had food stored in them! So what in the world could have been their purpose? Archaeologists have been working on this mystery for some time now, and they think they have the answers…”
Read the rest here.



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