A sign of the times...3rd Annual Climate Adaptation Conference for Farmers hosted by Abundance North Carolina. Feb 6th, 2014 in Pittsboro.
Back in 2006, Future-ish set out to, among many other things, make scientists celebrities on par with actors and athletes. There has certainly been a lot of evidence of exactly this happening since that time but a recent development may be the best realization of this dream yet...a scientist and fashion designer collaborated to create a stunning gown worthy of any red carpet. Indeed, worthy of a Nobel Prize winner.
In December 2014, University College London's John O’Keefe and Norwegian University of Science and Technology's May-Britt and Edvard Moser (why yes, they are married) were awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering neuron "grid cells" that serve as a system in the brain for spacial positioning, essentially the brain's GPS system.
With this news, British engineer turned fashion designer Matthew Hubble, saw an opportunity to create a special couture gown for May-Britt Moser. Hubble approached Moser with the idea, she agreed, and the resulting Grid Cell Dress is a peace of sartorial art that both rises to the Nobel Prize Ceremony occasion and serves as a unique communication tool that is sure to engage whole new audiences in groundbreaking science.
In the video interview in Manaster's article list below, Hubble comments on the collaboration:
"if we can get more fashion communicating more science to more people and widening the talent pool that might be interested in a career in science or engineering, then its a great thing to know that I can inspire people, as well as role models such as May-Britt."Read more about Moser and Hubble's collaboration in the linked articles below.
- Ash, S. 2014. Today, Dr. May-Britt Moser from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) accepts her Nobel Prize in true startorial style. The STARtorialist.
- Boyle, A. 2014. Neurons Inspire Nobel Laureate May-Britt Moser's Dress. NBC News.
- Manaster, J. 2014. Glittering Nobel Gown Represents Scientists Work. Scientific American.
- McNally, V. 2014. One Nobel Recipient Accepted Her Prize Wearing A Gown Covered In Neurons That She Discovered. The Mary Sue.
Manhattans will never be the same...from now on, they'll make you smarter. These cocktail Math Glasses feature mathematical constants and arithmetical formulas that won't let your mind dull for a minute when enjoying your favorite libation. Impress your friends with a toast to/with Pythagoras's constant, Pi, Phi,or Euler's Number.
From Acute Angle to Zeolite, the whole alphabet is covered in these Super Nerdy ABC Blocks by Georgia-based designer Tiffany Ard available exclusively at Uncommon Goods. Handcrafted in Michigan from local basswood and printed with non-toxic inks, it is the perfect gift for the toddler (or science- and/or design-enthusiast adult) in your life.
Being fans of future-shaping science, design, and culture around the world it was love at first site with this little Cork Globe from Uncommon Goods. With a 10" diameter, its the perfect little world to track your travels and even post little pics and reminders of your favorite destinations.
Being design geeks, we love coming across a great mobile here at Future-ish. This Blowing Leaves Copper Mobile by Jay Jones for Uncommon Goods ads a little science to the moving scuplture with its beautiful casts of ginkgo leaves.
Fresh from Idaho and Uncommon Goods comes these super hip little Grow Bottles. Made from re-purposed wine bottles, they offer the perfect little hydroponic world for growing herbs in small spaces. You can get just one or start a collection of all the herbs they offer.
Would you like cream with your science? Coffee and tea will never be the same. Now you can get smarter with each sip with these Earth Science Cups by designers Jason Snyder and Briana Feola, available at Uncommon Goods. Whether its cross-sections of the earth or aquatic layers of the ocean, these mugs offer a treat for your mouth and your mind.