STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend – November 11

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Written by Kristin Kish, Digital Marketing Intern. 

Between school, homework, practice and spending time with loved ones, it’s easy to miss out on the latest in science, technology, engineering, art and math. But don’t worry, Thinkery’s got you covered. Here are some of our favorite STEAM discoveries from the previous week. It’s fuel for your weekend.

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No, you’re not seeing double. Japanese sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemaki creates figurative wooden sculptures with abstract abnormalities and glitches. Whether they have multiple sets of eyes or a multitude of heads, each sculpture displays a wide variety of human emotions. And we’ve never seen anything quite like them.

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Montreal-based digital artist Mathieu le Sourd has designed an interactive digital installation inspired by ocean waves. Titled FLOW, the multimedia environment uses real-time data influenced by temperature, humidity, audience positioning and the pull of the moon to create an experience that mimics the rise and fall of sea levels. As you can imagine, it’s completely immersive and totally mesmerizing—check it out!

Have you ever heard of a Dimorphodon? A medium-sized pterosaur, this winged reptile lived during the Jurassic. After recently analyzing the structure of a fossilized Dimorphodon wing, scientists believe it had the muscular capability to flap its wings and fly—making it one of the first large animals to ever travel by air. And based on the shape of their teeth, Dimorphodons most likely ate insects they caught while soaring through the sky. What an amazing creature!

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Photo credit: Konrad Wothe/Minden Pictures.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland has decided to shut down its dolphin exhibit and relocate the aquatic mammals to a protected area in the ocean—creating the first-ever dolphin sanctuary in the United States. This is wonderful news for these captive dolphins! In the wild, dolphins swim 100 miles each day, while captive dolphins tend to become bored swimming in the same tank day after day. Opening in 2020, this special sanctuary is in an enclosed part of the ocean, where caretakers will be able to check up on the dolphins with ease.

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