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Suffer the Little Children…

 

Readers will recall Slinkachu‘s wonderful Little People Project.  As Laughing Squid explains, the artist and photographer…

…stacked pills on a tiny female figurine for Balancing Act, an art installation left last year in the Khayelitsha township of Cape Town, South Africa. On his blog, Slinkachu explains that an estimated 16% of Khayelitsha’s population “experiences many problems such as poverty, crime and a high rate of HIV infection” and that “life can be tough, especially for children.” Prints will be available of Balancing Act at Slinkachu’s upcoming shows and a percentage of the proceeds go to Baphumelele, a “community project in Khayelitsha that aims to help local children” affected by HIV/AIDS. More information can be found at his blog.

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As we strive for equilibrium, we might send cavity-free birthday greetings to Harry G. Day; he was born on this date in 1906.  A leading nutritionist in his capacity as Head of the Chemistry Department at the University of Indiana, Day made tremendous contributions to the understanding of the health aspects of food ingredients (e.g., the role of thiamin), principles of food safety (leading to important regulation), and the rudiments of nutrition (e.g., the human requirements of phosphorus, zinc, fluoride, boron and iron).  But he will probably be best remembered for developing stannous fluoride as an additive to toothpaste.  The result of that work, funded by Proctor & Gamble, was Crest– on the sale of which The University of Indiana received a royalty.

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Written by LW

October 8, 2012 at 1:01 am

Getting small…

More pixie-like pix at Slinkachu‘s “Little People Project” (“abandoning little people on the streets since 2006”)…

[TotH to Laughing Squid and Sex + Design]

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As we keep everything in perspective, we might send a bright metal birthday riff to Brian Harold May, CBE; he was born on this date in 1947.  Rightly known for his work as guitarist, songwriter and occasional singer of the band Queen (he is ranked 26th on Rolling Stone‘s list of Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and 7th on Planet Rock‘s), he has also distinguished himself as an astrophysicist.  During a hiatus from the band, May completed his PhD at Imperial College (which he’d left in abeyance in the early 70s to pursue Queen); his dissertation was A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud.  Asteroid 52665 Brianmay was named in his honor in June, 2008 at the suggestion of British Astronomical Association President Sir Patrick Moore.

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Written by LW

July 19, 2012 at 1:01 am

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