Daily Archives: April 22, 2012

Happy Earthday, and Thank You BP

A special thanks to BP on this fine Earth Day. Modifications made to the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico have had several important improvements. Much of the pesky coral living at the bottom of the gulf seems to have been doused with deadly doses of BP oil, some species have been provided with hip new color schemes (mainly black and blackish), some shrimp are now eyeless, which will surely make them easier to catch and, according to BP, does not affect their edibility, the killifish are being killed, which is presumably what they want (given their name and all) and those snippy crabs that we all love to make into crabcakes and such are now frequently claw-less, and thus less likely to pinch us!

Here’s a short video clip outlining the many improvements to the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem that BP has given us:

"Your Inner Neandertal"

Keynote talk by multimedia artist Lynn Fellman for Minneapolis DNA Days

Do you know why some people are 1 to 4% Neandertal? Lynn Fellman explains how your Uncle Ned and maybe you have an “Inner Neander” during her art and science talk on April 28th. The presentation is one of many talks at Twin City libraries to celebrate National DNA Days.


“Your Inner Neandertal” is a 30 minute presentation showing how art can uniquely express science concepts and why some of us may find a little “Neander” in our genes. With examples from “At the Crossroads” video and DNA Portrait traveling show, Fellman explains how some genes may be a surprising and generous gift from our ancient and now extinct cousins.

Saturday, April 28th at 11 am
Minneapolis Downtown Hennepin Library
This keynote talk for Minneapolis DNA Days is free and open to the public. Please register (go here).
For more information, parking and directions (go here).

More DNA Days events at area libraries will cover topics like genetic testing and screening, capturing family health history and tools for collecting the information.

Illuminating Human Gene Stories through art, design and narrative
Lynn Fellman multimedia artist FellmanStudio.com