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Nature fights back

The world can be a dangerous place, and we all have different ways of defending ourselves. Some have teeth, claws, thick skin, but what about those microscopic critters who can’t even stand up against a sneeze? Turns out those guys and gals aren’t as defenseless as one might think. 

On the New York Academy of Science’s webpage Science and the City, featuring different scientific events going on in the city, has an Art Gallery page, subtitled “where science and technology inform art.” It is currently featuring work by Kenneth Eward. Eward has taken photographs of microscopic critters and plants showing off their weaponry.

“This exhibit highlights a sampling of the molecular sharp ends of pathogens—deadly molecules used to attack their hosts—as well as the molecular defenses that counter them. Although these molecules are the products of a blind coevolutionary process, their structures are as ingenious as anything from da Vinci’s sketchbooks,” saw Eward.

Eward does a great job of describing the different molecules and what their jobs are in battle. The Science and the City page is also a good source for people interested in attending lectures or other art events around town, such as the talks happening throughout the year hosted by the NYAC, as mentioned earlier in this blog.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.