Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Mutant enzymes, an unseen film by a French New Wave icon, design-forward campers and more

Mutant Enzyme Breaks Down Plastic in Hours New research published by French scientists in the journal Nature addresses their discovery and manipulation of a mutant bacterial enzyme that can break down PET plastic into raw materials in a matter of hours. After optimization experiments, Carbios (the organization behind the discovery) broke down one metric ton of waste by 90% in 10 hours. Their scientists then used …

Portrait of a Goddess Found in a 3,000-Year-Old Coffin

Inside 3,000-year-old mummy Ta-Kr-Hb’s coffin (which hadn’t been moved or surveyed in a century) archaeologists from Scotland’s Perth Museum and Art Gallery uncovered a stunning series of paintings she was buried with. These two new paintings are located on the lower part of the coffin’s interior and exterior, a place that conservators and archaeologists never investigated before. “We had never had a reason to lift …

Caskets Become Art with Boxes of Death 5

A group exhibition on mortality, for which 50 artists alter coffin-like boxes

by Hunter Hess What started out as an art school project in the cramped basement of Seattle’s OK Hotel has quickly grown into a respected touring showcase of both rising stars and well-established figures within the art community. Already in its fifth year, “Boxes of Death” (an exhibition for which 50 artists are each given a coffin to work with) has added new venues and …