Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Strategies against architecture #2





It is a sobering reflection to think that Brent Wong's 1970s period of "Regionalist-painting-with-Levitating-Architecture" is as close in time to his inspiration -- Ernst's Monument Aux Oiseaux series from 1927 -- as it is to today.*



By "sobering reflection", of course I mean "excuse to drink more pints of Voltaic Armadillo Doppelroggenbock". Fortunately we were at the Old Entomologist at the time when the subject came up, for Bar-top Slot-Car Racing and Architecture in Science Fiction Night.

The future will be spherical
Tigris had just remarked how easy SF writers have it... they can get away with a few broad indistinct verbal brushstrokes when they want to conjure up an urban setting of the distant future, or with description by exclusion -- itemising a few things that the buildings don't look like (if "buildings" is the right word) -- and letting the readers' minds do the bulk of the work. Another Kiwi vouchsafed that it's not so easy for the cover artists. Swearing Bob's comments were strongly-worded but not entirely relevant.

Case in point: Damon Knight's brief word-picture of the New City in "Beyond the Barrier":

spectral blue globes
For many years I have maintained a vivid source memory of first encountering the word "congeries" as part of that description, in 1977, reading the Gollanz edition with the yellow cover. But the word is not to be found in any on-line version, so the experience must have occurred in another time-line... either that, or I recall it from Leiber's allusions to 'The Bubbles Congeries' (the adjunct to Circumluna) in "A Specter is Haunting Texas". Leiber had acquired the word (as was the custom of the time) from H.P. Lovecraft with his "shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles" and his "rather large congeries of iridescent, prolately spheroidal bubbles" and his "congeries of iridescent globes, yet stupendous in its malign suggestiveness". Excuse the digression.
The other futures will also be spherical
Speaking of digressions, the Whackyweedia entry on B-the-B goes off on an odd architextural tangent on its own and cites a 1966 critique of / manifesto for entropic affectless Minimalist art, written by someone who evidently thought that the book's descriptive passages captured the new sensibility.
Robert Smithson has argued that Beyond the Barrier is an example of science fiction in which architectural examples are presented that have nothing to do with science or fiction, but instead suggest "a new kind of monumentality which has much in common with the aims of some of today's artists."
This kind of nullification has re-created Kasimir Malevich's "non-objective world," where there are no more "likenesses of reality, no idealistic images, nothing but a desert!" But for many of today's artists this "desert" is a "City of the Future" made of null structures and surfaces. ... In Damon Knight's Sci-fi novel, "Beyond the Barrier," he describes in a phenomenological manner just such surface-structures: "Part of the scene before them seemed to expand. Where one of the flotation machines had been there was a dim lattice of crystals, growing more shadowy and insubstational as it swelled; then darkness; then a dazzle of faint prismatic light-tiny complexes in a vast three-dimensional array, growing steadily bigger." This description has none of the "values" of the naturalistic "literary" novel, it is crystalline, and of the mind of virtue of being outside of unconscious action. This very well could be an inchoate concept for a work by Judd, LeWitt, Flavin, or Insley.
Smithson doesn't even cite "The Voices of Time" and I suspect that he had not actually read a lot of the SF of his day.

All this was really just an excuse to post these two architectural SF covers which have been cluttering up my mental collection. Credited to Michael Whelan and Peter Goodfellow.



Bonus birb memorial:



* Wong is still painting, focusing on meticulous landscapes beneath radiant, sublime skyscapes, without the surrealist gestures of 50 years earlier.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Magazine Madonna

This is not a promising beginning to 2020. An actress and Alt-Med bafflegab grifter presented herself as the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the banner of "Falling for magical-thinking scams = Female Empowerment".


It goes without saying that there is a backstory to this Vesica-Piscis / Mandorla tradition in Marian iconography. Early christian artists had adopted the motif of a full-body aureole from Buddhist artists, in the same way that they'd borrowed the head-centred aureole (whence cometh halos). Then the theoreticians and commissars of Formalised State Art ret-conned a rationale, borrowing the Vesica Piscis image from Pythagorean and Neo-Platonist thought to symbolise the Intersection of Realms of Existence.


It was totally not because of Another Kiwi taking the Riddled Time Machine back to the Council of Choronzon in C.E. 397 in search of fresh dates for the Christmas Ale, and offering the locals his old 1960s New Maths textbooks (with all the Venn diagrams) in exchange.*

Those early artists ignored the religious-symbolism potential of Venn's 4-class diagram, so we are in a position to re-sell it to other traditions. Anyone who wants the Four Overlapping Ellipses to become an emblem in the iconography of their preferred religion, talk to Another Kiwi in the Wigglesworth Lounge any night at the Old Entomologist and offer him a bag of dates. Just not $cientology. Also, not 397, it triggers his camel allergy.

There is room for argument on how far those early artists were aware of the Yoni symbolism of the conventions they developed. Hans Bellmer certainly thought about it for his illustrations for 'Madame Edwina'.

* The Whackyweedia entry on Venn diagrams (as elaborations of Euler diagrams) traces the trail of prefigurements back to Leibnitz and Llull... but not to the Neo-Platonists chiz chiz.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Sing this corrosion to me

This post was earlier cross-posted at Leonid Schneider's site, hence the unfrivolous tone. The version there is improved by Leonid's editing and frame story.

Anonymous, uncredited outside contractors have finally been receiving some of the academic recognition that they deserve, and it can only be a matter of time before they are collectively awarded an IgNobel Prize for their contributions to Science. If any of the major publishers is inspired to found a Journal of Anonymous Third-Party Imagery, I am available for the Editorial role.

Recent examples include Kawiak & Domachowska (2016) and Kawiak & Lojkowska (2016), from the Medicinal Carnivorous Plant research tradition. For the latter, the outside company had provided Figures 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8, and I wonder why they didn't just publish the paper under their own names. For reasons that are not made clear in the Retraction Notice, they composed their Western Blots out of letterboxed bands inset intarsia-style into standard "background templates", and created new petri-dish cell cultures by washing (erasing) unwanted tumor colonies from existing photographs. We are not informed of the name of the company following these curious policies, but I can only give them 2/10, would not use their services again.

I am in two minds whether Dong Ge Tong counts as another instance. Yes, his retraction notices explain that his implausible electron microscopy had been outsourced to a company that only retained the raw data for one month (while a laboratory flood destroyed the professor's own copies of the data files: plumbing skills are crucial for any serious scientist). But he had earlier credited the crystalline purity of the images in his papers to the diligence of an obsessive student.

#12 Dong Ge Tong
What brought this all to mind was another recent example: Dhanaraj Gopi, of the Department of Chemistry and the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Periyar University (Tamilnadu State, India).

To wet your apatite (as it were), these Scanning Electron Microscope images were presented to the International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology-2015, before they were published as Fig 3 in Ramya et al. (2015) [19]. Not logged at PubPeer. Here "Mg-HA" is Magnesium-substituted Hydroxy-Apatite.

"HRSEM images of (a) PEDOT, (b) Mg-HA,(c) PEDOT/Mg-HA coated 316L SS and (d) EDAX spectrum of PEDOT/Mg-HA bilayer coated 316L SS"

The failure of other conference delegates to protest such lazy shameless photoshop manipulations by rioting or burning down the venue does not redound to their credit.

Let us continue with electron microscopy, for this is where Gopi and his colleagues were particularly ill-served by whoever provided them with imagery. Please compare at the left, Fig 3(c) from Gopi et al. (2013b) [3], and at the right, Fig 3(d) from Gopi et al. (2015e) [10].



They depict, respectively, porous Strontium-substituted or Sr/Mg-substituted HA coatings on surgical steel, with polypyrrone or poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene as a kind of primer coat to promote adhesion. The textures are clearly different, while sharing visual motifs in common; one or other did not come directly from the electron microscope.

Figure 7 from Gopi et al. (2015a) [14] was "SEM micrographs of the HA nanoparticles synthesized using malic acid as the chelating agent from the commercial and the naturally available sources; (a) commercial malic acid and (b) apple fruit extract." I prefer to think that 7(a) was a hommage to Salvador Dali.



Figure 7(b) is no better.

Figure 7 was reproduced in Gopi et al. (2016b) [22], as Fig 15.14. For Gopi's work on the chemistry and biology and physical characterisation of modified apatite has led to his recognition as an expert in the perennial genre of "green synthesis of [X] from botanical precursors". Editors invite him to reprise his discoveries in Review Chapters: in this case, under the title "Chemical and green routes for the synthesis of multifunctional pure and substituted nanohydroxyapatite for biomedical applications". This is convenient for our purposes as the chapter is a gateway into this section of his oeuvre.

Below, left: Fig 15.17, "SEM micrographs of the HA nanoparticles synthesized using sucrose as a chelating agent from natural and commercially available sources (a) commercial sucrose, (b) pineapple extract, (c) carrot extract, and (d) sugarcane extract." Who would have expected pineapple- and sugarcane-sourced sucrose to produce such similar nanoparticles, differing only in scale?



Above, right: Fig 15.19, "FESEM images of HA nanoparticles synthesized using different concentrations of pectin (wt.%): (a) 0, (b) 0.01, (c) 0.04, (d) 0.07, (e) 0.1, and (f) 0.15." Again, the scale changes but the nanoparticles are otherwise identical.

Finally, Fig 15.8 is reproduced from Fig 3 of Gopi et al (2014d) [9]. A sense of unreality pervades these scenes. Is it the ambiguous layering of picture planes, the uncertainty of illusory depth, reminiscent of Matta's cosmic dreamscapes? Here are its panels, annotated, not at all phopped:




But some of the tours de force in [9] did not find their way into that Review Paper [22]. Perhaps the authors felt the pressures of space. I feel less constrained in this post, so here are Figs 7(b) and 7(c), "Ca/Sr/Ce–HA nanoparticles synthesized with optimum concentration of Ce3+ (0.1 M) after soaking for ... (b) 14 and (c) 21 days in SBF solution":



Fig 4 consisted of "TEM images of (a) HA, (b) Ca/Sr–HA and (c) Ca/Sr/Ce–HA nanoparticles with optimum concentration (0.1 M) of Ce3+ synthesized by microwave irradiation method". Below left, 4(b). Below right, 4(a) is compared with Fig 8 from Gopi et al. (2014f), [11], where the particles are derived from banana-skin pectin.



The two images are almost the same, despite their different provenances and scale-bars. Yet they differ along the middle left edge, leading to the melancholy conclusion that one or other has been modified.

I first encountered Gopi's group through their work on Nano-Piecrusts: high-resolution Scanning Electron Microscopy cross-sections through a coating of modified hydroxyapatite on a substrate metal (stainless steel, or tungsten, or titanium alloy). The hydroxyapatite is to shield the metal from corrosion or to make it biocompatible as a surgical implant. In Figure 5(i) of Subramani et al. (2016) [24], the pie was "P(EDOP-co-EDOT)/M-HA-3 bilayer coatings on 316L SS". The internal details of the substrate put Elisabeth Bik in mind of apple crumble pie.

A second pie-slice provided Fig 12(e) in the same paper, "HRSEM cross sectional micrograph of 14 days immersion of P(EDOP-coEDOT)/M-HA-3 bilayer coated 316L SS in SBF solution" (below, left). What commends it to our attention here, apart from the repetitive nature of the polished substrate, is the discovery that the same flaky pastry topping also appeared atop a different substrate, in Fig 3(g) ("Cross-sectional micrograph of Sr-HAP/ZnO duplex-layer-coated AZ91 Mg alloy") of Gopi et al. (2014b) [6] (below at right).


An intermediate layer of 'M-HA-3" gravy also found its way, relabeled as a Polypyrrone-3 primer coat, into Fig 3(d) of [3]. The thickness of the crust looks to me like 3(d) is a shepherd's pie.


I could easily devote a post to Apatite pie-crust imagery, tracing the tradition back to Fig 11(b) in Gopi et al. (2013) [2], below at left. Perhaps it is an Artist's Impression of what "SEM cross-sectional micrographs of HAP coating on the post-passivated PoPD-coated 316L SS in Ringer’s solution.... b high magnification for the detection of passive film" would look like, if actually prepared.



Above right is Fig. 2 in Gopi et al. (2015) [13], "Cross-sectional SEM image of 0.5 wt.% H2O2 (optimum concentration) treated AZ91 magnesium alloy after 6 h of immersion in SBF solution".

An especially rewarding lode of Piecrust Pastiche is centred on Fig 3(d) of Gopi et al. (2015c) [16], "cross sectional SEM image of CNT/M-HAP coating on Ti".


The polished surface of the substrate, with its distinctively recurrent striations, had already appeared in Figures 1(e) of Gopi et al (2014b) [7], and 6(f) of Gopi et al (2014c) [8]. Note that the latter ("the cross sectional image of M-HAP coating on Ti-6Al-4V at 1 s pulse on time and 4 s pulse off time") has a double-layer crust, one layer being the piecrust from the former ("HAP coating on untreated ... Ti–6Al–4V alloy").

[Credit to Parvicirrus Dubius]
It appears a fourth time in Fig 3(e) of Chozhanathmisra et al. (2016) [20], which is beginning to resemble a Black Forest Gateau, though it has no interpretative legend.


This focus on the curiously striated substrate should not distract us from the topping of 3(d) of [16]. For we find it above a different pie filling - in a flourish of photoshop, with vertical duplications from internal rearrangement - as Fig 4(c) of Gopi et al. (2014) [5] ("cross-sectional image of ... the M-HAP coating on untreated Ti").




Still with [5], don't blink, or you will miss the transformation of 4(f) into 4(i) ("cross-sectional image of ... the M-HAP coating on 700 keV HELCDEB-treated Ti"). While 4(f) on its own ("cross-sectional image of ... the M-HAP coating on 500 keV HELCDEB-treated Ti") contains fractal graphic motifs deserving of your attention.



Finally, all of Fig 3 from [16] was reprinted as Fig 8.25 in a book chapter, Gopi et al. (2016) [21], edited for Wiley by our old friend Ashutosh Tiwari. None of the Figures reprised in that chapter are credited or accompanied by indications of their non-originality, though this concerns Elsevier copyright lawyers more than it concerns us, and as we will see below, it is the least of the figures' problems. As if in compensation, the chapter acquired a doubled credit of Gopi's authorship.

But at this point there is sad news to report... an Erratum has just been published for [24], replacing those iconic piecrusts in Figures 5(i) and 12(e) with less flamboyant photoshoppery. Evidently "they were inadvertently misrepresented" -- the outside consultants again. Rather than bicker and argue about who killed who faked them, let us draw a discreet veil over the entire episode, secure in the knowledge that "these corrections do not alter/affect any of the other results or conclusions described in the published manuscript".

Pastiche pies were not the only casualties of the Erratum, for there is more to biocompatible apatite coatings on metal implants than their cross-sections alone-. To assess their receptiveness to tissue regeneration, Gopi's team grew fibroblast cell-lines on the surfaces of the materials they synthesized. Then Figure 13 had to be replaced because its panels had already appeared as Fig 9 of [20], identified as "Optical images showing the viability of HOS MG63 cells on Zn-HNT/ M-HA bilayer coating for (a) control (b)1 (c) 4 and (d) 7 days" (rather than as "Optical images showing the viability of HOS MG63 cells on P(EDOP-co-EDOT)/MHA-3 bilayer coatings for (a) 1, (b) 4 and (c) 7 days of incubation").


They had also been identified as "HOS MG63 cells on S-PEEK/Sr-HAp composite coating for (a) 1, (b) 4 and (c) 7 days..." in Fig 8 of Rajeswari et al. (2014) [12] (below left); and as "HOS MG63 cells on control 4 (a,c,e) ... at 1 day, 4 days and 7 days of incubation" in Fig 6 of Gopi et al (2015b) [15] (below right).



I note in passing that regeneration is particularly good when fibroblast clusters are multiplied with the Photoshop clone stamp. Hence Fig 6 ("optical images of ... (c) CNTs/Sr-HAP,... (e) CNTs/Zn-HAP ... composite coatings on Ti obtained at 7 days of incubation") in Gopi et al (2015d) [17]... and then Fig 8.23 in Tiwari's book [21], for the authors were proud enough of these assisted results to reprint them.



Consolation can be taken from the fact that Fig 3 was not replaced, so presumably the authors have confidence in it. It is an X-Ray Diffraction pattern, artisanal and hand-made in nature, so we know that it was not created by graphical copy-paste. The diffraction peaks burst up from the baseline like Clavaria fungi, like zombies' fingers thrusting up through the cemetery soil as they dig their way out from their graves.


Fig 3 was the most recent in a series of diagrams in which the authors developed a new convention of what XRD patterns should look like, and whether a computer plotter or image file is really a requirement. Earlier zombie-finger exercises include Fig 3 from [12], and Fig 2 from [9].



Fig 2 of [6], and Fig 2 of [15]. Was the control profile meant to be a row of palm-trees?



Here by way of contrast are some more traditional diffractograms. At left, an early example: Fig 1 ("XRD patterns of HAP electrodeposited on 316L SS at (a) 1200 mV vs SCE, (b) 1400 mV vs SCE and (c) 1600 mV vs SCE") from Gopi et al. (2011) [1]. Duplicated stretches are marked. At right, Fig. 2 ("XRD patterns of (a) CNTs/HAP, (b) CNTs/Sr-HAP, (c) CNTs/Mg-HAP (d) CNTs/ZnHAP and (e) CNTs/M-HAP composite coatings") from [17].



The background of random zigzag noise is the same across the latter patterns, making it easy for one to hide behind another, for little distinguishes them except slight displacements along the Angle axis.



Those experimental outcomes must have been especially satisfying, for they appeared again (as original results) as Fig 8.19 of [21]; and earlier as Fig 2 ("XRD patterns for (a) HAP, (b) M-HAP and (c) CNT/M-HAP coatings") from [16] - shown below at left.



Above right is Fig 2 ("XRD patterns of (a) HA (b) M-HA (c) Zn-HNT and (c) Zn-HNT/ M-HA bilayer coatings") from [20], where the colors of (a) and (b) are all that distinguish them.

As always, if this post leaves any readers unsatisfied and wanting more, they should review the PubPeer archives. FTIR spectra are another popular tool for characterising freshly-synthesized materials, and for the sake of everyone else, I'll move on to them.

Fig 1 from Sathishkumar et al. (2016) [23] show "The FT-IR spectra of (a) HAP, (b) Sm/Gd-HAP-I, (c) Sm/Gd-HAP-II and (d) Sm/GdHAP-III coatings". I am not entirely comfortable with spectra that have overhangs. Were they left out in the sun?

Another source of discomfort are spectra that overlap perfectly over wide bands of frequency. In Fig 1 of [14], it is hard to see light between the low-frequency sections of (a) and (b), apart from the systematic relabelling of every feature.


[14] provides a convenient segue to the anti-bacterial properties of these nanoparticles and coatings: a topic not previously addressed, but related to their proposed role as bodily implants. In Figs 12 and 13 (right), it is not entirely clear whether the target-practice Petri dishes feature E. coli or Klebsiella. Similar uncertainties plagued the same images when they appeared earlier as Figs 5 and 6 from Gopi et al. (2013c) [4], the nanoparticles derived from grape- or tamarind extract rather than from apples. Below, multicolored annuli adorn the targets to guide the eye and for decoration.



The evidence suggests that the bactericidal performance of these coatings have felt the gentle touch of Appearance-Enhancing Software. The two Petri dishes in Fig 10 of [8] ("Photographs of antimicrobial test results of M-HAP coatings against (a) S. aureus and (b) E. coli (A - M-HAP coating obtained at 4 s pulse on time; and B - M-HAP coating obtained at 4 s pulse off time)") are more similar than one would expect. This is also true for Fig 6 from [12] ("Antibacterial activity of S-PEEK/Sr-HAp composite coating against (a) E. coli and (b) S. aureus, S-PEEK/Ce-HAp composite coating against (b) E. coli and (c) S. aureus and S-PEEK/Sr,Ce-HAp composite coating against (d) E. coli and (e) S. aureus bacteria").



Two last images. Fig 7 of Karthika et al. (2015) [19] showed "Petri dishes with MacConkey agar inoculated with (a) S. aureus and (b) E. coli, showing variable numbers of colonies when supplemented with different amounts of M-HAP/Gel nanocomposite". My own interpretation is that increasing the quantity of hydroxyapatite / gelatine combination improved the ability of agar to repel the Photoshop clone stamp, as seen more clearly with the magenta tint stripped away and the contrast enhanced.



Acknowledgments
One of the authors D. Gopi acknowledges the major financial support from the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, India (DST) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi, India (CSIR) in the form of major research projects. D. Gopi and L. Kavitha also acknowledge UGC, New Delhi, India for the Research Award (Ref. No. F.30-1/2013(SA-II)/RA-2012-14-NEW-SC-TAM-3240 and F. 30-1/2013(SA-II)/RA-2012-14-NEW-GE-TAM-3228) (2012-2014), respectively. 
With all the grants the Periyar team are receiving on the basis of this work, you would think they'd be able to afford more reliable outside consultants.

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