The joy of the Internet is also its drawback: there is simply too much information, much of it excellent, for the mind to absorb. I hope that in making these suggestions for your web surfing I have singled out some of the best.

ASCI online is holding its 15th International exhibition, titled "Science Inspires Art: The Cosmos", with applications accepted until July 21. The exhibit will take place at the New York Hall of Science from August 31, 2013 (my birthday - an auspicious start!) to March 2, 2014, and the two distinguished jurors are Dan Good, "Visual Strategist" at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, and Arthur I. Miller, scientist and writer. Frames are furnished by the museum. Chosen works reside in a permanent online exhibition.

The Guggenheim Museum in New York City has mounted an exhibition of light sculpture, if you want to call it that, by James Turrell. This is one of the finest uses of that challenging space originally created by Frank Lloyd Wright and does credit to the artist's inspiring work with light. Turrell's last solo show in a New York musuem took place in 1980. At the Guggenheim's own site there is a photo of the outside of the building showing clearly how Turrell's lights fill the space. The New Yorker magazine this month features an article on the installation by Peter Schjeldahl titled "Seeing and Disbelieving", while PBS has a video segment on the artist as well.

Now that 3D printing is all the rage, sensationalists are swarming all over the technology. One of the latest projects is titled "By Design", using the process to create a gown encrusted with crystals. First shown last March in New York, it was repeated at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in June. The dress took four months to design, mostly over Skype, and holds more than 12,000 Swarovski crystals over a netted nylon underbase. It was designed by a jewelry designer and an architect.

A site called Jalopnik has posted photos of New York City's new subway project as it looks while under construction. These are fascinating shots of the tunnel as it is being excavated and built, somewhat like what you'd expect to find on the moon.

Alessandro Gallo's sculptures offer a hybrid of human and animal forms, complete with tatoos, beer bellies, and subway fatigue. Cleverly imagined and well conceived, they present a rather startling view of the combined hybrid world that he imagines.

Victoria Guggenheim takes body painting to a new level as she bases her work on genomic sequencing. She focuses, for example, on the BRCA1 gene, which is responsible for Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo a double mastectomy and on the issue of gene patenting generally. At Guggenheim's own site take a look especially at "Fallen Eve": close-ups of these images are starkly beautiful.

The National Science Foundation presents polarized microscope images of liquid crystals on "hybrid-aligned nematic film". Some of them resemble highly-charged fractals, others a so-called "geometry of deformation", but basically they investigate the underlying structures behind the molecular architecture.

Engineers at Harvard University have figured out how to take minute pieces of roses, tulips, and violets, each smaller than a single strand of hair, and create tiny sculptures from them. The process is similar to that seen with the Magic Crystals kits that kids love. These sculptures, however, last indefinitely rather than deteriorating rapidly.

Every summer the Serpentine Gallery in London presents a structure for the public. This summer's pavillion looks like a "latticework cloud" and was created by the youngest ever commissioned artist. Sou Fujimoto, a 41-year-old Japanese architect, explains how he created and built the fascinating structure.

Severe depression is difficult to explain let alone understand. Allie Brosh has brought it to life with a comic strip, which she claims is not only copyrighted but "strictly enforced by the copyright monster". She does an excellent job of using cartoon drawings to tease out the foundations of depression.

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory claims that life on earth may in fact have originated in outer space. Billions of years ago, icy comets may have descended onto our planet with the building blocks of life, sufficient energy to create and sustain RNA and DNA.

Along with your kids, take a look at Discover Magazine's photos of underwater creatures, featured at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Some fourteen photographs reveal a world that we seldom see but show nature far beyond our imaginations.

c.Corinne Whitaker 2013