"You can make move the string of
beads to make different patterns. A
protein crystal is like a string of
beads that is held in a certain
pattern so that it has its own shape."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.