Mad Quickies: in which the Soviets win this round.

Mad Quickies: in which the Soviets win this round.

It’s the Friday Quickies! Pencils down! Surf’s up! Kate Norlander is working hard to make her book venture a reality: Geek Culture, a coffee-table book about CONvergence, the Minnesota sci-fi and fantasy convention. Norlander teamed with photographer Emmerlee Sherman and her assistant, Russ Gamache. Let’s Kickstart this, you guys. In this segment from The Moth, astronaut Michael ... »

Detail from title page of J.S. Bach's Well-tempered Clavier

SoD X-post: Wikipedia 1, U Chicago News Office 0

[This post originally appeared on School of Doubt. Read it there or catch the beginning below.] I was browsing my news feed today when I came across the following video, posted by the University of Chicago’s News Office.   Since I’m about to get very critical, let me first talk briefly about the things Cheng does well in this video: 1) She gives a mostly understandable layperson&#... »

ATLAS Soared: Fabiola Gianotti and the Discovery of a Higgs Particle (Women In Science 19)

ATLAS Soared: Fabiola Gianotti and the Discovery of a Higgs Particle (Women In Science 19)

In a corner of a room, tucked unostentatiously away from the notice of the raving hordes of just barely contained school children using their field trip to Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science to wreak havoc, there lies behind glass a hundred year old circular object no bigger than a water canteen. It’s the world’s first cyclotron, held together by wire and wax, and built by Ernest O Lawrence in 19... »

Make a Thing Wednesday

Make a Thing Wednesday

Hello Madlabbers! It’s hump day, you know what that means?! It’s ‘Make a Thing’ Wednesday! Let’s recap what happened last week to get our creative juices flowing like MRA tears: SurlyAmy sewed some things with her friend, Maria. Brian George showed us progress on his awesome microscope drawing. Brandy Jefferys worked on the beginnings of a cool couples portrait. Laure... »

Skin Tone

What’s in a Color Name? Racism.

Skin tone?  What’s the big deal?  We all have one! How societies, companies, and individuals define and express defaults is important and matters.  The typical is default male and/or white in many situations.  This matters because not everyone is male and/or white.  Shocking, I know!  When a default is set consciously or unconsciously, it leaves many out, it forces some to fit into a box that does... »

Felt creature

Mad Quickies: Fantastical Felt Creatures, Frankenstein’s Monster, Faeries Made of Bugs and More!

Hello you. We’ve made it to Wednesday. Give yourself a round of applause, a pat on the back. Please enjoy these Quickies I’ve put together, just for you. Yes you, Barbara. Let’s start off with something wonderous – 800 wooden balls suspended from a series of motors make gorgeous forms – including waves, Fibonacci spirals and labyrinths. Video below as well. For the fi... »

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