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Bill Nye Explains Evolution with Emoji

Bill Nye Explains Evolution with Emoji

Viral-content website Mashable recently asked Bill Nye if he could explain the basic concepts of evolution using emoji. The idea was that the generation that grew up with Bill Nye explaining science to them (yours truly, for one) didn’t have the luxury of text messaging, cat memes, or videos of the Old Spice guy playing music with his muscles. The reverse is also true — today’s s... »

The Mad Art Lab Secular Christmas Playlist, 2014 Version

The Mad Art Lab Secular Christmas Playlist, 2014 Version

It can be awkward to be a nonbeliever during the Christmas season. That’s why last year, we gave you a Spotify playlist full of Christmas songs that were totally free of gods, baby gods, mothers of gods, donkeys of gods, stars that gods supposedly put up in the sky to show god-loving kings where the baby god was hanging out…100% god-free. The only problem was that we got the idea reall... »

Infinite Monkey Cage is Going on a US Tour

Infinite Monkey Cage is Going on a US Tour

Back in August, I posted about The Infinite Monkey Cage, a podcast I had discovered thanks to fellow Labber Ryan. It’s hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, and it is everything I’ve ever wanted in a podcast — it makes me learn and it makes me laugh. So imagine my excitement when I learned that this podcast, which usually stays put in its cozy UK home, is flying ... »

Quiet Company is Releasing a New Album

Quiet Company is Releasing a New Album

Quiet Company, an Austin band most famous for their 2011 album We Are All Where We Belong — which has been described as lead singer Taylor Muse’s breakup letter to God — makes frequent appearances here on the Lab. We’ve featured a tune of theirs in a lab track, I did an extended interview with them, and we’ve repped their nationwide tour. Now, I’m excited to ann... »

Lab Track: Every Age

Lab Track: Every Age

Today’s Lab Track comes via the suggestion of Skepchick writer Jamie Bernstein, and it’s sure to give you chills. (Hey, did you know chills are associated with dopamine activity in the brain’s reward system? I wrote about that a few years ago.) The video is also very timely, what with the Philae lander touching down on comet 67P last Wednesday and humanity going oh, yeah, we land... »

Lab Track: Anaconda, The Educational Version

Lab Track: Anaconda, The Educational Version

Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda”, which samples Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” and has a music video that requires viewers to take a cold shower afterward, has experienced its share of parodies. (Have you seen the Anaconda Fart Remix? It’s exactly what it says on the tin.) This one is by far my favorite. Sure, it’s educational, but it’s also incredibl... »

Show Us Your Ugly Things, Standup Comedy Edition

Show Us Your Ugly Things, Standup Comedy Edition

Showing your ugly things is a theme that Mad Art Lab harps on regularly. The idea is that the silly drawings or crafts or songs or writing you do behind closed doors for yourself and yourself alone, no matter how terrible you think it is, shouldn’t be kept secret. Putting your stuff out there for the world to see achieves a whole number of wonderful things: critique, for example, is essentia... »

Lab Track: Nikola Tesla Dood

Lab Track: Nikola Tesla Dood

You’re a fan of Matthew Inman’s comic The Oatmeal, yes? Aren’t we all? Have you seen his reverential Nikola Tesla comic? Did you know that Inman loves Tesla so much that he ran an Indiegogo campaign that raised $1.37 million to purchase Tesla’s own lab in hopes of turning it into a Tesla museum? And that it was successful? Did you know that he’s now raising money to a... »

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