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The Doomsday Clock

It’s three minutes to midnight. That’s what it says on the clock graphic of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists web site. That iconic image known as the Doomsday Clock is meant to be an indicator of the current level of some of the existential threats facing humanity. The Bulletin …

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This global view of Pluto is a mosaic of 15 individual LORRI frames captured from a distance of about 170,000 kilometers around 08:45 on July 14, 2015. It has a resolution of about 850 meters per pixel. NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI / Emily Lakdawalla
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Raw Space Image Editing for Dummies

Join me in my labors as I try to teach myself how to grab raw images from NASA or some other generous space agency and edit them into hopefully glorious megafiles for printing. I make a lot of space themed art. I’ve seen other artists doing very cool things with …

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KV 265’s Cosmic Convergence of Science and Culture

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a dazzling night of music and astronomy films by Jose Francisco Salgado in collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta. I had seen clips of his memeworthy films from time to time on social media. It is impossible for Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy and other …

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Proto punk and generative art pioneer–Sonia Landy Sheridan

Before the days of PCs and desktop publishing, grassroots and underground publishing was often created on copy machines. In addition to my own publications, I still have a stash of old ‘zines from the 80’s and 90’s. My collection favors underground mini comics but there are a few olde timey …

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WIP Weekend-pi Moonglow

This is a continuous beadweaving spiral of three printed pages of the digits of pi. I changed the color-coded number palette three times. The moon is proportionally larger than it would be in the night sky with 22-degree halo. I wanted to express a good moon-like texture so it had …

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The Primordial Black Holes of Lee Bontecou

Lee Bontecou’s wall assemblages are unforgettable, raw, powerful beasts. May you have the opportunity to appreciate her work in person some day. Veronica Roberts explains how the artist discovered her signature black pigment by skewing the gas mix in her welding torch and using the resulting soot. Respect. This video …

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Hyperbolic Crochet

I never took any of the classes in the excellent fiber department at my art school. Maybe I thought it was too 2-dimensional or sedentary or too old fashioned. Visions of acres of granny yarn projects may have turned me off.  I bitterly regret it, because now I know that …

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Go Forth and Make a Piece of Pi

(Above) “Power of Pi” hand drawn with pencil, ruler, and compass by Jason Padgett. There’s still time to make something artsy for pi Day! Here’s some mathy art and design to whet your appetite for March 14. The following artists scratch the surface of the infinite digits of pi as …

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