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Happy Halloween 2013, Mad Art Lab!

Happy Halloween 2013, Mad Art Lab!

I thought I’d bring a little bit of Halloween to the lab today. Our family loves Halloween; for us, it’s something we all participate in and enjoy. I will reveal our costumes from this year in a future post. Today, I wanted to share the pumpkins our family carved into Jack-O-Lanterns. For a nice bit of history, visit the “Why Do We Carve Pumpkins on Halloween?” page over in... »

Hot Cocoa to help Light the Night

Hot Cocoa to help Light the Night

Congratulations to the Skepchick teams for raising over $2,500 for Light the Night and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! I promised to create a warm non-alcoholic beverage in honor of this achievement. However, I’m so proud of you all that I decided to make two recipes, one with booze and one without! Both are variations on hot cocoa, and I hope you enjoy–the treat is well-deserved!... »

How To Go To A Museum During A Government Shutdown

How To Go To A Museum During A Government Shutdown

Last week I was in Washington, D.C. for work. During my time there, I got to walk around the National Mall (now closed), The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (also closed), and The National Gallery of Art (you may notice a pattern developing here because this place is closed too). When I got back home I was thinking about how, if the government shutdown were to occur, people wouldn’t be able... »

Brian Cox Paper Doll

Brian Cox Paper Doll

As part of our ongoing quest to represent the finest scientific minds in the form of mashed cellulose, I present the Brian Cox paper doll. Dr. Brian Cox isn’t a groundbreaker like Newton or Einstein. He is instead a brilliant popularizer of science like Carl Sagan or Neil Degrasse Tyson. He is also one of the few literal rock-star scientists. Before working at Cern and presenting the Christm... »

A Tale of Two Mediums: Photography Vs. Cinematography

A Tale of Two Mediums: Photography Vs. Cinematography

I’m doing something a bit different this week. Last Wednesday, August 14, Mad Art Lab went to the movies…well, not literally, but some of the Labbers got together via a Google Hangout and discussed “Atheists and Film”, specifically about the Atheist Film Festival. Since my internet connection is notoriously slow (I kept dropping in and out of the Hangout), I opted to pre-re... »

Hangout on Air this Wednesday: Mad Art Lab Goes to the Movies!

Hangout on Air this Wednesday: Mad Art Lab Goes to the Movies!

Join us this Wednesday, August 14th at 8 PM Central/6 PM Pacific for a live online chat with some of your favorite Mad Art Lab contributors and some special guests about the art and science of film! RSVP for the hangout on Google+. This is a live internet broadcast so you can join from wherever you are! We welcome special guest David Fitzgerald, author of The Complete Heretic’s Guide to West... »

Hot! Capsaicin, Chili Peppers, and Jalapeño Jelly

Hot! Capsaicin, Chili Peppers, and Jalapeño Jelly

This post was inspired by a recent series of photos taken by Surly Amy of peppers she is growing at her home. The heat in peppers is an evolved mechanism that discourages mammals and other animals from eating the pepper and thus destroying the seeds. When we eat chili peppers, a compound called capsaicin triggers the receptors in our pain neurons. As Barb Stuckey writes in Taste What You’re ... »

Paper dolls available in the Skepchick party room at CONvergence. Photo by @christina39ap.

A Sandbox of Scientist Paper Dolls

Did you miss SkepchickCON? Wish you could have been there with us? We wish you could have been there too! So we’ve brought a little piece of SkepchickCON back home to you: our Geek Art workshop, full of scientist paper dolls. The whole set is here, and we’re already plotting to make more. Who are we missing? Who would you love to see as a paper doll? Let us know in the comments; we may... »

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