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LED all the things!

These days adding LED lights to art is easier than ever and doesn’t require a degree in electrical engineering.  Below are my favorite kits I use in STEM outreach with teens to LED ALL THE THINGS!   I have seen all of them used in elaborate art projects too. Circuit …

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Fungal Food: Chicken of the Woods

I’m going to start this post off with a warning: Never ever ever eat a mushroom you don’t know what is. Like, seriously; if you are 95% sure of what you are picking, put it back down and walk away or get somebody knowledgeable to help you figure out for …

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Show Us Your Ugly Things: LED Paper Jack-O-Lantern

Halloween is coming!  This marks the beginning of the sugar/dessert themed holidays. But really Halloween is about costumes and parties. And those parties must be decorated. I found this nifty lantern pattern and decided to turn it into a Jack-O-Lantern with an LED inside. My first two tries on the …

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Maria Merian as a paper doll
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New Paper Doll! The Metamorphosis of Maria Merian

Maria Merian was a seventeenth century entomologist who self-financed an insect finding expedition to the jungles of Surinam, and whose ecological approach to studying animals was centuries ahead of its time. Her illustrations are masterpieces of their kind. You can read her full story (part of MAL’s Women in Science series) …

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Geocaches: Hidden Treasures All Around.

I live in the Midwest, so trends, fads, and generally everything that the rest of the world does for fun takes a long time to get here. That is why I was oblivious, when at a conference recently, some of my co-attendees were talking about an activity called Geocaching. For …

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Marie Tharp
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New Paper Doll! Marie Tharp, the Backbone of Oceanographic Cartography

Marie Tharp’s rigor and care in mapping the ocean floor revealed the Mid-Atlantic Rift for the first time, and provided thereby the mechanism for the continental drift model of geological change.  Her maps of the topography of the world’s ocean floors revealed a dramatic new world which caught the imagination …

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New Paper Doll! Belle Benchley, the Zoo Lady

Belle Benchley was the first director of the San Diego Zoo.  She revolutionized zoo-keeping by insisting that, in every decision, the animals come first.  She made sure that all animals had private enclosures they could return to when being in the public eye stressed them out, and that the zoo …

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Row of cookbooks. Photo: Beth Voigt
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Kitchen Lab: FAQ

With the advent of Food Fridays here at the Lab, I thought I’d take the opportunity to bring back my ludicrous Kitchen Lab posts. Why is it a lab? Because I am doing a science, of course! WTF is Kitchen Lab? Kitchen Lab is an intermittent series of Mad Art Lab …

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