Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Composer: Gustav Holst; Music: Chicago Sinfonietta/L Donner; Video: JF Salgado (Adler Planetarium, Vectors & Pixels Unlimited). Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL.
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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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Speculative Biology via Twitter!

Last Friday, I started a game where via Twitter polls I collaborated with followers to make a planetary system, and will be doing a series of speculative biology illustrations to go with it. Here’s the discussion that led up to it. [View the story “SpecBio Crowdsource” on Storify]

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A Million Dollar Mad Art Cast with Special Guest Dr Pamela Gay

This podcast is worth a million bucks. 11.5 million to be exact! That’s the amount of grant money given to science communicator and astronomer Dr Pamela Gay’s research and outreach program known as Cosmo Quest! And we are SO darn happy about it! Many of us here at Mad Art …

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Dr Phil Plait aka The Bad Astronomer Explains Gravitational Waves

Welcome to episode #45 of Mad Art Cast! We were honored to have our good friend, author and expert science communicator, the brilliant Dr. Phil Plait join us! Dr. Phil Plait, famously known as The Bad Astronomer was kind enough to spend some time with us to help us understand …

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There’s a Science Rap Battle Brewing and We Couldn’t Be More Thrilled

It’s not every day you get a highly publicized, totally sincere spat between two celebrities about science. It’s so rare that people actually create parody videos about imagined battles between scientists, just so we can imagine some drama between the press conferences and the journal publications. Here’s how it all …

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The Women in Science Reading List: The Twenty Best (And Four Not Best) Books To Read and Own

When I first started collecting biographies of female scientists, I thought the genre, thanks to the historical and systemic neglect of the subject matter, would be fun to collect and relatively easy to complete.  Some Curie, some Meitner, a Franklin or two, and done.  Six years later, and my shelves …

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8 Comets, 2500 Nebulae: Caroline Herschel’s Century of Astronomy

In 2092, if there are still humans on our planet to look and to see, a comet will appear in the night sky that has not been viewed since 1939, and will not be seen again until the twenty third century.  It was first noted against the stellar background by …

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Western Science’s Last Breath Before Dying: Hypatia Of Alexandria (Women in Science 49)

By 400 CE, Alexandria was a nervous husk dancing the edge of zealous self-annihilation.  For centuries the intellectual capital of the world, boasting the largest storehouse of scientific and cultural information ever assembled, a succession of paranoid archbishops employing gangs of religious thugs had leveled the centers of learning and …

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