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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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Hydrogen Rules the Universe: Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and the Composition of Stars (Women in Science 48)

“You are young, and wrong. You must retract.” When fresh-faced zeal confronts experience, it usually loses.  Scientists who think they’ve solved everything on day one usually find that they’ve merely wandered into a seductive semblance of a solution, the first of many in the years to come, and firmly correcting …

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Mad Art Cast: The beauty of science and art, plus Dr. Nicole Gugliucci

This week’s Mad Art Cast features the crew discussing an article in Forbes about the beauty in art and the beauty in science. It’s like it was custom made for our ‘cast! Even better? I went to Dragon*Con at the beginning of September and brought along a handheld voice recorder …

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Mad Art Cast — Pamela Gay Interview!

This week, we talked with rockstar astronomer and the silkiest voice in science podcasting, Dr. Pamela Gay! Some links: If you haven’t yet, check out Astronomy Cast, hosted by Pamela Gay and Fraser Cain. It changed our lives. Bad news about the Chicago Botanic Gardens’ corpse flower Ashley was excited …

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Art Inquisition: A Cure For What Ails You?

I’ve been sick this weekend and more than a little brain-fuzzy, but I still wanted to do A Thing. An Arty Thing, really. I wasn’t in much shape to string a lot of independent thoughts together, though, which isn’t really conducive to creativity. And like many people, I kinda revert …


Just a Few Days Away From #NewHorizons Pluto Flyby!

This is an exciting time for space travel because for the first time in history a spacecraft will have traveled from Earth all the way to Pluto and will be sending us back data and images of our most beloved dwarf planet from super-duper close up!     If you are …

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Computing Venus: The Astronomy of Maria Mitchell (Women in Science 38)

In the early nineteenth century nothing about the island of Nantucket made sense. It was simultaneously a hotbed of Quakerism and of the notoriously bawdy and violent whaling industry, a deeply conservative and god-fearing community that was at the same time at the fore-front of gender equality in education and …

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New Horizons – A Painting about a Spacecraft

This painting marks a point in time, when for the first time, a spacecraft sent from Earth traveled all the way to Pluto and the Kuiper belt. That text, along with some other cool facts that were looked over and recommended by my science adviser on this project, The Bad …