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Mad Art Cast: Blood Brain and Chick Tracts

This week A’s back on the ‘cast and we’re talking about an amazing bit of artistry in science (breaking the blood brain barrier) and a little bit of non-science in art (Chick Tracts), both full of awesome. You should join us for a listen!   SHOW NOTES: ALIVE by …

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More Than a Prize Unwon: The Manifold Legacies of Rosalind Franklin (Women in Science 50!)

When Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) succumbed to cancer at the age of thirty-seven, she left behind monumental contributions to three different fields of science, any one of which would have placed her on the short list of the world’s most significant twentieth century scientists.  And yet, when we talk about Franklin, …

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Mad Art Cast: Performance Anxiety

This week A gives us an update on the “female Viagra” and Ashley brings us a story about Adele and news of her managing her anxiety when performing. SHOW NOTES: Filbenserin Update Info Nitric Acid Cycle Beta blockers and “stage fright”

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The Chemistry of Rose Scent

I created a painting about the chemistry of the scent of roses. Chemist, Dr Ray Burks was my science advisor on this project and one of the main points she expressed to me is that the volatile aroma chemicals in flowers, the stuff that we smell, is very complex. Something …

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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 …

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Capsaicin and The Science Inside Hot Peppers

My painting that teaches a bit about the bite that bites back in chili peppers is complete! *This post was originally posted on my Patreon. If you enjoy science communication through art please consider supporting my project here. I used the Padrón pepper as my model and muse for this …

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Mad Art Cast: Lady Viagra Quickie

Recently, something the media is calling “Viagra for women” was in the news, and is on it’s way to being approved by the FDA for use. This week’s quickie episode has us (well, mostly A) all ranty about it. No, seriously, this is your fair warning — A uses the f-word a lot. …

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Lymph, There It Is: Florence Sabin, Pioneer Woman of Medical Research (Women in Science 39)

For women in science, posterity has three fates in store. Some, like Marie Curie or Rosalyn Yalow, are recognized in their time and remain that way in the history books. Others, like Mary Anning or Marie Tharp, have to wait for later generations to rediscover them. And then there’s that …