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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 …


#SciArt Project for May: The Flame Test

My SciArt Patreon supported project for the month of May is complete! This month’s science inspired project is a series of paintings that represent the process in chemistry known as the Flame Test where one can determine what element is present based on the color of the flame. This process is great …

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Gerty Radnitz Cori: Glycogen to Glucose, and Back Again (Women in Science 37)

For a science teacher, perhaps the most dreaded question is “What Is Energy?” Sure, we have a standard answer – “The ability to do work” – but it’s a linguistic gloss over a principle so diverse in its manifestations that to go much further is to get lost amongst the …

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The stars in our cells

A relatively recent study showed that transcription factors tend to hang out in specific areas of the nucleus, clustering like stars in galaxies. And it’s been rattling around in my head as potentially perfect for Mad Art Lab because they do, in fact, cluster like stars in galaxies — the …