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Life is not a ladder. Or, really, a tree.

Life is not a ladder. Or, really, a tree.

I’m going to stand on a soapbox for a second and talk about life. In particular, I’m going to talk about evolution. In a lot of common parlance, and a lot of media, we refer to evolution as something like a ladder — think the terrible image I used as my featured image. Humans are usually at the top. Even when we’re being really careful about it, we use a metaphor like a tre... »

Not-So-Jurassic Park

Not-So-Jurassic Park

Here’s a question for you: What do you get when you put a mammoth genome into an elephant egg? Is it a mammoth or an elephant or something else? And why would you do it? »

Design Diaries – Cap Shield

Design Diaries – Cap Shield

This week, I made a WWII Captain America shield. Video of how I did it below. Sadly my primer was misbehaving so I need to repaint the whole thing. This is my grumpy face. »

From Sailor Mercury to Twilight Sparkle: The Top Nine Cartoon Girl Scientists

From Sailor Mercury to Twilight Sparkle: The Top Nine Cartoon Girl Scientists

For any kid born after 1970, cartoons were where we sought our future.  They taught us how ideals tumbled against each other under the strain of adventure and discovery, and gave us a whimsical glimpse of what we might become.  And for a long while, if you were a girl, that future had more than a bit of monochromatic sting to it.  Fortunately, the last two and a half decades have raced to catch up... »

Design Diaries – Lady Sif Shield

Design Diaries – Lady Sif Shield

This week, I share some experiments with backing materials for repoussé while building a replica of the epic shield carried by Lady Sif in Thor the Dark World. »

Design Diary – Pan Sword

Design Diary – Pan Sword

Remember Hook? That wonderful whimsical film of the early nineties? Well I do and this week, I made the Pan Sword from it. It was fun, and for a bit of extra fun, I got it signed by Rufio. »

Design Diaries – Quizotron Championship Belt

Design Diaries – Quizotron Championship Belt

Last year at Dragon*Con, Phil “The Bad Astronomer” Plait defeated reigning champion Scott “The Dark Overlord” Sigler at the World Quiz-O-Tron Championship. He proceeded to complain bitterly at the lack of tangible reward. We at Mad Art Lab are nothing if not willing to Pander, so we designed and built a championship belt for Phil. Partly to appease Phil and partly to annoy ... »

Mad Art Lab Logo Shirts

Mad Art Lab Logo Shirts

Want to help support Mad Art Lab and look super cool doing it? Well then, do consider purchasing our brand new Mad Art Lab logo shirt! Now available for pre-order in ladies and in unisex at the Skeptical Robot store. I recommend ordering two because as MAL artist, Emily points out, you definitely need one to get paint on and one to keep clean. YAY art! Click on the image below to order or go to ou... »

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