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New Paper Doll! The Metamorphosis of Maria Merian

Maria Merian was a seventeenth century entomologist who self-financed an insect finding expedition to the jungles of Surinam, and whose ecological approach to studying animals was centuries ahead of its time. Her illustrations are masterpieces of their kind. You can read her full story (part of MAL’s Women in Science series) …

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New Paper Doll! Marie Tharp, the Backbone of Oceanographic Cartography

Marie Tharp’s rigor and care in mapping the ocean floor revealed the Mid-Atlantic Rift for the first time, and provided thereby the mechanism for the continental drift model of geological change.  Her maps of the topography of the world’s ocean floors revealed a dramatic new world which caught the imagination …

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New Paper Doll! Belle Benchley, the Zoo Lady

Belle Benchley was the first director of the San Diego Zoo.  She revolutionized zoo-keeping by insisting that, in every decision, the animals come first.  She made sure that all animals had private enclosures they could return to when being in the public eye stressed them out, and that the zoo …

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Gender Inclusivity in Games

I work with awesome people. I’ve been illustrating a new storytelling tabletop game for the past few years and it’s probably the most rewarding project I’ve worked on since I started freelancing. Part of that is how fun, different, and creative the game itself is, but much of it stems …

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Here Be Invisible Dragons

One recent evening I was browsing my Twitter timeline and I saw a wonderful and glorious thing. Friend of The Lab, Jocelyn Oudesluys (AKA: Quarksparrow), had made a children’s book adaptation of Carl Sagan’s Invisible Dragon story from his book, The Demon Haunted World. I proceeded to share it with …

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MAL-entine’s Day is coming!

I don’t want to alarm anyone but VALENTINE’S DAY IS THIS FRIDAY. If you don’t have all your proper v-day accoutrements and hoity-toitily overwrought micro-tapas gastro-chic reservations prepared already, you’re either SOL or you care about v-day just as much as I do (read: not a whit). However, if this …

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Wellcome Library Images and Finding My Inner Fish

MAL’s very own Beth brought this sweetass article about the Wellcome image collection to my attention recently. The Wellcome Museum in London made 100,000 high resolution medical and art images available under a Creative Commons license. This includes photos, illustrations, manuscripts, paintings, etchings, sculptures, and artifacts.