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Material Science for Cosplay 2: Copper and its Alloys

Material Science for Cosplay 2: Copper and its Alloys

Steampunks and other cosplayers spend a lot of time in the company of copper and its alloys, brass and bronze. Here I hope to throw a little of the science of the stuff your way to make it easier and more rewarding to work with. History Copper was one of the first metals to ever be used by humans. Chunks of it could be found in a workable state lying about on the surface, requiring no mining or sm... »

Of  Artificial Radiation  and  Natural Genius:  The Chemistry of Irène Joliot-Curie  (Women In Science 29)

Of Artificial Radiation and Natural Genius: The Chemistry of Irène Joliot-Curie (Women In Science 29)

  Radioactivity is a great thing. Terrible, but great. The medical applications of radioactively tagged molecules, as Rosalyn Yalow proved, are legion, and have saved millions of lives since their introduction. Tricky thing, though – the big atoms that tend to be radioactive also tend to be achingly rare and not particularly present in biological compounds. Radium, to take just one exam... »

Nous sommes tous Charlie Hebdo

Nous sommes tous Charlie Hebdo

I haven’t posted here at MadArtLab before today, and although you will come to find out I’m not an artist as much as an artistic supporter, today that doesn’t much matter. Many other outlets will give you more details than I wish existed about today’s terrorist attack in Paris. You can find the details of the event and the ongoing hunt for the criminals and quest for justice all over the news. We ... »

Unearthing the World Jurassic: Mary Anning and the Founding of Paleontology (Women In Science 28)

Unearthing the World Jurassic: Mary Anning and the Founding of Paleontology (Women In Science 28)

As the tide rolls out, a woman in a hardened bonnet and loose fitting clothes scrambles across the crumbling cliffs of Lyme Regis, a large sack flung over her back, and pick axe in hand. She is Mary Anning, out on the hunt for fossils to sell in order to earn enough money to eat, and before her fifteenth birthday, her discoveries will challenge all established wisdom about the Earth’s geolog... »

The Knick on Showtime – Your New TV Habit

The Knick on Showtime – Your New TV Habit

I hope you had a merry Christmas/Newtonmas/Whatevermas! If you are lucky enough to have some time off now and want a new show to watch for 8+ hours in a row, I am your pusherman. »

Zero Gravity Day 2015

Zero Gravity Day 2015

The following twitter image has been making the rounds accompanied by what appear to be fully credulous reports. Most of the internet has already figured out that the very notion is absolute bullshit but it is amazing what a little Photoshop and a falsified press release can do. The stated explanation for the cessation of gravity is an alignment between Jupiter and Pluto, which would actually have... »

Bill Nye Explains Evolution with Emoji

Bill Nye Explains Evolution with Emoji

Viral-content website Mashable recently asked Bill Nye if he could explain the basic concepts of evolution using emoji. The idea was that the generation that grew up with Bill Nye explaining science to them (yours truly, for one) didn’t have the luxury of text messaging, cat memes, or videos of the Old Spice guy playing music with his muscles. The reverse is also true — today’s s... »

Infinite Monkey Cage is Going on a US Tour

Infinite Monkey Cage is Going on a US Tour

Back in August, I posted about The Infinite Monkey Cage, a podcast I had discovered thanks to fellow Labber Ryan. It’s hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, and it is everything I’ve ever wanted in a podcast — it makes me learn and it makes me laugh. So imagine my excitement when I learned that this podcast, which usually stays put in its cozy UK home, is flying ... »

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