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Fighting Penicillin’s Monster: Elizabeth Hazen and Rachel Brown. (Women in Science 68)

Who (besides, obviously, bacteria) doesn’t love penicillin?  It’s on everybody’s shortlist of the most important things we’ve discovered to improve our lot on this world.  Just a hundred years ago, an infected wound often meant an amputated limb, there being no weapon to stop the spread of infection this side …

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When Memory Has Gone: The Neuroscience of Suzanne Corkin (Women in Science 66)

Forgetting is the horrible, beautiful necessity that keeps the past from swallowing the present but that, given too free a hand, picks apart the very strands of selfhood.  As recently as a half century ago, since we didn’t understand memory we had no idea of how to account for its …

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This global view of Pluto is a mosaic of 15 individual LORRI frames captured from a distance of about 170,000 kilometers around 08:45 on July 14, 2015. It has a resolution of about 850 meters per pixel. NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI / Emily Lakdawalla
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Raw Space Image Editing for Dummies

Join me in my labors as I try to teach myself how to grab raw images from NASA or some other generous space agency and edit them into hopefully glorious megafiles for printing. I make a lot of space themed art. I’ve seen other artists doing very cool things with …

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I Am an Award Winning Science Photographer!

I have been waiting years to say that and now it’s true! Well mostly true. I won a gift card and got published! I won best chemistry photo for the month of May in Chemistry and Engineering News aka c&en! WOOT. My photo was of strawberry DNA extraction and I …

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She Sang the Arc Electric: Hertha Marks Ayrton (Women in Science 65).

Sometimes, simplicity dooms.  In World War I, chlorine gas rained down upon the British soldiers blearing through their semi-lives in the trenches, killing thousands outright and leaving tens of thousands with permanent neurological damage.  The solution to this tragedy was simplicity itself, an elegant fan designed by a female physicist that, when …

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Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Composer: Gustav Holst; Music: Chicago Sinfonietta/L Donner; Video: JF Salgado (Adler Planetarium, Vectors & Pixels Unlimited). Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL.
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KV 265’s Cosmic Convergence of Science and Culture

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a dazzling night of music and astronomy films by Jose Francisco Salgado in collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta. I had seen clips of his memeworthy films from time to time on social media. It is impossible for Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy and other …

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the tragedy of dian fossey. (women in science 64)

There are people to whom it is given to wait alone on humanity’s dark edge and stand against all the worst of our collective impulses:  our greed, our indifference, our manic need for glory, our revelry in the conquering of the unfortunate and powerless, everything that civilization struggles daily to …

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Mad Art Cast Pairing Wine with Scientists

Welcome to a another fabulous episode of Mad Art Cast! This week we welcome back special guest and wine expert, Julia Burke! Last time Julia joined us she taught us a lot about wine while picking out the perfect varietals that would pair well with some famous artists. SO much …

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