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This is the Painting That Started My #Patreon Project

This is the Painting That Started My #Patreon Project

I wanted to do a painting about DNA and so I did. But what I didn’t understand at the time was that those cool looking bars that connect the two sides of the DNA strand are called base pairs and that there are four specific types of nucleotide pairing. What that means is if you are going to accurately represent DNA you can only use four colors within those “bars” and that two of ... »

Surly Amy Has a #SciArt Patreon Project. Please support!

Surly Amy Has a #SciArt Patreon Project. Please support!

I was so inspired by all of the art and science panels at ChiFi this weekend that I decided to finally try to reach for one of my big dreams. And that big dream is to start painting again and making ceramic fine art pieces that are heavily linked to science. You only live once, folks and life is short. I know that this project may fail, but I’d hate myself if I didn’t try. Here is a li... »

The stars in our cells

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 statistical methods used to model both phenomena are exactly the same. It’s one of those rare... »

Mad Art Cast Episode 3: #sciart Quickie

Mad Art Cast Episode 3: #sciart Quickie

Mad Art Cast Quickie! We’re dropping our third overall episode but our second short episode this week to shout about the cool #sciart tweet storm happening over at Twitter. Listen in then go check out the art! Scroll down to listen to the podcast! »

Mad Art Cast is live!

Mad Art Cast is live!

Big news! The crew here at Mad Art Lab have started a podcast!  Mad Art Cast is available by clicking the link below, or by connecting to your favorite podcatcher here! Mad Art Cast features Amy Davis Roth as our host, with Ashley Hamer, Brian George and me rounding out the voices. Similar to this blog itself, our discussions are at the intersection of art and science. We’re interested in he... »

#SciArt is Beautiful, Smart and Inspiring

#SciArt is Beautiful, Smart and Inspiring

The brilliant mind of Glendon Mellow from the blog Symbiartic has instigated what may be the best Tweet-storm of all time. Starting today and running through March 7th. Glendon is encouraging everyone to tweet their favorite SciArt creations using the hashtag #SciArt. Anyone can participate, even if you are not an artist, join in by tweeting links to people you like that make science inspired art ... »

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... »

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