Riddle of Valyrian Steel part 2 – Damascus

A little while ago I joined the American Chemical Society in making a video about Valyrian steel with and overlong companion piece here on the blog. There was some complaint that I had ignored an obvious contender when discussing possible materials, though: Damascus steel. It was a conscious decision to skip …

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Lymph, There It Is: Florence Sabin, Pioneer Woman of Medical Research (Women in Science 39)

For women in science, posterity has three fates in store. Some, like Marie Curie or Rosalyn Yalow, are recognized in their time and remain that way in the history books. Others, like Mary Anning or Marie Tharp, have to wait for later generations to rediscover them. And then there’s that …


Recipes By Scientists: #WTWTCH No Bake Oatmeal Chews

Ever wonder what a scientist eats? Do they chew on stars and savor the sweet, sweet flavors of knowledge? Or do they actually eat food like the rest of us? Well, starting today, we will try to answer that question with a new series of recipes approved and eaten by …

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Computing Venus: The Astronomy of Maria Mitchell (Women in Science 38)

In the early nineteenth century nothing about the island of Nantucket made sense. It was simultaneously a hotbed of Quakerism and of the notoriously bawdy and violent whaling industry, a deeply conservative and god-fearing community that was at the same time at the fore-front of gender equality in education and …

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What The Heck is a Flame Test?

What is a flame test you ask? Well for one thing it is a series of paintings in progress that I am working on this month for my Patreon supported science and art project. But the real-deal is that the flame test is a fascination and eye catching technique used …

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Mad Art Cast with Elmo, Kristen Bell and Vaccines!

This week we bring you a quickie episode of Mad Art Cast where the gang gives you a run down on vaccines! Vaccines are good. You should get them. You know who else agrees? The Surgeon General and Elmo. We discuss this adorable public service video and the fact that the …

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Gerty Radnitz Cori: Glycogen to Glucose, and Back Again (Women in Science 37)

For a science teacher, perhaps the most dreaded question is “What Is Energy?” Sure, we have a standard answer – “The ability to do work” – but it’s a linguistic gloss over a principle so diverse in its manifestations that to go much further is to get lost amongst the …

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New Horizons – A Painting about a Spacecraft

This painting marks a point in time, when for the first time, a spacecraft sent from Earth traveled all the way to Pluto and the Kuiper belt. That text, along with some other cool facts that were looked over and recommended by my science adviser on this project, The Bad …