Saving Oceans by Saving Otters: The Marine Conservation of Sandrine Hazan (Women in Science 25!)

Saving Oceans by Saving Otters: The Marine Conservation of Sandrine Hazan (Women in Science 25!)

The southern sea otter is the white knight of the Pacific Coastal ecosystem. In an ocean threatened by the ravenous kelp-ravaging hunger of a growing horde of sea urchins, the clever and noble otter is among the only marine creatures which are willing to eat these spikey, radially symmetric jerks. And because otters eat A Lot, the urchins are kept in check, and the kelp forests survive to serve as... »

Officially underwater: Nanowrimo update 3

Officially underwater: Nanowrimo update 3

Day: 18 Goal word count: 30,000 Word count: 25,013 Mood: Overwhelmed Prognosis: Need to sit down and write. So much for all that planning I did last week. To be fair, I think the planning did help me — when I sit down and stare at my screen with the sinking feeling that I should be writing words and instead I am drawing a blank and wishing I could watch youtube videos, I can latch on to some... »

Mad Quickies: Porcelain Fractals, Potato-Head Wedding, Bacterial Gloves, Geek Accessories, LEGO 11th Doctor and More!

Mad Quickies: Porcelain Fractals, Potato-Head Wedding, Bacterial Gloves, Geek Accessories, LEGO 11th Doctor and More!

Just when you least expect it- HEY! Here are some Quickies! Kind of magical, dontcha’ think? “mmm … idk … i kind of already have all the cows i need so i don’t really see what i would get out of this …” and other captioned depictions of women rejecting marriage proposals in Western art history. {via Courtney C.} Irish artist Nuala O’Donovan sculpts stunning hand... »

Show Us Your Ugly Things: Theatre Prop Edition

Show Us Your Ugly Things: Theatre Prop Edition

* There is a bonus Death By Puppets trailer at the end of the post. Recently I was asked to make three “large hell hound head” type puppets for a production of The Tempest my son was in. I’ve made a fair number of puppets, but rarely work large, and haven’t delved too deeply into animal shapes, so this wasn’t exactly within my wheelhouse. I started off with a small mo... »

A Tale of Physics, Betrayal, and Art: The World Premiere of Delicate Particle Logic

A Tale of Physics, Betrayal, and Art: The World Premiere of Delicate Particle Logic

It has been 70 years since nuclear fission co-discoverer Lise Meitner was passed over for the Nobel Prize, and for many, the wound is still raw and open. While we largely understand why Chien-Shiung Wu or Rosalind Franklin were denied the award (the former, because experimentalists are always passed over in favor of theorists, and the latter because Nobels aren’t given posthumously), there is some... »

Lab Track: Every Age

Lab Track: Every Age

Today’s Lab Track comes via the suggestion of Skepchick writer Jamie Bernstein, and it’s sure to give you chills. (Hey, did you know chills are associated with dopamine activity in the brain’s reward system? I wrote about that a few years ago.) The video is also very timely, what with the Philae lander touching down on comet 67P last Wednesday and humanity going oh, yeah, we land... »

Page 2 of 2981234»