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... »

Detail of kinetic sculpture by Jennifer Townley

Mad Quickies: Kinetic Sculptures, Anamorphic Chalk Murals, Portraits of Women Artists and More!

Hey there gang. It’s been a busy week for me so far. But I’m never too busy to share some Quickies with you, Darlene. Let’s start things off right. Check out these fantastic kinetic sculptures by Jennifer Townley that use *gasp* math and science and stuff! From the artist’s statement: “The works derive from her fascination with science, with an emphasis on physics, en... »

Anna Atkins: Bontanist, Photographer, Pioneer

Anna Atkins: Bontanist, Photographer, Pioneer

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 216th birthday of Anna Atkins, English botanist and photographer. While that may not sound remarkable at first, those simple credentials take on a new night when we consider the context: at that time, women were considered as amateur scientists only, and photography was new. In 1843, Atkins published “Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressi... »

#EveryDaySexism and Frida Kahlo

#EveryDaySexism and Frida Kahlo

  For anyone who doesn’t know, The hashtag #EverydaySexism has been alive and kicking on twitter for quite sometime now. It’s a somewhat constant, spontaneous documentation of the average things that happen to women on a daily basis that reinforce the statis quo and the oppression and objectification of women as a whole. It’s often a documentation of the simple things that m... »

The W³ Cube: 95% Tungsten 100% BS

The W³ Cube: 95% Tungsten 100% BS

Something hit my radar recently thanks to my good friend Jim that was too absurd to let pass silently into internet history without a certain degree of incredulity being poured upon it. Kickstarter is no stranger to absurdist campaigns. For the most part, these campaigns at least know that they are absurd. They are acts of comedy or thinly veiled scams. This one though… I have watched and re... »

Mad Quickies: Goodbye Mr. Pratchett, Sound Science, Simpsons Conspiracy, Planetarium Book, Fun at MOMA and More!

Mad Quickies: Goodbye Mr. Pratchett, Sound Science, Simpsons Conspiracy, Planetarium Book, Fun at MOMA and More!

Hello, fellow art nerds! This is such a glorious day! … unless, of course, you’re a triskaidekaphobe … and then you’re just hiding out until Pi Day dawns tomorrow. Herewith for you end o’ the week enjoyment are a few links I think you’ll like. Sorry for the sadness here but we need to say a fond goodnight, Terry Pratchett and thanks for all your fantastic words.... »

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