Portrait of Les Horribles Cernettes. First image uploaded to the world wide web

Mad Quickies: Les Horribles Cernettes, Walter White Bobblehead In Space, Life-Size Faeries and More!

Hello friends. It’s a beautiful Friday morning (at least in Brooklyn), but before you go out to frolic your weekend away, you must delve into the Friday Quickies. They will fortify you and give you something to talk about after crashing your neighbors’ barbecue. This story is beguiling. I am charmed beyond all measure. In 1990, what began as the playful lament of a couple working at CE... »

Sofia Kovalevskaya: Love Makes All the Partial Difference

Sofia Kovalevskaya: Love Makes All the Partial Difference

Everybody needs love, but for some the striving after it so dominates their every action and decision that it becomes impossible to ever truly find. Veering between professions, friendships, and lovers, their desire for perfect love driving away by its intensity anybody who might have offered it, those possessed by such a need rarely live happily or end well, but their lives dazzle as against the ... »

Science has an Image Problem

Science has an Image Problem

One of the joys of being involved with one of the more literary-focused areas of science is obscure or interesting words become par for the course. Now, for those of you who don’t spend your days agonizing over narrative structure, linguistic trickery and obscure words, I bring you a definition from Wikipedia: “A synecdoche is a figure of speech in which a term for a part of something ... »

Lemon: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5 André Karwath

Kitchen Lab: So a Lemon Walks Into a Bar…

I don’t know where it came from, but I had a sneaky craving for lemon bars a week or so ago. Sneaky in that it kinda crept up on me, like, “Oh, those might be a good thing to eat soon,” and then after a while I was Googling bakeries. They’re not exactly the easiest thing to find off-the-shelf, so I thought I’d find out how to make them myself. Turns out they’re ... »

Mad Quickies: armored Barbie, bittersweet geometry, a tiny monster and more

Mad Quickies: armored Barbie, bittersweet geometry, a tiny monster and more

Welcome to the mid-week Quickies! Tokyo-based artist Megumi Igarashi was arrested on obscenity charges for sending data that could be used to print 3D models of her vagina. {via Anne S.} Gaming the galaxy – “A new video game is revealing a number of conflicts between its model of the Milky Way and previous astronomical assumptions.” Jim Rodda had a bunch of fans who thought his kicksta... »

The Science of Bubbles + Bubble Universe Cocktail

The Science of Bubbles + Bubble Universe Cocktail

This post is based on a demonstration I gave in the Skepchick Space Lab at CONvergence 2014 on the science of bubbles. If you saw the demo and came to check out the blog, welcome! (My post about the molecular gastronomy Sandbox will be up next week!) Below is a video of the demo, filmed by our wonderful volunteer Chris Pederson. A written version of the presentation is below the fold, followed by ... »

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