Grace Hopper and the Democratization of Computer Programming (Women in Science 35)

Grace Hopper and the Democratization of Computer Programming (Women in Science 35)

In a room across the hall from where I teach, a group of a dozen kids between the ages of nine and thirteen are learning how to program in Python, grasping the basics of the language with what can only be described as freakish ease and comfort. It’s quite a disarming sight, and it wouldn’t have been possible if someone, somewhere deep in the the history of computer programming, hadn... »

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Mad Quickies: Mammoth Is Mopey, Molten Glass on Paper, AfroPuffs and More!

Hey gang. Sorry I haven’t been around, but I have a good excuse. I was working on a big ol’ mural of the New Horizons probe! It’s not that I don’t love you all. It’s just that I love that little spacecraft more. But anyway, I have returned to bring you your mid-week Quickies. Our SciArt pals, David and Jennie Orr, have an IndieGoGo campaign to publish their alphabet b... »

Radio Astronomers are LOOKING not Listening to the Cosmos

Radio Astronomers are LOOKING not Listening to the Cosmos

Support more of my science and art projects like this one on my Patreon. One of the myths about the science of radio astronomy is that scientists are listening to the cosmos in hopes of finding alien life. This myth has become part of popular culture primarily because of the word, “radio” and because of the very popular movie, Contact where we see Jodi Foster intently listening with he... »

Mad Quickies: Animal Activist Projects, LEGO fashion, Hand-drawn Data, the Why of Kawaii and More!

Mad Quickies: Animal Activist Projects, LEGO fashion, Hand-drawn Data, the Why of Kawaii and More!

Good day, Maties- if you’ve got a few minutes, I’ve got some cool things here you might like! Surf’s up! In Pieces is a haunting tribute to 30 endangered species created by designer Bryan James with nothing but CSS polygons. The site includes Threat information and animal-specific preservation organizations. One of the best things an animal-activist photographer can do is take pi... »

The Riddle of Valyrian Steel

The Riddle of Valyrian Steel

In the Song of Ice and Fire series, a Valyrian steel sword is the finest blade any warrior could hope to carry. Said to be “Stronger than any common steel, lighter, harder, sharper,” with dark, visible ripples running through it showing the thousand foldings needed to craft such a blade. It is nearly indestructible and impervious to ordinary fire. They say that the blades were spell-forged in drag... »

Mad Quickies: Cosmic Eggs, Eerie Underwater Art, Free Space Sounds, Gluten-Free Art and More!

Mad Quickies: Cosmic Eggs, Eerie Underwater Art, Free Space Sounds, Gluten-Free Art and More!

Hello hello hello! Spring has finally started to live up to its name in my corner of the planet and I’m feeling darn energetic. I’ve decided to channel my cabin fever into a list of vernal fabulosity, which is so much more fun than spring cleaning. To wit… Crafty Allison Murray of Dream a Little Bigger can show you how to make colorful galaxy Easter eggs. {via Anne S.} Sculptor J... »

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