Mad Quickies – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and Marvel Superheroines

Mad Quickies – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and Marvel Superheroines

Time for the Friday Quickies! Today, I’m all about the the cheerful, the beautiful, uplifting and just all-around sweet things. The featured image is a composite image of Eight Hours of takeoffs at LAX by Mike Kelley. First, your nostalgia hit: The Feisty Feminism of Girls Just Want to Have Fun Femmeslash Friday looks at Frenchy and Rizzo Carol Danvers is my patronus. A preview of Captain Ma... »

Not-So-Jurassic Park

Not-So-Jurassic Park

Here’s a question for you: What do you get when you put a mammoth genome into an elephant egg? Is it a mammoth or an elephant or something else? And why would you do it? When news about the half-life of DNA preserved in ice came out, it was a bit of good news and bad news: DNA degrades at such a speed that while we can reconstruct a Neanderthal genome and a Mammoth genome, any dinosaur genom... »

Jesus’s Twin Sister, Brains Over Bust, And Serial Killer Lovers: An Indie Comic Round Up!

Jesus’s Twin Sister, Brains Over Bust, And Serial Killer Lovers: An Indie Comic Round Up!

Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) might be the last major comic book convention that is still actually and primarily about comic books, and as such it tends to draw a dizzying array of both major and underground talent.  Geoff Schaeffer and I have had a booth there the last four years for Frederick the Great, but this year was special for the variety and creativity of the independent comic a... »

Lab Track: The Return

Lab Track: The Return

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love nerdy hip hop. Deltron 3030 is a hip hop supergroup that’s perhaps the most popular creator of that kind of music — and I’m a little ashamed to say I just found out about it. Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Kid Koala make up this group that’s based on a science-fictional idea of a universe 1,000 ... »

Biological Units: The Strength of A Single Cell

Biological Units: The Strength of A Single Cell

Several recent papers have proposed methods of seeing huge numbers of individual RNA molecules within a cell. I suspect that half the appeal of these methods is the beautiful images they generate. But they’re significant largely because they allow us to pick apart biology at an increasingly tiny scale — in this case, see how an individual cell functions, rather than how the average cel... »

Mad Quickies: a dog in a unicorn mask and other stories

Mad Quickies: a dog in a unicorn mask and other stories

It’s the Friday Quickies! Cocktails down; surf’s up! Artist Andrew DeGraff has an upcoming art show called Cartography. Did you know: the sound of a kiss was made by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Voyager’s golden record, The Sounds of Earth”? Lookee here – Hubble made some modern art. The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies. You whippersnappers have no idea. Now bring me some Bris... »

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