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... »

Pink Mounting, El Diablo, and Scofflaw at Anvil Bar & Refuge

Auction: Custom Cocktail by Mixologist Anne Sauer

Cross-posted with Skepchick Events. Anne Sauer’s custom cocktail is back! This very popular item already has bids, so get yours in or put it on your watch list for Sunday, March 30, 9:00pm EDT, when the auction ends. For those not familiar with this bit of personalized deliciousness, the auction itself is for a customized drink recipe made just for you based on your taste preferences. As wit... »

Understanding the Lost Children: The Life and Science of Anna Freud

Understanding the Lost Children: The Life and Science of Anna Freud

Humans have a profound genius for generating terrible ideas.  Slavery.  Theocratic government.  But there is one particular idea we hung onto for an unfathomably long amount of time before finally questioning, and that is the notion that Children Are Property, and therefore may be treated more or less however we please.  Our appreciation for the importance of their early environment, and the respo... »

Compassionate Investigation: An Interview With the Minds Behind “Oh No, Ross & Carrie!”

Compassionate Investigation: An Interview With the Minds Behind “Oh No, Ross & Carrie!”

I have a confession: I am a podcast fiend. I’m always on the prowl for new podcasts, and I’ve gotten to where I’d much rather listen to a podcast while I work or do chores (instead of music). I’m also incredibly particular about what podcasts I listen to (Citizen Radio has spoiled me, what can I say?) – so sifting through the seemingly endless podcast listings on iTun... »

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