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First: The Astrophysics and Astronautics of Sally Ride. (Women in Science 43)

Heroes are supposed to be monodimensional, startling and exceptional in one narrow aspect of life and a complex, barely functioning mess when it comes to everything else.  It makes us comfortable as normal humans – “Well, I might not have written Der Ring des Nibelungen, but at least I’m not …

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Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: Robots Singing 90s Ballads, Recycled Skateboard Guitars, Art Crime Blotter and More!

There’s no time for long winded nonsense. Dig in! I know what you’re thinking – “Hey Brian, is there a police blotter type thing for art crimes?” Yes. There is. Researcher Stefan Eberhard is honored for his photography. Teenage me (and frankly, 37 year-old me) is in love with these …

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Mad Art Cast Episode 21: Hitler Music Quickie!

Is it possible that music is making you evil? This week’s quickie episode explores the strange conspiracy theories that surround 440 Hz, the frequency around which we tune virtually all modern Western music. We listen to some Pink Floyd and talk about Ted Gioia’s Daily Beast article, Are We All …

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Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: Pee-Free Walls, Spacecraft Sounds, GoT Characters Autocorrected, the Remake Project and More!

Quickly, my friends, have some Quickies. It would be nice to have some Quik as well. (Chocolate or strawberry for you?) Beverages notwithstanding, I say, Onward! Artist James Chapman illustrated Game of Thrones characters as their autocorrected names. {via Courtney} San Francisco is trying out an innovation that seems to …

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Art About Von Economo Neurons

This is a painting I created with the oversight of neuroscientist and opera singer, Indre Viskontas. This painting is part of my ongoing Patreon project and was originally posted there. This piece of art is meant to highlight the largest and most recently evolved neurons in the brain called, Von …

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Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: Ambiguous Colors, Gehry Sand Castles, Light Calligraphy, Shatner Sings and Much More!

You guyz- WE MADE IT! I hope each one and every one of you is as happy as this dog. I’ve got some Quickies for you. Onward! This quote is fantastic: “I think a scientist is on a personal journey that is very similar to what an artist takes. They …

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Riddle of Valyrian Steel part 2 – Damascus

A little while ago I joined the American Chemical Society in making a video about Valyrian steel with and overlong companion piece here on the blog. There was some complaint that I had ignored an obvious contender when discussing possible materials, though: Damascus steel. It was a conscious decision to skip …

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Art About Von Economo Neurons

This is a painting I created with the oversight of neuroscientist and opera singer, Indre Viskontas. This painting is part of my ongoing Patreon project and was originally posted there. This piece of art is meant to highlight the largest and most recently evolved neurons in the brain called, Von …

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ComicphysicsScience

First: The Astrophysics and Astronautics of Sally Ride. (Women in Science 43)

Heroes are supposed to be monodimensional, startling and exceptional in one narrow aspect of life and a complex, barely functioning mess when it comes to everything else.  It makes us comfortable as normal humans – “Well, I might not have written Der Ring des Nibelungen, but at least I’m not …

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Mad Art Cast: Neuroscience and Music with Special guest Indre Viskontas

Welcome to another episode of Mad Art Cast! This episode is super special because we have a brilliant guest who is a neuroscientist AND an opera singer! Joining us this week is Indre Viskontas! Indre is an expert at blending art and science and we are so excited to have …

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