Mad Art Cast- Creativity, Destruction and Pride

Mad Art Cast- Creativity, Destruction and Pride

Hey friends it time for another episode of our podcast! Get to know your Mad Art Casters and the Dog of Doom! Listen to A’s radio voice, learn about her “un-imposter syndrome.” Follow Ashely’s cat, Aglet and learn to recognize when Brian is talking! Hear about the art we are working on and learn cool facts like: What is a drupe? Is an avocado a fruit? What is a lift? And th... »

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

This is a joint post by Skepchick writer Julia Burke and Mad Art Lab contributor Ashley Hamer. When Anne Sauer alerted us to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal by Lettie Teague asking whether music can influence the actual taste of wine, the prospect of enjoying our two favorite things (Ashley’s a musician; Julia is a wine geek) was enough incentive to check it out. What is the relationsh... »

Mad Quickies: Donut in Space, Bigfoot Bundt, Saucy Faux Pas, Pied Piper and More!

Mad Quickies: Donut in Space, Bigfoot Bundt, Saucy Faux Pas, Pied Piper and More!

Ahoy, maties! Time for your Quickies diversion. Batten your hatches because surf’s up! Information is Beautiful sez that these are the top 500 passwords. Is yours here? The data viz is interactive. French artist Abdelkader Benchamma and NYU astrophysicist Maryam Modjaz collaborated on identifying and visualizing “dark matter” in a mixed media installation on view at The Drawing C... »

The dragon advances

Mad Quickies: Site-Specific Illusions, Touring a Nebula, 7-Year-Old Comic Book Author and More!

As Donna mentioned on Wednesday, she and I have switcheroo-ed our posting days this week. I hope I do her proud with this installment of Friday Quickies. Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell’s iconic 1943 Rosie the Riveter painting, has died at the age of 92. – Via Amy Here is the scientific guide to the mythic beasts of Game of Thrones that you requested. – Via Courtney Nat... »

Mad Quickies: Silver Hubble, Gamergate Booth Booted, Secret Music, Meteors, Moira and More!

Mad Quickies: Silver Hubble, Gamergate Booth Booted, Secret Music, Meteors, Moira and More!

Hey guys- happy mid-week and all that. You look like you need a little snack. I asked the fabulous Brian if we could switcheroo today and Friday so I will be your server today. Here ya’ go- have some tasty Quickies! The Bad Astronomer sez: Happy 25th anniversary, Hubble! and posts 12.5 brain-melting photos. Experimental musician Noah Wall surreptitiously recorded customers at a music equipme... »

New Horizons – A Painting about a Spacecraft

New Horizons – A Painting about a Spacecraft

This painting marks a point in time, when for the first time, a spacecraft sent from Earth traveled all the way to Pluto and the Kuiper belt. That text, along with some other cool facts that were looked over and recommended by my science adviser on this project, The Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait are included on this piece about the New Horizons Spacecraft. This is an exciting time to be alive and wit... »

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