Lab Track: What Does the Spleen Do?

Lab Track: What Does the Spleen Do?

What does the spleen do? I don’t know either. I once knew a girl who had hers out, and as a result she said she couldn’t eat fatty foods without puking. I haven’t heard of that since, though, so maybe that’s bogus. Apparently this is a common area of ignorance, so the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine class of 2016 put together a parody of “... »

sheet of white foamcore on a table, with a roll of tinfoil, roll of black duct tape, glue stick, X-Acto knife and silver embroidery floss on top and a green, gridded cutting mat underneath

Do You Want to Build a Costume?

This year was only my second CONvergence and SkepchickCon, and I’m pretty sure I’m hooked. I felt a bit left out last year because I didn’t have any awesome costumes like the rest of my fellow Labbers, so I brilliantly decided that 8:30pm two days before I was supposed to leave was a BRILLIANT time to decide “yes, costumes now!” I wanted to do something new. I mean, I... »

Street art, high-wire act

Mad Quickies: Objects Sanded Down in Stop-Motion, Paintings on Books, Lego Boba Fett Costume and More!

Hello, dear readers. It’s time for your Monday Quickies. Here at Mad Art Lab, we LOVE the art and design site Colossal. So here’s a nice smattering of recent highlights from them. There’s also a couple from i09 that I couldn’t resist throwing in. I hope your week doesn’t suck. This is officially my new favorite thing: Objects that are sanded down, layer by layer, whil... »

Nature, Nuture, and Social Justice

Nature, Nuture, and Social Justice

Over the past week, several articles have come to my attention for various reasons that stress the “nature” part of “nature vs. nurture”. And as I read them, I noticed that the reaction they provoked wasn’t a scientific one necessarily, but a philosophical one. Maybe even a moral one. And here’s the thing: I think that “solving” the “nature vs. nurture” debate is actually a sideline from the moral... »

Lord of The Rings themed Subway Service Notice

Mad Quickies: Photographic Hoaxes, Mount Doom Subway Stop, The Big Coloring Book of Vaginas and More!

Well here we are. It’s Friday again. Before you begin staring at the clock, counting the minutes til your weekend begins, stare at these Quickies that I’ve assembled. Just for you. Yes. You, Frank. “My work – I wouldn’t want to be pretentious – is pedagogic. It’s a pedagogy of doubt, protecting us from the disease of manipulation.” The photographic hoaxes of pho... »

Paintings From The Space Lab

Paintings From The Space Lab

The annual sci-fi event in Minnesota known as Convergence happened recently, and I was thrilled to once again be a part of it. As many of you may know, this blog network helps to organize the science track at Convergence that we call SkepchickCon. We pack the stages with as many women scientists as we can and we also organize a lot of fun geeky-art panels and workshops intended to inspire and educ... »

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