Mad Quickies: fractal animations, Duchampian chess, mirror doodles and more!

Mad Quickies: fractal animations, Duchampian chess, mirror doodles and more!

You’ve made it this far into the week. Bravo! Here- have some nice Quickies to celebrate. I’m sure you’ve seen some wonderful fractal animations. But, honestly, this Fractal Experience Part 2 by cross-media artist Eric Söderberg will truly blow your mind. {found via @MrPrudence} Storehouse founder Mark Kawano had been a senior designer at Apple for seven years. Mark talks about 4... »

The Ghost of Evolution, or Why We Still Have Avocados + Guacamole!

The Ghost of Evolution, or Why We Still Have Avocados + Guacamole!

Have you ever stopped to wonder about the avocado’s bizarrely large seed? How on earth this most scrumptious of plants could ever have propagated itself in the wild when swallowing such a seed could mean extreme discomfort when passing it or even death by choking? Unlike many other plants we eat that humans have genetically manipulated over the years to make larger, more nutritious, and more... »

Logophile Tuesday: A Face in Need of a Fist

Logophile Tuesday: A Face in Need of a Fist

English contains more words than is in any way necessary for clear and specific communication. The Oxford English Dictionary contains in excess of six hundred thousand words, and yet, we still seem to lack means of expressing some critical concepts in less than a sentence. English has had a rocky history and has been assaulted by as many languages as it has pillaged. Even now, as it attempts to co... »

Album of the (last) Week – Open Mike Eagle’s “Dark Comedy”

Album of the (last) Week – Open Mike Eagle’s “Dark Comedy”

Hello there, Lab Rats. Apologies for the late post, but I’m back to let you in on one of Hip-Hops best kept secrets: Open Mike Eagle. As a member of the Hellfyre Club collective (who has an impressive roster including personal favorites Busdriver and Milo), Mike has found his own track making heady rap over some of the more interesting, less cookie-cutter beats unlike those that permeate muc... »

Skepchick network contributors dressed as characters from Orange Is The New Black at Convergence

Mad Quickies: MAL and Skepchick at CONvergence, World’s Oldest Erotic Graffiti, Photo Paper Exposed to Fireworks and More!

It’s Monday and there’s nothing I can do about that. But I can treat you to some fantastic things I’ve stumbled across over the weekend. Because I love you. This past weekend was CONvergence which means it was also SkepchickCON! A whole bunch of Lab writers and Skepchicks were there and The Escapist has some coverage, including two fabulous cosplay slideshows, here and here, feat... »

Mad Quickies: sardine cans, paper microbes, lightning and more

Mad Quickies: sardine cans, paper microbes, lightning and more

It’s the Friday Quickies! Sorry I’m late today, guys. I was busy celebrating Independence Day in the age-old customs of our American ancestors: with cookouts and fireworks. And now for some liberty links… Happy birthday, America! Here are 247 years of American flags, visualized. Get the poster at Pop Chart Lab Women in Science: Einstein’s Advice to a Little Girl Who Wants to Be a... »

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