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What’s in the stars for New York City?

What’s in the stars for New York City?

Apparently you can make an astrological chart for anything with a birth date and time, including cities. Why should they get left out of the fun? Someone over at DNAinfo.com’s New York site decided to ask professional astrologer Shelley Ackerman to consult the stars about what’s on the horizon for the Big Apple in 2013, and she delivers. Delivers a bunch of  vague nonsense and statistical probabil... »

Fauxtography Part 2: “PSYCHO”kinesis

Fauxtography Part 2: “PSYCHO”kinesis

My inspiration this week is telekinesis and psychokinesis. In scouring the nightmare of “scientific” research that is out there on telekinesis/psychokinesis, I actually learned an interesting factoid about the two words. Originally, the word “telekinesis” was used to describe objects being moved by ghosts, demons, imps, or other such supernatural forces via a medium. The na... »

The Wonders of Life

The Wonders of Life

So it may be apparent that we here at Mad Art Lab like it when people mix things up a bit when it comes to art and science. Along that vein, I present you the trailer for the upcoming BBC miniseries, Wonders of Life featuring the musical musings of Eric Idle. That’s right, the particle physicist, Brian Cox, is doing a nature documentary to the tune of a Monty Python classic. These guys at th... »

The Eight Planets

The Eight Planets

I turned them into ceramic coasters. »

Twitter drawings for all

Twitter drawings for all

Hey so I’ve been absent for a little while, my bad. I started a new job in November and have been busy adjusting to my new schedule, and adjust to the fact that I have a job that I LOVE AND WHAT IS THIS FEELING? Ahem. Anyways, the downside to working full time is that I had less time to devote to art. But since it’s the holidays, and I have time off, I decided to do some sketches, with... »

A remarkable image of a coil of DNA, from a paper in Nano Letters

Visualizing Biomolecules: X-ray Crystallography

You know you’re a nerd when your tumblr feed lights up with claims like “DNA HELIX PHOTOGRAPHED WITH AN ELECTRON MICROSCOPE FOR THE FIRST TIME!!”. Which is what mine did this past week. We even mentioned this image in the quickies yesterday, linking to an article that blithely repeated the crucial falsehood that it was a single double-stranded DNA molecule. And you know you’re even more of a... »

Reconstructing a Face

Reconstructing a Face

We did some weird projects in grad school, and the bulk of them were in Ray’s class. Ray is a really cool guy, and even has an IMDB page. He taught intro techniques for anaplastology, or facial prosthetics (post on this subject coming next month). We cast our own ears in dental stone and then had to sculpt their mirror images in clay. This is something you’d have to do to make a prosth... »

This clustergram uses a red/black/green color scheme.

The Art of Science: Expressing Gene Expression

I might have had the past month of my life swallowed by writing and editing a paper analyzing a massive RNA sequencing data set. And that means that what is on my mind right now is how we visualize massive biological data sets. In particular, RNA sequencing data sets. In particular, relative RNA expression levels. And, especially in particular, the obvious problems with the most popular method of ... »

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