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Man of Steel a Superman Science Review

Man of Steel a Superman Science Review

Man of Steel was released a couple of weeks ago and I had the chance to see it. I liked it, overall. It was exciting and the action was pretty solid. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I want to talk about the depiction of science in the film. I’m going to ignore both Kryptonian superpowers and their justification. That’s the buy in for superman. He’s super b... »

Nerd Racism – A Defense

Nerd Racism – A Defense

It would appear that someone had had the audacity of considering an African American actor for the role of the Human Torch in an upcoming Fantastic Four movie. Naturally some people have lost their collective shit. I posit that while this looks like blatant racism, some of the rage is from a different, and while equally irrational, less offensive source. I mean some of it definitely is racism. But... »

Mad Quickies 2.1

Mad Quickies 2.1

It’s the Friday Quickies! Surf’s up! Mads Madsen makes spectacular colorized images of historical icons. {via Geo} Check out the gorgeous Chemical Atlas by the founder of PopSci. Hiroshi Nakamura designed the stunning Optical Glass House. {video} Kevin Collert’s movie posters on The Avengers illustrate the characters’ duality. {via Elizabeth H.} Your eye candy for the day: ... »

Mad Quickies 6.29

Mad Quickies 6.29

It’s the Friday Quickies! Surf’s up! Fireflies on the Water is Yayoi Kusama’s installation at the Whitney. And these are Bruce Munro’s massive lighting installations. This. Just in. New video game technology finally allows for rendering of average-sized breasts. {via Anne} This essay on the humble paper clip is just one in a series on The Evolution of Everyday Objects. The ... »

Supercapes

Supercapes

In preparation to a Panel at CONvergence, I’m going to explore some of the oddities in the superhero dress code. More specifically, I intend to explore the physics needed for them to do what they do. My first exploration will be into the drag forces on capes. The cape is a rather popular accessory for the comic book hero. Their aesthetic appeal clearly outweighs the tripping and strangulatio... »