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Spider Silk Transhumanism

Spider Silk Transhumanism

This artist “fused” spider silk and human skin cells to make a material that can kind of, sort of, deflect a bullet. The statement is (supposed to be) one on transhumanism and technology: if we have the technology to make our skin as strong as a bullet-proof vest, what becomes of safety? What becomes of humanity? Of course, I’m not much of an artist, but I do know a thing or two ... »

The Perot Museum: An Oasis of Science

The Perot Museum: An Oasis of Science

With all of the controversy surrounding Texas schools teaching Creationism (including Young Earth Creationism which teaches that the Earth is only 6,000 years old), and Texas Governor Rick Perry stating “In Texas, we teach both creationism and evolution,” when he was asked a question by a young boy during his campaign, scientific-minded Texans have cause for alarm. But even in the bible belt there... »

Mad Quickies 1.25

Mad Quickies 1.25

It’s the Wednesday Quickies! Clickety click! British explorer Robert Falcon Scott was the founder of The South Polar Times. Here’s the story: Penguins, Hockey and Serious Stuff Too: Scott’s Polar Chronicles. Folio Society encourages you to own a piece of Polar history. This will blow the beret off your bean. The new French hacker-artist underground. Literally underground. {via Brian} L... »

MAD Quickies 10.26

MAD Quickies 10.26

The evolution of Apple ads 1975-2002 Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing — now at the gorgeous Computer History Museum. An epic infographic collection is comin’ at ya’ soon. It’s Listomania! Today’s procrastination strategy: Cheese or Font {thanks to Fred Bremmer} Brian Hart paints with light. You can find him here and here as well. »

Thank you, Steve.

Thank you, Steve.

Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011 “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride … all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to... »

Mad Quickies 9.28

Mad Quickies 9.28

“Lives within a drop of water” is one of the collections of light microscope images in the Nikon Small World competition “Recognizing Excellence in Photography through the Microscope”. This is a visual feast and a perfect amalgam of aesthetics and microphotographic expertise. Each image has an explanatory attribution. Here’s a new way to do laundry…but it spins ... »

Be Your Own Souvenir

Be Your Own Souvenir

What do you get when you hack together three Kinects and a RepRap, and add a bunch of tourists? Magic. »

AI: Video Games as Art

The Time Lords are among us! I’m currently at PAX East having the time of my life, but I wrote this message ahead of time and am now sending it to you from the past to the present. Hm. That doesn’t sound nearly as impressive as sending messages back in time. But the gaming convention reminded me, it was almost a year ago that Roger Ebert wrote on his blog a phrase that, to me, was more... »