Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: Accidental Renaissance, Black Hole Water Slide, Tesla Art, Space MacGyvers and More!

You Guys- it’s a mean and hateful world out there but when I get really depressed about it, I remember that people make art and people do science and there are very special people who mix the two and produce something so beautiful that it always gives me a glimmer of hope for humanity. It’s time to immerse ourselves in an art-and-science group hug. Onward to the weekend! and the Quickies!

Kiran Bhumber is a musician. Nancy Lee is a filmmaker and new media artist. They collaborated on Pendula, an immersive and interactive audio-visual installation. Video included. Read more about Bhumber and Lee and how their disciplines converged to create Pendula.

So I was loving this image of Cosmonaut Elena Serova taken by NASA’s Bill Ingalls and how it makes her look like a painting and then I realized there is such a thing as Accidental Renaissance. Holy balanced Botticelli, that’s amazing!

Speaking of awesome space people, you’ll be astounded (and maybe a little scared) by how much astronauts have done with duct tape and electrical tape.

How can you not love this infographic? The Evolution Of The Batman Logo, From 1940 To Today.

Instagram find: From their blog. Inside the Manuscripts of @themorganlibrary with @cnlibrarian.

Photographer Marc Simon Frei arcing objects to a Tesla coil and took pictures that resemble miniature lightning storms. Cool!

How awesome is this?! In Bremerhaven, Germany, people at Bad 1 can go down a black hole water slide. EEEEEEEE! Video included.

Seth Bling created the program “Marl/O” to applies machine learning to the iconic video game Super Mario World and teaches us about evolution. Video included.


What did you do today? Well, the Backyard Scientist did a cool thing.

He poured 7 different metals into water.

Read more here.

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Ive been pouring 7 different metals into a 24″ tall aquarium over the weekend, and the results have been super cool! I poured metals with different melting points to see if they had any different effects when they came in contact with water. From Pewter (350f/170c) all the way to Thermite (4000f/2204c). Some of them exploded, some of them sank and made molten metal drippy-castles, but they were all interesting. Here is a list of metals I used, and their melting points:

Pewter 338–446 °F – 170–230 °C
Tin – 449.5°F (231.9°C)
Bismuth – 520.6°F (271.4°C)
Lead – 621.5°F (327.5°C)
Zinc – 787.2°F (419.5°C)
Aluminum – 1,221°F (660.3°C)
Iron – 2,800°F (1,538°C) 4000f (2200 C) Reaction

I don’t have anything against the usage of celsius, or aluminiuminum. Im not calling you communists either, im just messing with you guys because you always yell about my pronunciation 😉 (but seriously its aluminum in America!)

I poured in the metals as soon as they were fully liquid, so they could not raise too far above the melting point and skew the results. This video is a great demonstration of the leidenfrost effect.


Featured image is by NASA’s Bill Ingalls of Cosmonaut Elena Serova mapped ou tin the Golden Mean.



Geologic Universe, vault-keeper. Sheer Brick Studio, principal. Empty Set, designer. Bethlehem Mounties, media. WDIY 88.1FM NPR station programmer. Skepchick.

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