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Mad Quickies: Science Comm Sans Images, Comic-Con Cosplay, Liquid Magnets and More!

Hello, Friends— It’s time to put down whatever you’re doing and chill for a bit with some remarkable moments in our culture. HAPPILY remarkable, I should say, because that’s an important distinction anymore. And away we go!

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Science illustrator and writer, Glendon Mellow asked the question: “Can you imagine what science communication would be like without images?”

Although this article had been published in 2014, Glendon revisited it and shined it up a bit to revisit since it’s more salient a topic than ever.

He says: “Again on Twitter and Facebook, I find myself leveling criticisms at particular sites and railing against improper image use in science communication. Again.”

“After arguing with (arguably) allies in science communication I was fed up. Fed up with the attitude that unattributed images are just a (small) sacrifice for the net good of science communication to the populace at large. Fed up that photographers, cartoonists & illustrators are considered by many to be lesser professions than scientists & educators. Fed up that rapid image sharing (oh I’m sorry: “curation”) can trample so many creators and yet lead to fame and fortune.”

https://www.symbiartic.com/home/scicomm-what-if-all-the-images-went-awayYou would do well to read the rest of his post. I say bravo for fixing a light on this situation with a brilliant and powerful hypothetical

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This New Liquid is Magnetic, and Mesmerizing — “Scientists have created “soft” magnets that can flow and change shape, and that could be a boon to medicine and robotics.”

“Throughout this history, one thing has remained constant: Our magnets have been made from solid materials. But what if scientists could make magnetic devices out of liquids?”

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These Infinity Cube Lamps are incredible and totally trippy.

“Named after 19th-century physicist and optics pioneer Augustin-Jean Fresnel, Sean Augustine March’s Fresnel Lamps are a sight to behold. Made from dichroic glass, LEDs pass through metal particles embedded in the glass of the lamp’s double-box construction.”

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A super-fun and very satisfying scroll you’ll want to share: All the Legendary Cosplay We Saw at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Day 1

“San Diego Comic-Con is back, baby, and the cosplay is looking bigger and better than ever. Thousands of cosplayers and fans have flocked to the San Diego Convention Center to show off their tributes to amazing shows, films, comics, and video games.” And io9 has got the best of it in this feature.

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Whimsical—silly,even—fun and expert, you will be charmed by Edward Lear’s Nonsense Botany. “With his Nonsense Botany series the Victorian artist and writer Edward Lear turned his peculiar brand of verbal and visual invention to the world of plant taxonomy.”

You can view the entire tome on of Edward Lear’s Nonsense Books housed at the Internet Archive at

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This is a stunning visual poem to Yemeni-born Brooklyn-raised Muslim hotel worker who saved many lives on 9/11. The director is Paul Stone, a friend of Abdu Malahi, the hero of our story.

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Donna

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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