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Absolutely Maybe

Science: Add Humor and Stir – Wocka, Wocka, Wocka!

Cartoon of Angus doing stand-up PhD Defense

Laughter can be a joyous shortcut between people. It’s relaxing, and a playful way to engage our minds. Science, on the other hand, can be tough to explain and digest. Traditional methods can be hard-going. So many of us reach for humor when we talk science. Comedy makes things accessible. Except, of course, when it [...]

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The Artful Amoeba

True-ish (and Hilarious) Facts About the Anglerfish

Anglerfish and comedy always seemed like a natural pairing. But it took internet humorist Ze Frank to bring the two together in one delicious dish. The natural history documentary parody series “True Facts About …” by Frank has become a minor youtube sensation. I’d seen one of his works before “True Facts About Land Snails” [...]

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Bering in Mind

Why do funny ladies like the ladies? The over-representation of lesbians in comedy

Recently I noticed a queer pattern—something that appears, for whatever reason, to have eluded serious academic consideration. Jerry Seinfeld might have opened up this can of worms by saying, "Have you ever noticed how female comedy is dominated by lesbians? Not that there’s anything wrong with that." Not all comediennes, of course, find men as [...]

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But Seriously...

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Brian Malow in the Daily Planet

Hello! Come in! Have a seat by the fire. Ooh, not so close! That’s better. Let me tell you a bit about myself… Unlike many of the bloggers here, I am not a doctor.  I sometimes say I play one in the broken dreams of my parents. And people laugh, although it isn’t a joke. [...]

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Compound Eye

An Aphid Gets Egged

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Can I feel Schadenfreude for an insect? The blobs on stalks are eggs of a fierce aphid predator, the green lacewing. Lacewings typically attach eggs to vegetation, but the overzealous insect that laid these was frisky enough to oviposit directly on the back of a milkweed aphid. Aphids will drop in response to threats, but [...]

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Observations

Neuroscientists: We Don’t Really Know What We Are Talking about, Either

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NEW YORK—At a surprise April 1 press conference, a panel of neuroscientists confessed that they and most of their colleagues make up half of what they write in research journals and tell reporters. “We’re always qualifying our conclusions by reminding people that the brain is extremely complex and difficult to understand—and it is,” says Philip [...]

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Plugged In

For the Holidays: Gingerbread Zoning Suggestions

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The obvious strain on gingerbread houses,  jelleybean-and-honey fastening products, and other sugar-based infrastructure systems brings them to our attention during the holiday season. With the increasing efforts made in city and regional planning to maximize resources, minimize environmental effects, and improve livability through pedestrian access and human-scale development, many in the development community have expressed [...]

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Symbiartic

Grumpy Shark Responds to Discovery’s Shark Week

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Discovery channel asks if C. megalodon could still be extant, Tardar megalodon answers. You tell ‘em, Tardar megalodon! Drawing by Scott Elyard. We’ve featured artwork by Elyard before here on Symbiartic: Dinosaurs & Robots rocking Anchorage. – - Coherent Light – Scott Elyard’s art blog . @coherent_light – Elyard on Twitter Scott Elyard on G+ Cubelight gfx [...]

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Symbiartic

SciArt of the Day: Eye Heart Yew

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Everyone loves a rebus!  It all began with a painting of crumpled paper and an eyeball. You’re welcome for this look into Lis Mitchell’s creative mind. – - Eye Heart Yew by Lis Mitchell / Pixelfish 2002, digital painting. For more about this painting, see Elizabeth’s DeviantArt entry. Portfolio Gallery Blog DeviantArt Twitter: @pixelfish – [...]

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Symbiartic

SciArt of the Day: Cretaceous Critter Coffee Co.

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Following our SciArt of the Day tradition of having something silly on the weekends (we’ve only been doing this 3 weeks – we have traditions?!?) I bring you Raven Amos’s Cretaceous Critter Coffee Company, starring the lovely caramel-brown Tropeognathus that also features as Raven’s blog banner. This image makes me crave coffee on a hot dusty day. [...]

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Symbiartic

SciArt of the Day: Sea Turtle Parenting Tips

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  © Katie McKissick   Sea Turtle Parenting Tips by Katie McKissick 2011, digital comic. For more about this comic, visit the blog. Blog: Beatrice the Biologist Twitter: @beatricebiology G+ Facebook Online Print Store: Beatrice the Biologist Game App: Amoeboid in the iTunes App Store – in addition to science-inspired webcomics, McKissick also created this snazzy [...]

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Symbiartic

Day-Glo Velocirabbit – bioart begins to mature

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Bioart at first seemed to be such a novelty. Artwork usually made in petri dishes by growing bacteria in patterns outlined by the placement of their foodstuffs seemed to me at first, well, a little twee. Like making a marzipan Mona Lisa. But the techniques and images are becoming more sophisticated, and with the humor [...]

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