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    Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator and a certified science geek. She is the illustrator of three popular science books: Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at and @eyeforscience.

    Glendon Mellow is a fine artist, illustrator and tattoo designer working in oil and digital media based in Toronto, Canada. He tweets @FlyingTrilobite. You can see Glendon's work-in-progress at The Flying Trilobite blog and portfolio at

    Katie McKissick is a former high school biology teacher turned science writer and cartoonist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her first book is called What’s in Your Genes? and will be in bookstores December 2013. She tweets @beatricebiology. Her work can be found at

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  • The Greatest Gallery On Earth Right Now is the SciArt Hashtag


    Sure, we thought we’d get a few drops, maybe even some wind damage. But the SciArt Tweet Storm is turning out to be a Great Red Spot-sized hurricane. Longer analysis of stats and impact will have to wait until the #SciArt Tweet Storm is over – the plan is to calm down March 7th – [...]

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    Help Us Start a SciArt Tweet Storm


    In addition to being artists ourselves, the Symbiartic team hopes to help advance the presence of images in science communication and culture. To that end, we would like to invite people making science-related art of all kinds to participate in an event from March 1-7 : the 1st SciArt Tweet Storm. Starting today, right now, let’s [...]

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    Quick Twitter Tip for Attributing Art


    When I see some amazing art posted on Twitter without attribution to the creator, especially by someone in science communication, I kind of lose it. Using and Google Search by Image, I usually track it down and try valiantly to communicate that they should add a credit. I usually lose the battle with my [...]

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    What Can We Learn From Renaissance Vegetables?


    Just throwing this out there. Has there been an attempt to track the meandering flow of selective breeding of fruits, vegetables and flowers by using still life paintings since the Renaissance? Are any vegetables significantly different in say, these face illusions by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (~1526-1593) than they would appear now? According to the Carrot Museum, [...]

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    Think of All Those Eggs You Missed!


    Here on Symbiartic we are embarking upon an exciting new experiment. We are taking a science theme every couple of months and presenting you with one new original piece of science art from each of us – a fine artist (Glendon Mellow), a science comic (Katie McKissick), and a scientific illustrator (yours truly). Our first [...]

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    Modern Day Alchemists Turn Toxic Runoff Into Valuable Pigments


    Artists have long used odd things in their work – Marcel Duchamp’s urinal on a pedestal comes to mind – but even when unusual ingredients are less obvious, they can be present. As my co-blogger Glendon Mellow points out in his superb Pinch of Pigment series, everything from raw earth minerals to ground up mummies [...]

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    “New Beginnings” in Comic Form

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    Here at Symbiartic, we’re exploring themes from the perspectives of a fine artist (Glendon), a scientific illustrator (Kalliopi), and a science comic (moi). Our first theme is “New Beginnings.” I do indeed love a fresh start — a new year, a new class, a new job. Nothing soothes my nerves like a blank slate with [...]

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    Crowdsourcing Women in Science and Engineering

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    I could statistic you to death about how women are still underrepresented in science and engineering, but let me just give you this one about what dismal progress we’re making: between 2000 and 2011, the proportion of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded to women remained flat. And worse, it actually declined in computer sciences, [...]

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    A Perfect Museum Photo


    This photo, taken a few weeks ago at the Royal Ontario Museum by ROMKids Assistant Coordinator/force of nature Kiron Mukherjee, captures a perfect museum moment. Liz Butler is a high school teacher and artist who regularly draws what she sees at the museum – and the ROM has been sharing her marvellous work for well [...]

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    Three Artists Tackle the Same Science: An Experiment in ScienceArt & Blogging


    This July, Symbiartic will celebrate its 4th birthday along with the entire Scientific American Blog Network. To date, we have featured more than 230 science artists in over 460 posts as the field continues to expand and come into its own. Featuring other peoples’ work and being a part of this burgeoning field has been [...]

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