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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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  • 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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    Girl Discovers the Hugs Bison


    The elusive Hugs Bison has been found. Brilliant visual wordplay by the always delightful Niroot Puttapipat. We featured some of his drawings on Symbiartic back in August, and make sure you’re following his new Instagram account @himmapaan. Links: Himmapaan – blog Niroot Puttapipat Illustration – Facebook page @Niroot on Twitter @Himmapaan on Instagram Prints available [...]

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    Trilobite in Glass


    Trilobite Stained Glass © Bill Porter Trilobite Stained Glass © Bill Porter It is a pipe dream of mine to one day purchase a cathedral and transform it into a giant temple of science. When that day comes, I know who will need to create the stained glass. Bill Porter created this stunning stained glass [...]

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    Before Manned Spaceflight There Was “Chimpanned” Spaceflight


    On January 31, 1961, a brave 3-year-old chimpanzee was strapped into a capsule inside the Mercury Redstone rocket and launched 160 miles above the earth. For 16 minutes, he orbited at a speed of 5857 mph before crashing down into the Atlantic Ocean, a little dehydrated, but otherwise unharmed. This furry astronaut, dubbed HAM (for [...]

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    Cash is Bad for Creativity? Yeah, Right


    A discussion once again erupted this month, fuelled by rapid re-sharing of the headline, “Why cash and copyright are bad for creativity” and a post on The Conversation by Dan Hunter. The premise put forth by Hunter, based on studies by Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, and Teresa Amabile, is summed up nicely here: “…artists [...]

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    Viral Inspiration

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    Exactly three weeks ago I started feeling awful. It’s been 21 days of a viral roller coaster — getting better, feeling worse, coughing, bruising ribs (from all the coughing), getting sick of cough drops, and running out of tissues. It can be pretty hard to get work done when you’re in a congested fog and [...]

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