The art of science and the science of art.

  • Using Instagram for Science Communication

    Using Instagram for Science Communication

    By Katie McKissick | August 26, 2015 |

    Part of my process for battling burnout has been rethinking the ways in which I use social media. One of my up-until-recently neglected channels was Instagram . I just didn't know what to do with it as a science communicator, web comic, and illustrator. […]

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  • How to Hold Your Own Board Meeting

    How to Hold Your Own Board Meeting

    By Katie McKissick | August 17, 2015 |

    As I described in one of my last posts, " Battling the Burnout Monster ," I held a board meeting to help get me out of my funk. This is based on the "Life Board of Directors" life coach Anne Bruce describes in her book Discover True North . […]

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  • Life on Mars Will Mess with Your Head

    Life on Mars Will Mess with Your Head

    By Kalliopi Monoyios | August 14, 2015 |

    Aside from staying up way too late catching up on our favorite tv shows, most of us don’t mess too radically with the 24-hour day cycle. True, night shift workers invert it and newborns and insomnia mess with it, but we are so profoundly ruled by Earth’s 24-hour rotation that very few of us ponder how this fact makes us uniquely unsuited for life beyond our home planet. […]

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  • Is it Time for Twitter to Verify Artists?

    Is it Time for Twitter to Verify Artists?

    By Glendon Mellow | August 7, 2015 |

    Celebrities, journalists and politicians are all likely to receive the coveted Verified badge on Twitter. Presumably, this is due to all of these careers adding value to the platform for the average user, and to distinguish their identities from malicious imposters and parody accounts. […]

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  • Mathematically Precise Crosshatching

    Mathematically Precise Crosshatching

    By Glendon Mellow | August 6, 2015 |

    The technique of hatching, using many thin, parallel lines to describe form, texture and shadow has been in use since at least the middle ages. It lends itself well to etching, engraving and drawing, and was a favourite technique of Albrecht D ürer . […]

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  • I Unfollowed Everyone to Build a Better Twitter Feed

    I Unfollowed Everyone to Build a Better Twitter Feed

    By Glendon Mellow | August 1, 2015 |

    July 7, 2015: The Chrome extension for Twitter was installed, and I had time for a quick shower before cycling to work. Without letting myself think about it too much, I pressed MASS UNFOLLOW, saw it was working, and ran to the shower. When I came back about 15 minutes later, the plugin had done its work. […]

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  • We Are All Broken

    We Are All Broken

    By Katie McKissick | July 29, 2015 |

    One of my most popular comics ever was this one about mental health issues. I called it "When We Are Hurting." This particular comic struck a chord with many because we've all been hurt, and many of us didn't or don't know how to talk about it. […]

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  • Pluto Flyby Already Inspiring Artists

    Pluto Flyby Already Inspiring Artists

    By Glendon Mellow | July 14, 2015 |

    As the probe whizzes past, paint is already being dabbed, splattered and scumbled. The Pluto flyby is astounding everyone including artists. [post header image at right by Stella Maria Baer] Painting influenced by scientific discoveries has a long history we should explore some more one day here on Symbiartic. […]

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  • The Future Arrives in Daubs of Paint

    The Future Arrives in Daubs of Paint

    By Glendon Mellow | July 11, 2015 |

    Painter Marcel Guldemond has tapped into something that's increasingly on my mind lately - art that normalizes science and our potential future.  Here in Toronto, Canada, we've already had a number of NIMBY cases about windmills, and following Sydney, Australia-based Ketan Joshi ( @KetanJ0 ) on Twitter, I've been fascinated by the resistance windmills generate almost as efficiently as they do power.  But Marcel Guldemond's painting doesn't resist windmills: it yields to their potential beauty in the landscape.  Windy Shore Blimp Service © Marcel Guldemond. […]

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  • Battling the Burnout Monster

    Battling the Burnout Monster

    By Katie McKissick | July 10, 2015 |

    I will take you down , Burnout Monster. And your friend Existential Crisis Beast—he's going down too. You're both awful. It happens to everyone, supposedly. You're being productive. You're working hard. You feel like you're moving forward, but it feels laborious, like you're going upstream. […]

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