The art of science and the science of art.

  • "Thing Explainer" Explains All the Things!

    By Katie McKissick | November 24, 2015 |

    Do you know the 10 hundred words people use most often? Well, thousand  isn’t one of them. Neither is organ , helicopter , or battery , but that doesn’t stop Randall Munroe from explaining them all using only this basic vocabulary—er, letter groups—in his new book, "Thing Explainer." In the “page before the book starts,” Munroe explains his (and our collective) complicated relationship with industry jargon. […]

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  • No Talons? No Problem

    No Talons? No Problem

    By Kalliopi Monoyios | November 16, 2015 |

    According to Wikipedia, Marty Stouffer’s Wild America was massively successful for well over a decade and holds the honor of being the most-broadcast PBS series ever (take that, Bob Ross!). Yet despite these accolades, I have yet to find another person who even remembers the show, let alone its sign-off: “I’m Marty Stouffer. […]

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  • Content Mining: Not Just An Illustrator's Problem Anymore

    Content Mining: Not Just An Illustrator's Problem Anymore

    By Glendon Mellow | November 11, 2015 |

    Since the internet began and sharing image files was possible, illustrators, photographers and cartoonists - any image makers, really, could potentially have their work ripped off and shared around.  People mostly turned a blind eye to images in email chains, and proto-meme, especially if they were funny and had a cat in them. […]

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  • Escaped Escargot

    Escaped Escargot

    By Katie McKissick | November 5, 2015 |

    The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is my favorite place to go for science art inspiration. Lately I’ve been going to their Citizen Science + Cocktails events which feature talks by scientists that relate to the Museum’s many citizen science projects, such as SLIME—Snails (and Slugs) Living in Metropolitan Environments . […]

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  • Curating <i>We the Humanities</i> on Twitter This Week

    Curating We the Humanities on Twitter This Week

    By Glendon Mellow | November 2, 2015 |

    Pretty excited about this: from now through November 8th, I will be running the @WeTheHumanities Twitter account! If you're not familiar with it, it's a Twitter account with a focus on the humanities, and switches authors every week.  Visit We the Humanities here , and see the bios of past curators here . […]

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  • Last Night's Zombies Weren't Real, But These Are

    Last Night's Zombies Weren't Real, But These Are

    By Kalliopi Monoyios | November 1, 2015 |

    As last night's festivities work their way out of our consciousness (and out of our feeds), I'd like to leave you with this one tidbit: zombies are real . Not human zombies, of course (unless you count me uncaffeinated before 8am), but there are a number of species that get infected or parasitized by another and slowly cede control of their bodies and minds until they are an empty shell of an animal carrying out the invader's actions. […]

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  • Sharing Expertise to Build Community

    Sharing Expertise to Build Community

    By Glendon Mellow | October 29, 2015 |

    Earlier this month I had the opportunity to speak at Ryerson University's Social Media Lab about science communication.  Here's the video of my talk, Future-Proofing Dinosaur Tattoos: Communicating Science on Social Media . I touch on the importance of sharing your expertise, building community and using Twitter. […]

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  • Regrowing Severed Limbs Was Once NBD

    Regrowing Severed Limbs Was Once NBD

    By Kalliopi Monoyios | October 27, 2015 |

    For all of you lovers of gore who plan on parading around with severed limbs this week, consider this: If evolution hadn't gotten all fancy with how it builds our arms and legs, we might be able to regenerate limbs as easily as salamanders who can regrow limbs throughout their lifetimes. […]

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  • Science Illustration Hack for Wiggly Campers

    Science Illustration Hack for Wiggly Campers

    By Kalliopi Monoyios | October 22, 2015 |

    Note: Through the end of this month, Glendon Mellow and I will be teaming up with researcher Paige Brown Jarreau to collect data about who reads science blogs and why. If you've ever had an interest in citizen science, now's your chance to participate! […]

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  • Life on Earth Poster

    Life on Earth Poster

    By Katie McKissick | October 20, 2015 |

    I tried something new! Instead of drawing a comic willy nilly, I actually thought ahead. I know. For this, I deserve a parade. But in all seriousness, merchandising is something that I and many artists struggle with. It's a different way of thinking. […]

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