The art of science and the science of art.

  • Halloween Science Costumes

    Halloween Science Costumes

    October 7, 2015 |

    Last week I took the advice of my co-blogger Glendon Mellow and reshared some previous artwork. A Halloween comic. It was far more popular the second time around. Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram loved it. On just Facebook, it was shared 13,000 times and seen by over 2.5 million people. […]

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  • The Rhombus Bombus

    The Rhombus Bombus

    By Glendon Mellow | October 6, 2015 |

    While I often share fairly realistic, illustrative art sometimes a more abstracted artwork just smacks you in the forehead like an impatient bumblebee.  The Rhombus Bombus   by David Orr is exactly that type of artwork.  The Rhombus Bombus © David Orr Said it before, and I'll say it again, one of the best reasons for science communicators to work with artists, illustrators, cartoonists and designers is for the ideas that might result that the communicator never would have thought of in advance. […]

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  • Upcoming Streamed Talk: Future-Proofing Dinosaur Tattoos

    Upcoming Streamed Talk: Future-Proofing Dinosaur Tattoos

    By Glendon Mellow | October 5, 2015 |

    How do you future-proof a dinosaur tattoo design?  Or find the source of an image that has its attribution stripped away?  How can a someone in a small niche cause a big ripple?  This Thursday, October 8th I will be at Ryerson University's new launched Social Media Lab exploring how we communicate science through social media, specifically while using images. […]

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  • Curiously Feathered Dinosaurs

    Curiously Feathered Dinosaurs

    By Glendon Mellow | September 29, 2015 |

    Scientifically there can be so much wrong , but artistically so much wonderful . Kaitlin Beckett of A Curious Bestiary has done it again, this time with some anthropomorphic skeletal dinosaurs who have attached feathers to their bony frames using scotch tape and wire.  Part of what I love about Beckett's weirdness is it is thoroughly, unapologetically 2D art. […]

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  • A Voice Has Presence

    A Voice Has Presence

    By Glendon Mellow | September 27, 2015 |

    I love a good visual metaphor.  Even in an age where everything can be recorded, we are used to thinking of voices as somewhat ephermeral, fleeting. Painter Angela He (a.k.a. Visaga) has shown our voices can have a lot more solidity to them.  Despite some transparency in the cones, these visualized voices have real weight and presence. […]

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  • A Science Illustrator's Legacy

    A Science Illustrator's Legacy

    By Kalliopi Monoyios | September 24, 2015 |

    Like musicians whose voices resonate long after they're gone and authors whose ideas live on in books and papers, scientific illustrators take pride knowing that their illustrations will inform scholars for generations to come. Carolyn Bartlett Gast, a scientific illustrator who spent over 30 years illustrating at the National Museum of Natural History, left more than images when she passed away this month. […]

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  • Confirmation Bias

    Confirmation Bias

    By Katie McKissick | September 23, 2015 |

    I have been inundated with confirmation bias examples of late, or at least it seems that way. It could just be... (wait for it)  confirmation bias.  For the uniniated, confirmation bias is described like so: In psychology and cognitive science, confirmation bias is a tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one's preconceptions, leading to statistical errors. […]

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  • The Complex Net of Human Interference

    The Complex Net of Human Interference

    By Kalliopi Monoyios | September 18, 2015 |

    We are the species that tracks, catalogs, and attempts to conserve the incredible diversity of life we live amongst, and yet our activity on the planet is the single biggest threat to many of these species’ survival. Photographer Todd Forsgren captures the uncomfortable moment when a bird ensnared in an ornithologist's net finds itself face to face with its captor. […]

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  • A Circle Unbroken

    A Circle Unbroken

    By Glendon Mellow | September 17, 2015 |

    Honing your artistic skills can be a huge challenge once you've set your sights on realism. For wildlife painters, they need to be masters of it all - they can't spend 20 years mastering the human form when the world is filled with mountain lions, birch trees, stag beetles and granite.  The artistically-restless Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen goes further than many wildlife artists. […]

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  • Secret Croutons and Croissants--Happy Celiac Awareness Day!

    Secret Croutons and Croissants--Happy Celiac Awareness Day!

    By Kalliopi Monoyios | September 13, 2015 |

    Happy celiac awareness day, people! If you have not been lucky enough to sit down with a gluten-free friend at a restaurant and seen the panic in their eyes when their salad shows up with croutons that were most definitely NOT mentioned on the menu, well, let me try to shed some light on what's going on in their minds. […]

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