Painter and mathematician Edward Belbruno inhabits both worlds with equal comfort
A recent excursion to Italy made it clear to students and professors alike that these things are interrelated
Images featured in stories about childbearing almost inevitably leave out the rest of a woman’s body, and it’s dehumanizing
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I adored Twinkies as a kid, vastly preferring them to Ding-Dongs or SnowBalls, and my folks used to give me a box every Christmas. Jokes about eternal shelf life notwithstanding, I gobbled the spongy crème-filled cakes down greedily, naively confident that Twinkies would always be in stock for next Christmas.So even though I no longer gorge myself on Twinkies, I totally understood when the announcement late last year that Hostess was filing for bankruptcy gave rise to howls of anguish around the Internet over the prospect that many of the company’s tasty snacky-cakes would no longer be available to consumers – including Twinkies...
Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today, asking the question, bourbon or vodka? Which one tastes better isn't the question, the question is...which gives you the worst hangover?
A little shuteye refreshes.Right, but what does that really mean?Not talking here about leaping out of bed ready for a five-mile run upon awakening, but rather about what's happening at the level of individual brain cells deep inside your head.A new study by R...
Creative Commons Habits Are Hard to BreakCreative Commons Licences are Good Things, in my estimation. I've had one on my personal art blog The Flying Trilobite since almost the very beginning.There are different grades of Creative Commons Licences (CCL), and like many artists, I've stuck with the most restrictive one...
On Saturday, March 8, I arrived in Pamplona, Spain, a familiar destination for many in the information graphics community. Pamplona isn’t the easiest destination in Spain to reach—from anywhere, really...
On Saturday, March 8, I arrived in Pamplona, Spain, a familiar destination for many in the information graphics community. Pamplona isn't the easiest destination in Spain to reach--from anywhere, really...
What is nothing? Sounds like a simple question— nothing is simply the absence of something, of course —until you begin to think about it. The other night the American Museum of Natural History hosted its 14 th annual Asimov Memorial Debate, which featured five leading thinkers opining (and sparring, sometimes testily, but more on that later) about the nature of nothing.“Nothing is the most important part of the universe,” said Lawrence Krauss, a physicist at Arizona State University and author of the recent “A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing.” Of course we can imagine the (mostly) empty space between galaxies as being a sort of nothing...
It's Friday and I'm about to go away on fieldwork for a while, so let's have some fun (even though substantial media interest in the new Isle of Wight azhdarchoid pterosaur Vectidraco continues unabated)...
Begin at the beginning by Kathleen Raven: Where do you begin the story of genetically modified food? At a modern beginning, with Augustinian monk Gregor Mendel, arguably the father of genetics as we know it today?...
IntroductionThinking diagrammatically as a way of conceptualizing our world has been in existence from the moment the first cave-person picked up a soft ‘rock’ and started making markings on the walls of his/her dwelling...
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