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Stories by Glendon Mellow

Trilobite Copter, Resting

Trilobite Copter, Resting

Before I began blogging over 7 years ago, I was already putting bat and insect wings on the extinct aquatic arthropods known as trilobites.

September 30, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Now That’s a Wee Little Infographic

Now That’s a Wee Little Infographic

  53 million years old, and it may be the smallest mammal that has ever lived. Batodonoides vanhouteni was a shrew-like mammal that scientific illustrator Jen Christiansen has deftly described in this illustration...

September 28, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
A Tribute to the Tiny Deaths of Cells

A Tribute to the Tiny Deaths of Cells

With all the grandeur of a Romantic-era painter’s sky, medical illustrator Melissa Sisk created this glowing tribute to the advantageous death of cells.

September 25, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Say It With Me: Nuuu-Deee-Brank

Say It With Me: Nuuu-Deee-Brank

Scientific illustrator Danielle Dufault is quickly collecting a reputation for her prehistoric animal reconstructions – from dinosaurs to sharks – many while working at the Royal Ontario Museum...

September 24, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
From Angry God to Superhero

From Angry God to Superhero

Scientifically informed comics are some of the best kind, and I’ve got a soft spot for unusual animals outside of the Farm and Zoo toyset species such as the amphibian axolotls.

September 22, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
If Neurons Could Talk

If Neurons Could Talk

Immy Smith does it all – cartooning, fine art, neuroscience and taking part in the art+science “collaborative of polymathic artists”, Imagining Science.

September 19, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Shields and Spears

Shields and Spears

I love when this group of Alaskan paleoartists has a show – I even have one of their past postcards framed and decorating my sons’ robot-and-dinosaur themed bedroom.

September 18, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Playing What-If With Parasites

Playing What-If With Parasites

Who could be better positioned for a bit of speculative biology than a parasitologist? Artist and parasitologist Tommy Leung has a mind for puzzling out species networks, and he puts it to – no other word fits – fantastic use when thinking up new creature-relationships...

September 15, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
A Wondrous Look Inside a Tuft of Grass

A Wondrous Look Inside a Tuft of Grass

500 years ago, artist and engraver Albrecht Dürer took the time to carefully and meticulously paint the >Great Piece of Turf. In both the Northern and Southern European Renaissance, studies in preparation of a larger painting were not uncommon...

September 14, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Like Nails on a Chalkboard

Like Nails on a Chalkboard

Paintings by some fine artists can be used to thought-provoking effect as illustrations on news or blog posts about scientific advancements.

September 12, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Synapsid Sunrise

Synapsid Sunrise

With hues inspired by calcite and a plastic toy dimetrodon sitting as a model, Sharon Wegner-Larsen created this stunning watercolour and ink work, Synapsid Sunrise.

September 11, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
The Brain Stem Behind Creation

The Brain Stem Behind Creation

University and scientific research center programs are increasingly finding it useful to employ artists and illustrators to help them see things in a new way.

September 10, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
The 11-Foot Long Neuron

The 11-Foot Long Neuron

Eleven feet of cement and doll hair, Spike by Julia Buntaine is not only an idea, but an idea conductor writ large. By forcing visitors to walk around an art object so huge and heavy, to take in its undeniable presence, Buntaine creates a proportional importance in space as the neuron does in our lives...

September 6, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Time for Another Ultimate Wearable Tech Upgrade

Time for Another Ultimate Wearable Tech Upgrade

  “Alright sir, let’s see how those fit. Blink rate comfortable? Good, okay let’s try using some VR overlays at middle distance while walking…” The best concept art prompts you to make up stories and join in a fictional world...

September 4, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
The Three Hearts of the OctoBeast

The Three Hearts of the OctoBeast

Borne of ink and paint by artist Kaitlin Beckett’s steady hand, the OctoBeast ramps up its mating display by brandishing its antlers and displaying its three hearts.

September 1, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
The Symbiartic September SciArt Blitz

The Symbiartic September SciArt Blitz

It’s time once again. Symbiartic is 3 years old now, and every month we bring you about 10 posts from the intersection of science + art.

August 31, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
The Chemistry of Cleaning Defaced Modern Art

The Chemistry of Cleaning Defaced Modern Art

Restoring works of art isn’t exactly like restoring Vigo in Ghostbusters II. For one thing, the challenges can be great even on restoring works less than 100 years old.

August 30, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
The Marvelous Flying Sauropods of Puttapipat

The Marvelous Flying Sauropods of Puttapipat

There are two kinds of illustrators. Those, like myself who bend fine art and other forms into the service of illustration – and then there are illustrators like Niroot Puttapipat (a.k.a...

August 4, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine