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SciArt of the Day: On the Brink

This week, the space probe Voyager 1 turned 35. In the years since its launch, it completed its mission to document Saturn and Jupiter and has continued on to the brink of our solar system...

September 7, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Your Chance to Own a Piece of Natural History

Just as my parents can recall their first television sets and marvel at how I have never known life without it, and we can all remember our first cell phone while our children ping from iPhone to iPad and think nothing of video chatting with friends thousands of miles away, it’s hard for most of us living today to fathom a time when you couldn’t just pick up a birding book and identify that cool water bird you saw at the lake the other day...

September 6, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

SciArt of the Day: Cuckoos, Nightjars, Pootoos... yes, Pootoos!

We're tossing it up today at SciArt of the Day to offer a plate from the ubiquitous Peterson Field Guides to birds of the world. Keep an eye out later this afternoon for a more detailed post on an auction of 500 original paintings and 200 wildlife photographs by Peterson being held this week in New York...

September 5, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Hey, how'd they get those men on Mars?

When Curiosity landed three weeks ago today, many news stories were quick to point out it is the biggest rover to date. They said it's car-sized. But what does that mean - are we talking a Hummer or a Mini?...

August 27, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

See Where Our Curiosity Gets Us?

I'm so excited I might burst. The first images from Curiosity's cameras rained down to Earth in the middle of last night, after a 14 minute journey from the red planet.

August 6, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Honoring Gerald Hodge With a Legacy of Beginnings

Thursday 26th July saw the launch of, a new English language science blog network., the brand-new home for Nature Network bloggers, forms part of the SciLogs international collection of blogs which already exist in German, Spanish and Dutch...

July 26, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

ScienceArt Conference Hopping

Reports of last week's Guild of Natural Science Illustrator's Annual Conference in Savannah, GA are in and it was another successful meeting. If you weren't able to attend or you're already jonesin' for your next sciart fix, don't stress...

July 19, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

A Conference of Scientific Communicators

For those of you who haven't heard me tout it before, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators is a professional organization of science communicators who specialize in visualizations.

June 16, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Communicating Science: What s Your Problem?

After reading Scicurious' and Kate Clancy’s posts on science outreach and what a drag it is on already overworked and underpaid scientists, I feel like climbing to the top of the highest mountain in Whoville and exclaiming, “We are here!...

June 13, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Don't Look Now But You're Being Watched

If you've ever felt like that crusty old oil portrait is watching you as you move about the room, you may not be totally off yer rocker. Researchers at Rutgers University have just published an intriguing optical illusion that shows despite our best efforts to understand the world around us, our brains insist on making assumptions that sometimes mess with our heads.....

June 5, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Dublin's Science Gallery In New York

The following post is a guest contribution by Brooklyn-based Raphael Rosen, an independent science communicator and museum consultant. Science Galleryby Raphael RosenAnyone who knows me knows I am in love with the intersection of art and science...

June 2, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Dots, Spots, and Pixels: What s In A Name?

This is a guest post by Jim Perkins, a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology's medical illustration program. Jim explains the most befuddling concepts in graphics and illustration with clarity and ease - he has written for Symbiartic twice before: first, on why it's a good idea to calibrate your computer monitor and second, on the mysterious settings known as gamma and white point...

May 14, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Evolution Ha-Has (minus Gary Larson)

So I'm putting together this post on great evolution cartoons that focus on the water-to-land transition and I remember this Gary Larson cartoon from the Far Side that depicts three fish in the water staring longingly at their baseball lying on the shore, a few feet from the water's edge...

May 1, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Birthday Dentures for an Ancient Elk

It's easy to to be impressed when you walk the halls of museums by the quality and quantity of specimens on display, but it is only a fraction of what institutions like the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and other comparable institutions have in their collections...

April 23, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Paleo Dream Jobs: Bringing Dinos Back to Life

Tyler Keillor (pronounced "KEEL-er") is a soft-spoken, understated paleoartist whose work is anything but. He works at the University of Chicago as a paleoartist, reconstructing creatures that paleontologist Paul Sereno excavates on his expeditions around the world...

March 31, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Pinterest's Terms of Service, Word by Terrifying Word

Pinterest is surely a rising star. For those of you not in the know, it's the online equivalent of a bulletin board - a slicker, cleaner way to put together collages of your favorite styles, photographs, design ideas, or dino art...

March 19, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Conservation Conversation in Clay

One of the most fascinating aspects of art is that two artists can use the same exact materials and create vastly different works. Last week, I posted an interview with Heather Knight, an artist who creates abstract porcelain tiles inspired by nature's patterns and textures...

February 21, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Science-Art Interviews: Heather Knight

Heather Knight is a North Carolina-based ceramic artist. Her work in porcelain extracts patterns from nature and presents them in their simplest repetitive forms.

February 13, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios
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