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Is Homosexuality Natural? Yes. So is male lactation.

As Gwenn Seemel points out in her richly illustrated book, Crime Against Nature , the non-human animal kingdom is chock-full of examples that challenge many of our deeply held beliefs about what is "natural" behavior in everything from sexual preference to lifestyle choices to gender roles and even gender identity...

May 17, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

It's A Fun Game... Until The Dog Swallows It

If I told you that a tennis ball could kill, would you roll your eyes or laugh in my face? What if I showed you this?Like a cork in a bottle, a fumbled tennis ball in an innocent game of fetch can lodge in a dog's esophagus with the unfortunate consequence of asphyxiating your pup...

May 15, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Wait, Electricity Isn't Harmful To Health?

Sometimes, the list of things to be paranoid about feels endless: BPA in your water bottles, pesticides on your food, prescription drugs in your drinking water, and nanotechnology in your donuts...

April 23, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

How Do You Wear Your Anatomy?

Any evolutionary biologist will tell you that flight has evolved independently several times in the history of life on earth, but can they tell you how many times muscle leggings have evolved?...

April 19, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Who Needs a Paintbrush When You Can Use a Dead Fish?

James Prosek is a person who continually challenges the neat categories we create to delineate where one discipline ends and another begins. In his own words: I want to be able to be a writer and a painter and an illustrator and a sculptor and not have to be confined by the taxonomies of art making or of literature.....

April 17, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Can You Scaiku?

A couple weeks ago, I was reminded how much I enjoy the poetry format known as haiku. On a whim, I threw out a tweet soliciting #scaiku, science-themed haiku, to see what delights my tweeps would come up with...

March 31, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Not Your Granny's Mothballs

Spring traditions range from the ridiculous to the sublime, from balancing an egg on its end to the scrubbing and purging of spring cleaning. I, for one, will forever associate the smell of mothballs with grandma's annual spring purge...

March 20, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

The SciArt Buzz: SciArt Happenings in March/April 2013

Oh, my. The more I look, the more I find. Get your sciart on, peeps!_____________ EXHIBITS: NORTHEAST REGION Pulse: Art and MedicineFebruary 16 to April 13, 2013The Mansion at Strathmore10701 Rockville PikeNorth Bethesda, MDImagine the place where art, science and the human body intersect: that’s the idea behind Pulse: Art and Medicine, the fascinating exhibit that presents a multimedia investigation of medicine as an inspiration for new artworks and art forms.Germs as art?...

February 27, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

How to Mend a Broken Heart

Listen up, Lonely Hearts Club. Before you get all frothy about the holiday that rubs salt in the wounds of your failed attempts at love, take a page out of Beth Croce's book on How to Mend a Broken Heart, will ya?...

February 14, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Science Scribe Animates Toxic Couches

The following is a guest post by Perrin Ireland, a Senior Science Communications Specialist at the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco.

February 12, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

What Would Audubon Paint Today?

There's a fascinating science art exhibit going on at Ironton Gallery in Denver, Colorado through the 23rd of February. It features paintings by Kevin Sloan, whose work explores the tension between the natural world and what most would call the unnatural, highly altered man-made world (I would argue, and perhaps he would too, that it's quite natural for organisms to alter their environment, but that's another story)...

February 11, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

The Intelligent Use of Animations

Or, in other words: Don't do this . Do this:Remember websites in the early 90s with their scrolling banners, cheezy tiled backgrounds, and blinking and twirling text?

February 7, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios
One Man’s Poo is Another Man’s PhD

One Man’s Poo is Another Man’s PhD

Scientists collect crazy things. I’m not talking thimble-crazy or frog-themed-crazy. That kind of tchotchke barely ranks on the crazy scale.

January 31, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

The SciArt Buzz: Science art on exhibit in Jan/Feb 2013

Lots of great science art exhibitions going on in the next few months. Get your sciart on, peeps!_____________ EXHIBITS: NORTHEAST REGION The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot:Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of ThinkingSeptember 21, 2012 to January 27, 2013The Bard Graduate Center Gallery18 West 86th Street New York, NY_____________DINOTOPIA: Art, Science, and ImaginationSeptember 22, 2012 to February 2, 2013Lyman Allyn Art Museum625 Williams StreetNew London, ConnecticutDINOTOPIA: Art, Science, and Imagination showcases the original artwork of James Gurney, author and illustrator of the Dinotopia series...

January 23, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Unveiling The Universe Within

Almost five years ago to the day, Neil Shubin’s first book (and my first foray into illustrating popular non-fiction), Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body debuted...

January 7, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios
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The Essential Guide to the Modern World

The Essential Guide to the Modern World