In conjunction with my blogging, I’ve taken to Twitter over the past few months. I’m not devoting too much energy to it, but it’s a nice exercise in social media skills, which seem to have become essential in the modern work world. The other nice thing about Twitter is that it is a science communication … Continue reading Some Frustrating Tweets
My last "Science of Paint" post was on acrylic paint and its environmental impact. In that post, I promised to later write something about the environmental pros and cons of oil paint. And here I am! One major plus side to oil paint from an environmental standpoint is that much of the paint is made … Continue reading The Science of Painting: Oil Paint and the Environment
As one might surmise from the way I’ve titled this post, I am very excited about today’s topic! Yesterday I had the privilege to hear my work read by a professional for a very first time as part of the Traverse Theatre’s Young Writers Scratch Night. For ten weeks I’ve attended weekly workshops with various … Continue reading Science Theatre Scratch Night TWO: This Time it’s Personal!
I think this is perhaps the first time in Artful Scientist history I have failed to publish on a Tuesday. Shame on me! No excuses! We shall see if today's post is any good given that I am SCRAMBLING to write it. In positive news, one of my favorite art/science hobbies is becoming possible again: … Continue reading Back to Bugs!
It’s been a wild few weeks. I’ve barely been able to crank out weekly blog posts on top of everything else going on. While I look forward to creating some less-rushed content as we move into May, here’s one more week of scrambling to post. When I was hired to be a science communicator, I … Continue reading Reflections from Edinburgh Science Festival
I think what drew me to science was never data, figures, or facts. I always like the stories. That’s certainly how I ended up in biology. Though I’ve come to realize there are stories to be told in any area of science, biology particularly lends itself to narrative conceptualization. Species and organisms are characters. The … Continue reading Microbiology Stories and a Science Comic
I remain in awe of the museums in London. I specifically chose Edinburgh to study Science Communication because of the great culture of SciComm in this city, and I am delighted overall to be living here. But I can’t help but visit London every now and again because there is something special there in terms … Continue reading Revisiting the Natural History Museum
My friend recently purchased one of those trippy light fixtures that makes red, green and blue waves on the ceiling. It’s very relaxing. Looks something like this. As I watched it, I noted how well those colors work together in a lightshow. That got me thinking about the differences between color interactions in light and … Continue reading Light and Pigment
This topic might do well for another little series. I have been thinking a great deal lately about how the role technology plays in two-dimensional design. This is mostly because I am highly interested in design, but don’t consider myself a very skilled draftsman. But technology allows me to be a designer without cultivating the … Continue reading Technology and Design: Adobe Illustrator
A while back I wrote about scientific illustrators and how they are required to have an insane amount of raw technical skill. I also wrote about how because of this, I would never BE a scientific illustrator. Well as it turns out, this applies to a multitude of virtuosic art forms. Another thing I will … Continue reading The Superbrains of Concert Pianists