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A Woman’s Heart, According to the 1800s

Ladies, this is a map of our hearts. Like any old map, it’s safe to assume the cartographer was operating with limited tools and resources and under the influence of societal expectations. So don’t be offended that Love of Dress and Display hold such a geographical prominence, or that the Country of Eligibleness is not [...]

Minimalist Posters of Six Women Who Changed Science and The World

We’ve seen minimalists posters made for your favorite movies before, but what about science? Graphic artist Hydrogene crafted some of the best minimalist posters starring six women who changed science and the world: Link [...]

Manifesto for Life

The Holstee Manifesto by Dave Radparvar, Mike Radparvar & Fabian Pfortmüller. Typography by Rachael Beresh. Manifestos aren’t just for [...]

The Late Movies: Math, Music, Video

Russian artist Tatiana Plakhova makes music portraits — detailed illustrations based on the mathematical structure of music. Her most interesting visualizations are based on the work of Philip Glass. (If you’re not familiar with Glass, his music tends to have repeated musical phrases, and he does a lot of movie scores. It’s [...]

Edward Gorey’s Letters and Illustrated Envelopes

Author and editor Peter F. Neumeyer exchanged letters with author and illustrator Edward Gorey over a 13-month period in 1968 and 1969. Now that correspondence has been turned into a book called Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer. Of course, Gorey included illustrations with his letters, even on the envelopes! [...]

Principles of the Optical Maser (1963)

In this 1963 instructional film, Dr. C.G.B. Garrett of Bell Laboratories explains how the “optical maser” (later known as a “laser”) works. Its intended audience, according to the AT&T archive, was college students. I’d add to that audience “all nerds with a free half hour,” particularly those who want to know how a laser really [...]

Musical Weather Data Sculptures

Musical Buoy in Search Towards a New Shore (Dedicated to Melvin Maddocks) Wood, data, reed | 2009 TED Global Fellow Nathalie Meibach’s sculptures are a little complicated. On the surface they look like pumped-up versions of those wooden bead mazes for children. But Miebach’s work begins by translating weather data from cities into musical scores, which she [...]

Isaac Asimov Interviewed by Bill Moyers

In 1988, Bill Moyers interviewed Isaac Asimov, when Asimov’s Prelude to Foundation was released. The three-part interview is fascinating, partly because of when it was recorded; Asimov’s insights are partly timeless (for example, his thoughts about death) and partly extremely timely (his predictions about the near future, like global networks). Discussed: education, the future, science, [...]

The Sounds of Failure (and Science)

Wanna know what protein synthesis sounds like? Well, tough. Wanna know what Jad Abumrad (co-host of RadioLab) thinks it might sound like, rendered as muic? Okay, that we can tell you. In this talk from PopTech, Abumrad plays “the sounds of failure,” and goes on to play his musical interpretation of protein synthesis, does lots [...]

The Last Sword Maker in Taiwan

Maria Popova of Brain Pickings (a fantastic blog, btw) has posted an excellent article about 7 micro-documentaries about occupations and crafts that are fast becoming obsolete. From being a shoe black to working the film projector to making glass signs, these are the stories of people who are the last of their kinds. This one below [...]