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A Quantified Artist Turns Her Data into Sculpture

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Laurie Frick takes self-tracking data and turns it into beautiful sculptures. Collecting personal data isn’t a privacy issue for her — it’s an opportunity to make art.

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Bringing Female Heroes to the LEGO Universe

Thursday, June 04, 2015

LEGO is stuck in the past with its lack of professional female characters. Maia Weinstock is trying to change that with sets of Supreme Court justices and scientists.

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“Blood Music”

Thursday, May 28, 2015

In Greg Bear's novel “Blood Music,” a scientist infected with a synthetic virus realizes that the organisms in his body have become self-aware — and they're talking in his head.

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A Crash Course in Designing Life

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bio-hacking has become so easy, artists and hobbyists can take classes at Genspace in Brooklyn. So reporter Julia Wetherell took a crash course.

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Synthetic Biology in Pop Culture

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Synthetic biology is a great plot device for science fiction, but screenwriters tend to rely on clichés more than the much weirder world of actual science. 

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Designing Life: Art Meets Synthetic Biology

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Artists create with living organisms, a bioengineer and a biologist parse the ethics of synthetic biology, and a reporter takes a crash course in bio-hacking. 

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The Ethics of Synthetic Biology

Thursday, May 28, 2015

When artists use synthetic biology, are they playing God, or just playing with cool new toys? Scientists Drew Endy and Christina Agapakis weigh in on the ethics.  

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Bio Art

Thursday, May 28, 2015

From "Pig Wings" to "Semi-Living Worry Dolls," artists Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr are using high tech tools to challenge our conception of what life is –– and could be.

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How Do You Draw Dark Matter?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

An artist and an astrophysicist put their heads together to imagine how dark matter — the invisible stuff holding the universe together — would look if we could see it.

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What if Mondrian Were a Programmer?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A computer programmer tries to replicate the styles of great painters like Cassatt, Mondrian, and Magritte using code.

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Backup Singers Bring the Hits

Thursday, March 12, 2015

There’s no predicting how well a particular song will do on the pop charts. But researchers have found that one characteristic unites a strong majority of hits: backup singers.

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Want to Be Creative? Try Getting Bored

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We’ve banished boredom with our phones. Recent research suggests that we might be banishing our creativity along with it.

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4,000 Years of Picturing the Stars

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A new book surveys the history of humanity’s attempts to depict the universe, with results both beautiful and surprisingly accurate.

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How Hubble Brought Color to the Universe

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Stunning images of nebulae and galaxies from the Hubble Space Telescope have conditioned the way we think space should look.

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It’s a Giant Dirt Igloo – Want to Buy It?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

An architect designing a lunar colony for NASA discovered that the dome-shaped buildings could work as inexpensive housing here on Earth.

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Electronic Sculptures Need the Human Touch

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nam Jun Paik pioneered new media art. But when the 1960s technology in his sculptures needs repairs, there’s only one man for the job.

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Two Artists Let the Animals Speak for Themselves

Thursday, December 11, 2014

People have always told stories about animals acting like humans. Two artists ask: what if we told stories that were true to animals’ lives?

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Billboard Top Five, But for Whales

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Marine biologists have found evidence of the biggest cultural transformation in nature: whale songs that spread across the Pacific Ocean in a matter of months.

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Marianne Moore’s Odes to Animals

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Marianne Moore loved learning about animals, and she crammed more scientific detail into her poems than anyone before.

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How Pop Music Helped Save the Whales

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The scientist who discovered whale song knew it was something special. When he won over singer-songwriter Judy Collins, the result jump-started an environmentalist movement.

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