Margaret Wertheim’s Ted talk about the Crochet Coral Reef project

by meanlouise April 2, 2014 art

The Institute for Figuring posted this exciting note on facebook yesterday: IFF Director, Margaret Wertheim’s, TED Talk about our Crochet Coral Reef project as an artistic response to global warming, has reached a million views. We’re currently working on a book about the project that will highlight all 30 Crochet Reefs around the world and […]

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Never Joke About Military Flying Snake Research

by meanlouise January 30, 2014 science!

“Aerodynamics of the flying snake Chrysopelea paradisi: how a bluff body cross-sectional shape contributes to gliding performance.” This research was partially supported by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) grant W911NF1010040 to J.J.S. and P.P.V. I guess it turns out it wasn’t a secret. —– Holden, Daniel, John J. Socha, Nicholas D. Cardwell, and Pavlos […]

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Reading is hard, y’all

by meanlouise January 5, 2014 science!

Yesterday, I posted about how puzzling it is that a clearly false story about Jenny McCarthy recanting her anti-vaccinating ways has caught fire on facebook. Apparently, the New York Daily News couldn’t be bothered to look at the date on, or even read, that old Time Magazine article, either. Although the use the word “suggests” […]

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Jenny McCarthy and the Sports Pig

by meanlouise January 4, 2014 science!

That sounds like the title of the worst children’s book ever written. I’ve been mostly off the grid for the last few weeks, so I was surprised to see links to a 3 year old post about Jenny McCarthy at something called The Sports Pig’s Blog were sprouting on facebook like mushrooms. “Jenny McCarthy: My […]

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From Fukushima to the Simpsons to Walt Disney in 902 words or less

by meanlouise October 22, 2013 culture

Image: The Simpson (Fox) Yesterday, I let grappling with trolls distract me from blogging actual interesting things. This is no one’s fault but my own, but I’m going to whine about it anyway. Before I went to bed last night, I scribbled a note to myself to write more about the Fukushima disaster, particularly the […]

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ScienceOnline Climate

by meanlouise August 15, 2013 culture

I’m at ScienceOnline Climate but have to take a quick moment to express my adoration for John Oliver. Again. Please don’t leave us, John. John Oliver on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop: It is way too early in the morning for me to figure out why this is not embedding properly but you can click through to […]

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John Oliver on Shark Week

by meanlouise August 8, 2013 science!

“Sharks, Lies & Videotape” – The Daily Show, August 7, 2013.

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Shark Weak

by meanlouise August 5, 2013 science!

Megalodon fossil cast, image by MeanLouise. edited at 8:20 p.m. to update some links. The Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week opened last night with a pseudo-documentary that is so abysmal that the words “fraudulent” and “bullshit” and “lies” are among the kinder assessments I’ve seen thus far. And I haven’t even looked very far. The […]

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by meanlouise April 28, 2013 science!

Anyone who’s anyone knows that

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Powdered Donuts

by meanlouise February 6, 2013 food and drink

I spent hours today crafting a post about professionalism and web-presence. Then I glanced at twitter and all hell broke loose (in my brain). I’m not, by any means, a fearless person. Still, I like to think that I don’t let any phobias control me, but I know that’s not true. I’m deeply, utterly, completely […]

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