Welcome to NPR’s brand spankin’ new science tumblr. Here, we’ll be sharing animations, explanatory videos, illustrations, science gifs, extras from radio stories, dispatches from the intersection of science and culture, home-made lava recipes, underwater operas, and fascinating graphs hastily scrawled on napkins. Some posts will come directly from NPR’s science coverage, some will come from the incredible bounty of the internet, and some, hopefully, will come from YOU.
A note about our (odd) name: Skunk bear is a nickname for the wolverine. It climbed to the top of the list of possible names with all the ferocious strength of the world’s largest terrestrial mustelid. Wolverines are known for their voracious appetites - they consume everything from voles to caribou. And … here comes the connection … this tumblr is a place for you to consume a diverse feast of science stories, ideas and images.
In 1998 I purchased a book that had been published two years prior entitled “The Healing Power of the Mind.” The Foreword was written by Daniel Goldman who had just broken ground with his publication of Emotional Intelligence. The Healing Power of the Mind intrigued me because (a) it was written…
From my fair and balanced comic, Snap Crackle Pop.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Though the new Snap Book is here, I have to put out a warning to NOT BUY IT YET. I received my copies for the convention and the majority of the pages are printing too light. Trying to sort it out with Lulu. I will let you know when all is fixed!
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Mordak will be returning to his regularly scheduled mauling of innocent question-askers! If you have personal questions or need some advice and think a grumpy egomaniac cactus can help, pop over to Ask Mordak! Keep asking, kiddos, there’s nothing you can’t ask him! Sexual advice? Recipes? Go for it!
Men and women looking through the card catalogues at the Library of Congress, 1941.
A visual reminder to be grateful for OPACs!
Wow, this really gives you a sense of scale.
This is how scholars found the literature they needed: by going through alphabetical card catalogues - one on author, one on subject, containing thousands and thousands of cards. The bigger the library the more cards. The Library of Congress is obviously a sizable library…
WOW! I remember the old card catalogue at the Bodleian, snaking around the corridor of the New Library… but seeing the Library of Congress catalogue in one room… wow.
Incredibly Creepy Collages
San Francisco-based artist Dianne Hoffman creates magnificent mixed media assemblages using recycled and salvaged materials. Each piece is incredibly unique and a bit unsettling. Hoffman’s collection can be viewed on her Flickr page and website. Of her urge to create art, she states:
I have a tendency to personify inanimate objects and feel genuine compassion for those that are damaged or disregarded. I see potential in broken bits and find beauty in rust and erosion. The older an object, the more haunting and alluring its ghost. Collage & assemblage art allows me to indulge these concepts by creating small worlds in a box where tall tales are told, jokes are cracked, emotions stirred, poems imparted and songs are sung. By using images that replicate the past and objects that authenticate it, my pieces become storytellers, dream interpreters and memory inducers. They are innately lyrical and flicker along to their own silent film.
Source: Flickr / collagelodge
Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn’t try hard enough to communicate with Republicans. But in a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’ What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?