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Love these space themed illustrations by Scott Campbell

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By Scott Campbell.

Darwin Phylo deck in progress: Part 2. In which we show more graphical awesomeness! #darwindeck

So, we have a few more pieces of Darwinian art to show, continuing from our first look see. As mentioned before, all of this art is in preparation of a Phylo trading card game that revolves around the many species that Darwin took note of during his “Voyage of the Beagle.”

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Above is a mock up of one of the “Event Cards.” This was drawn by Rachel Ignotofsky (website, instagram), which also came with the 3 new images shown below (to add to the 4 shown previously).

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As well, here is another card mock up below, with another iconic inclusion, the HMS Beagle itself:

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Here, the artwork was created by Robert M. Ball (website, instagram, twitter). Not sure if you remember from the previous “work in progress” post, but Rob has made his 8 commissions into this epic panoramic image. This you can take closer look at below (you can also click to get to a larger version), but essentially, re-imagine this lovely piece as 8 separate cards coming together.

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(Click it, click it, click it… you won’t be disappointed!)

Anyway, the Phylo deck project is really starting to come together. Final artwork is coming in, (I’ve even personally bought some of the originals from Diana Sudyka as you can see below), and we’ve finally hired our last artist. This would be Simon Gurr, which is all the more special because this is the individual responsible for the Darwin graphic novel. With his addition, the Darwinian deck should have a total of 40 lovely pieces of art.

All in all, I expect the “Voyage of the Beagle” Deck to be ready around October or November of this year, where it will be launched by the UK Nonprofit, The HMS Beagle Trust, for their science outreach and advocacy programs. Game on!

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(Note, you can see the rest of Diana’s pieces at this post).

Phylo game: Voyage of the Beagle deck update. #darwindeck #wip #whoa #soawesome

As many of you know, one of my stranger science education projects is a biodiversity themed card game called Phylo. This project has been especially interesting of late, with a variety of new elements being launched via a number of great open collaborations (AMNH, GSA, Muse, Keeling Lab, etc – see the Phylo blog for more details).

But there is also this “Voyage of the Beagle” deck (or just the “Darwin Deck, #darwindeck” as some have been calling it), that was talked about a couple months back. This is still a work in progress, but we have a list of cards (beta deck with commons images can be seen here), and most of the art has already been commissioned. It actually looks like we’ll need one more commission* (of about 8 images at $200 each), but I thought it would be cool to show you what the other amazing artists have done so far.

* If you’re interested, leave a link of your portfolio in the comments.

Robert Ball: website | instagram | twitter

Robert I actually came across by way of his very cool work on superhero drawings (I actually have his Avengers print on my home office wall). His first two pieces are below, but he’s also planing to link his 8 pieces into a final panoramic montage.

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(click the below to enlarge)

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Golly Bard: website | instagram

Diana (see below) did a great job of referring Golly to the project. These are Golly’s first drafts, but you can already tell that they’re going to look extraordinary.

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Rachel Ignotofsky: website | instagram

Rachel has this great whimsical style (and some of her art has been shown here previously). She’s actually completed a couple already as you can see below!

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Diana Sudyka: website | instagram | twitter

And finally, we have Diana. I’ve been a big fan of Diana’s work for a while now, especially since she worked on a picture for a piece at the SCQ. In any event, her lovely artworks (which were just finished) are shown below.

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Anyway, I hope you are all as excited as I am for this #darwindeck. I’m thinking that it should be ready by late 2014 or early 2015. And don’t forget, it looks like we will need one more artist in the mix, so leave a link to your portfolio if you’re interested!

Enamored with this lovely drawing of a “scientist.”

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By Ben Marriott.

Stunning portrait of Darwin by @davidrevoy, as composed by a myriad of organisms

Wow. Very cool… How many organisms can you spot?

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By David Revoy, via Fresh Photons.

If icons of science had Instagram accounts…

… then it might look like this:

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Via histagrams.

Testing Galileo’s idea IN SPACE!

This is so awesome…

This comes by way of the Futility Closet, which also outlines a really great thought experiment that convinced Galileo that he was right, and Aristotle was wrong (his was the prevailing theory at the time).

This is a wonderful & touching way to spend 7 minutes in science history joy: Wallace: The Other Guy to Discover Natural Selection

Beautifully done…

Via the New York Times.

So apparently, Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat door. Maybe.

Whilst doing a little research on our friend, Isaac Newton, I cam across this lovely piece of trivia. Long story short: on Wikipedia, you can go from “Pet Door” to “Isaac Newton” in one click.

In an apparent early modern example of urban legend, the invention of the pet door was attributed to Isaac Newton (1642–1727) in a story (authored anonymously and published in a column of anecdotes in 1893) to the effect that Newton foolishly made a large hole for his adult cat and a small one for her kittens, not realizing the kittens would follow the mother through the large one.[3] Two Newton biographers cite passages saying that Newton kept “neither cat nor dog in his chamber”.[4][5] Yet over 60 years earlier, a member of Newton’s social circles at Trinity, one J. M. F. Wright, reported this same story (from an unknown source) in his 1827 memoir, adding: “Whether this account be true or false, indisputably true is it that there are in the door to this day two plugged holes of the proper dimensions for the respective egresses of cat and kitten.”[6]

Text via Wikipedia.

Science themed toilet roll art (yes, it does exist) #remarkable

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By Anastassia Elias, via Colossal

I love this art piece. “My Father Studied Geology” by Jensine Eckwall @WhoIsJensine

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By Jensine Eckwall

Some words of advice from @Cmdr_Hadfield drawn by @zenpencils

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Quote by Chris Hadfield, art by Gavin Aung Than.

The monument to Sir Isaac Newton that never came to be. #whoa

This would have been something else, if it came to pass.

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“In an anonymous letter to the London Times in 1825, Thomas Steele of Magdalen College, Cambridge, proposed enshrining Isaac Newton’s residence in a stepped stone pyramid surmounted by a vast stone globe. The physicist himself had died more than a century earlier, in 1727, and lay in Westminster Abbey, but Steele felt that preserving his home would produce a monument ‘not unworthy of the nation and of his memory'”

Text and via Futility Closet.

How an astronomer was honoured by mentioning his name without mentioning his name.

I love this. To do with these 8 asteroids, and explained in full at the always brilliant futility closet*.

1227 Geranium
1228 Scabiosa
1229 Tilia
1230 Riceia
1231 Auricula
1232 Cortusa
1233 Kobresia
1234 Elyna

*tagged here (without copying), in case you wish to find an interesting story under astronomy, science history, or scientist.

Why Chemists Make Bad Drug Dealers #funny

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From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Lisa Congdon’s Wonderful Adventures in Hand Lettering – Science Edition.

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By Lisa Congdon. Top one available as a desktop wallpaper.

Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza! – Day 19

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DARWIN AS SANTA (A.K.A. ONE WAY DARWIN COULD JUMP THE SHARK)
See other Ways Darwin Could Jump the Shark

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“Sporting his full white beard, Darwin is hired to impersonate Santa Claus at the local mall. He initially does well in this job, looking the part, being punctual, amicable, and knowledgeable about reindeer. However, he soon begins to insist on teaching children words like “invertebrate.” He also starts giving out stylish feces beads instead of candy canes. Later, he gets in an argument with another Santa Claus in another mall over biologically sound explanations for Rudolph’s glowing nose. The “Darwin vs. Santa Claus” fistfight goes viral on YouTube.”

By David Ng via McSweeney’s. Image: Source Unknown.

(see more of Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravanganza here)

The “Name the Scientist: Cartoon Picture Edition” Quiz

How many can you get? (I got 6)

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(Click on the image for a larger version).

By Chay Hawes. Answers found here.

Some quotes about climate change…

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By Bird and Moon, via IFLS.

Carl Sagan as a Scribblenaut

by Aaron Thornton, via Hey Oscar Wilde!

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