Illuminating the Field Guide to Flying Trilobites

There’s a new gallery tab sitting atop ye olde Art in Awe of Science site: Field Guide. I’m reviving the Inktober project I attempted in 2019, where I sketched out 29 images that month of A Field Guide to Flying Trilobites: the Field Guide needs its own home. And some colour. Bumble Trilobites: tap on the images on the Guide gallery to read further descriptions. Ink on paper; painted in ArtRage. The Field Guide is…

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#581 The Art and Science of Play

For humans and creatures of all sorts, play goes beyond having fun. Cognitive scientist Junyi Chu shares about the motives behind play, from showing off one's fitness to practicing skills, and she shares about her research studying children, play and cognition. Game designer Holly Gramazio comes at play from the perspective of an artist. She talks about how games, such as Pokemon Go or others that originated during the pandemic, can change how players perceive…

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Episode 120: Naked Ammonite

It wouldn’t be outlandish to state that many a fossil collection has started with the acquisition of an ammonite. Their planispiral shells (termed a conch) are instantly recognisable and since that conch was originally composed of the relatively hard mineral aragonite, they better lend themselves to the fossilisation process. But how much do we actually know about the animal that produces the conch? We might be able to make superficial inferences based on comparisons with…

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