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Earlier this month the kickstarter that Massive Science run to produce a Women of Science Tarot Deck (illustrated by yours truly) was successfully funded. This means that for the rest of the Winter I’m going to spend most of my weekends drawing science-themed symbolic illustrations and I couldn’t be happier about it!

Now, some of you may ask (and have asked) “why are you mixing science and tarot? Isn’t Tarot all about magic/occult stuff?” Initially, when my friend Nadja suggested the idea I asked myself the same question. Like most people I associated ‘tarots’ with divination but — as I…


on science and fiction (from the cartoonscience.org blog)

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Some time has passed since my last post, I have been quite busy travelling to conferences and meeting new people. In May I was in Toronto for Fiction meets Science (FmS), an interdisciplinary conference bringing together novelists, literary scholars, science communicators and even (some) practicing scientists. In June I returned to the Graphic Medicine conference, after missing it for the past three years, they are such a great community and a constant inspiration for me!

Being exposed to all these different perspectives and approaches to comics, writing and science communication really pushed…


(from cartoonscience.org)

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Next month a march for science has been called to protest against the anti-science positions of the new US government. I decided to mark the occasion with a little motivational illustration and I will probably join the NYC march myself on Saturday the 22nd of April (Earth Day). Some scientists, like geologist Robert S. Young, criticised the idea of a march for science arguing that it will just reinforce the idea of science as a ‘liberal’ enclave:

Scientists marching in opposition to a newly elected Republican president will only cement the divide. The solution here is not mass…


Short comic inspired by the ecology problems of Christmas Island. This is a very fictionalized version but you can find out more about the science from this Guardian article and Planet Earth (Islands episode). If you want even more details here is all the info you need. Happy holidays!

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(from my new cartoonscience.org blog)

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I have always been interested in stories about science, but for some reason I never seriously considered narratives from a scientific perspective. The fact that I considered science a worthwhile subject for fiction, but not fiction a worthwhile subject for science, clearly betrays my scientific background. As scientists we often see narratives as a pleasurable distraction, at best, or something to avoid altogether in our work, as a story is considered pretty much the opposite of data. Narratives played an important role in early scientific reports (think of Galileo’s Dialogue) but as science and the…


I have a new article on Graphic-news.com where I try to visualise the fascinating concept of the Blockchain.

I became interested in this topic while working on a related project last year. I have been lucky enough to see some of the leading experts in the field talking about the Blockchain, its potential and its shortcomings. One of the very few things they all seemed to agree on, was that better communication was needed to make the technology accessibe to the general public. As usual, I thought comics and graphic journalism would be the perfect tool and I have decided to give it a try.

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Why do we need the blockchain?

My article on the troubled history of the Human Brain Project is now available on Graphic-news.com

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Full disclosure: I am one of the scientists who signed the open letter to ask for revisions of the HBP project.


A science-horror comic about experimental psychology.

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Matteo Farinella

Neuroscientists, cartoonist, working at Columbia University, publishing graphic journalism and short info-comics. More at www.matteofarinella.com

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