You Know Who Wouldn't Pass The Turing Test? PhD Advisors

Can you tell the difference between a chatbot and a PhD thesis advisor? PHD Comics puts college professors to the Turing Test, and they fail hilariously. » 6/13/14 11:39am 6/13/14 11:39am

13 Webcomics That Will Make You Smarter

While some webcomics deliver a quick joke or the latest installment in a long-form story, many comics floating around the Internet have something to teach us about the world. Here are some of our favorite comics that delve into science, history, philosophy, and more. » 4/09/14 10:30am 4/09/14 10:30am

The Webcomic Guide to Quantum Physics

Last year, Jorge Cham of the webcomic Piled Higher and Deeper (a.k.a. PhD comics) combined animation with expert interviews to explain the Higgs Boson and black body radiation. Now, he's trying his hand at quantum physics – a subject, he admits, he is somewhat mystified by. » 6/12/13 7:10am 6/12/13 7:10am

The Webcomic Guide to Black Body Radiation and the Colors of the Stars

Earlier this year, Jorge Cham of the webcomic PhD Comics explained the Higgs Boson by combining narration from physicists with his own artwork. In his latest video, The Fingerprint of Stars, Jon Swift, Ben Montet, and Melodie Kao of CalTech's John Johnson Exoplanets Laboratory explain why different stars appear to… » 12/15/12 10:30am 12/15/12 10:30am

Five webcomics that show San Diego Comic-Con from a cartoonist's…

Each year, when we cover San Diego Comic-Con, we come into the show as press and as fans. We want to bring you the big news and the coolest stuff we saw, while jumping up and down about the stuff that got us particularly excited. » 7/07/12 8:30am 7/07/12 8:30am

The Webcomic Guide to the Higgs Boson

If you're still a little fuzzy on what the Higgs Boson is or why particle physicists are so keen on finding it, check out this video by PhD Comics creator Jorge Cham. Cham gets the low-down from CERN physicist, and conveys the significance of the Higgs Boson and the role of the Large Hadron Collider in comic form. » 4/28/12 7:30am 4/28/12 7:30am

We twiddled the knobs until it worked: What grad student science papers…

Grad students in every field develop a linguistic armor against uncomfortable scrutiny. Fortunately, where lab-bound research monkeys are concerned, PhD Comics' Jorge Cham is here to translate, explaining when grad students left work to grab a couple beers and when they just don't want you protesting their lab. » 3/11/12 12:00pm 3/11/12 12:00pm

PHD Comics is coming to a theatre near you!

If you're a grad student, were once a grad student, know a grad student, or just enjoy hearing about all the crap that grad students have to go through, and you haven't read Jorge Cham's Piled Higher and Deeper Comics (aka PHD Comics), then you should probably just skip work early and go do that for the rest of the… » 9/16/11 11:50am 9/16/11 11:50am

Five webcomics to read while xkcd is on hiatus

Due to a family illness, Randall Munroe announced that we won't be seeing regular installments of his popular webcomic xkcd. We wish Munroe and his family the best, but in the meantime, what's a math-loving webcomic reader to do? » 11/20/10 9:00am 11/20/10 9:00am