As a student of science and an aspiring evolutionary biologist, I was delighted when I went through Unstable spoilers and saw this little gem:
I recognised it as a Markov chain, a probability model in which the probability of an event depends solely on the previous state the system was in (to put it simply). I went through Frank Karsten's excellent article on CFB where he discusses its expected size. I then wanted to make more scientifically accurate cards, and came up with this:
(In hindsight, the CMC should've been XXUG)
So here's a challenge: make some scientifically accurate cards. The cards can feature scientists, inventions, scientific concepts, scientific phenomena, living beings, substances, materials, etc. Anything. They just need to be scientifically accurate.
If any guidelines are required, I had made this scientific colour pie a while back, based on the colours that I felt best depicted various fields (edit: interchanged Mono-B and BR. Felt the chaotic nature of red and the risk-taking of black made Rakdos the right colours for probability theory, while Black's preoccupation with flesh, blood, murder and dissection will still accommodate anatomy and physiology):
C: Technology, engineering
Mono-W: Inorganic chemistry
Mono-U: Classical mechanics
Mono-B: Physiology and anatomy
Mono-R: Electrodynamics and electronics
Mono-G: Ecology, conservation biology, environmental science
WU: Pure mathematics (calculus, topology, etc)
UR: Thermodynamics, electrochemistry
BR: Probability, statistics, applied math
WG: Medical and agricultural science
WR: High-energy/particle physics, quantum mechanics
UB: Neurobiology, psychology, behaviour
UG: Evolutionary biology, genetics
RG: Organic chemistry
BG: Microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology
WB: Optics, astrophysics
This is just what I felt, you may tweak this as you like or do something completely different.
1. Cards that highlight the STEM fields are to be made.
2. No joke cards, although humour is allowed and appreciated.
3. Cards will be judged on the basis of scientific accuracy, flavour, balancing, and art (in that order, although all are nearly equally important).
4. Try to capture the spirit of the challenge. For instance, if you want to highlight the field of medicine, do not make cards with healers or medics in it. Magic has plenty of those. Rather, make cards that involve cancer researchers, drug development, etc.
5. Up to 4 cards per person (think like one each for physics, chemistry, math and biology, or something like that).
6. Do not put down any field in the cards. They are all important.
7. Do credit the artist.
8. Cards can be edited/changed out at any time. Old cards are allowed.
9. Deadline is Jan 31.
1st: 5 favourites and a follow. Can nominate an HM.
2nd: 3 favourites and a follow.
3rd: 2 favourites.
HM: 1 favourite.
In the name of science, SMITH!