Science Art: Theoria Satellitum Iovis et Saturni from Atlas Coelestis by Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr, 1742.

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A geometry of the heavens (specifically the moons of Jupiter and Saturn0, as envisioned by mathematician, astronomer, and mapmaker Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr, a German who also spoke French, Italian and English. He published an atlas of the stars using images previously published by his long-time collaborator Johann Baptist Homann, a Dominican monk who converted to Protestantism and who had previously published Grosser Atlas ueber die ganze Welt, a great atlas of the whole world.

The fu…

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SONG: "Electric Wind"

SONG: “Electric Wind”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:Water on Venus was stripped away by ‘electric wind’,” Wired, 21 June 2016, as used in the post “The electric wind left Venus without water or air.”

ABSTRACT: So, I’ve just found the researcher’s personal site, on which he describes himself as “Scientist, Space Cadet and Singer-Songwriter.” So, you know, maybe he’ll understand all this. On the other hand, his band is on Facebook as ‘DC’s hottest English ceilidh, contra dance and party band,…

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Science Art: Philips H7 headlamp . Mo-cover filament polycrystals, by Ivan.V.Nemtsev

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This is the filament of a headlight – a halogen bulb you put in the front end of your car, one of these – as seen many times its proper size under an electron microscope.

Tiny little light bulb makes great big light. You can see one of these for miles, right?

Then think about how tiny those little crystals are. Then check out what they look like when Mr. Nemtsev zoomed in a little more.

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Science Art: An early map of the planet Mars, by Richard A. Proctor, 1867.

A map of Mars, by Richard Proctor, published posthumously in 1905

A map of the planet Mars by astronomer Richard A. Proctor. The names we use for features on Mars nowadays come from Giovanni Schiaparelli – like what we call “Syrtis Major Planum,” he called the “Kaiser Sea” (after an earlier astronomer). This map, he drew based on 27 drawings from William Rutter Dawes.

He was a serious scientist, but money troubles led him to write popular stuff, which he turned out to be good at. In his Wikipedia article (no doubt based on Encyclopedia Britannica): He …

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Science Art: Inside the Spacecraft During Gemini V Flight, by L. Gordon Cooper/NASA

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Here’s astronaut Charles Conrad Jr. as snapped by mission commander L. Gordon Cooper Jr., the “Gordo” from The Right Stuff, if you remember him. This was a few years after the Mercury missions.

One of the things they were doing on the Gemini V mission, in August 1965, was to see what would happen if people and spacecraft spent 8 days in zero-g. No one had done it.

Since then, we’ve gotten more used to weightlessness. In 1994-95, Valeri Polyakov spent almost 438 days i…

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Science Art: Minecraft Colosseum replica (Amphitheatrum Flavium)

A screengrab from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSli7JpnSA8
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One of the more interesting trends in scientific illustration lately – and I do think that it’s exactly the same kind of thing that inspired amateur illustrators of the 1800s were doing with pencil and paper – is creating replicas of archaeological sites in Minecraft. There’s an expert in reddit’s /r/AskHistorians sub who’s done it with a digital Teotihuacan, there’s a mighty Minecraft version of the Borobudur mega-stupa, and replicas of Harappa and Mohenjo Daro in Pakistan. The…

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Future By Colani.

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Here, something pretty for your Yule: How Luigi Colani designed the future. A Colani-designed semi-trailer. From steam trains to flying boats. Spacecraft like ginger flowers […]

SONG: Isopods In My Aquarium.

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SONG: “Isopods In My Aquarium” [Download] (To download: double right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. SOURCE: “Antarctica Has More Species than Galapagos”, LiveScience, 2 Dec […]

Smart Soldiers Die First.

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Sounds grim, but New Scientist says it’s true. The more intelligent soldiers were the most likely to die in combat: The unprecedented demands of the […]

Electric Plonk.

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New Scientist gives us a recipe for converting cheap wine to the good stuff: It is backed by a decade of research, the results have […]

Flying Lasers.

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We’re one step closer to living in a Flash Gordon serial, New Scientist reports, as engineers prepare to unleash a brilliant barrage of airborne death […]

A 2,000-Year-Old Brain

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Archaeologists found a surprise inside the severed skull of a man who lived in Britain before the Romans came. As PhysOrg reports, it had Britain’s […]

Herpes and Alzheimer’s

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Science Daily reveals the role the plucky, pesky herpes virus plays in the dreadful progress of Alzheimer’s disease – and how a cold sore cure […]

Life On Ice.

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Antarctica, LiveScience reveals, isn’t the wasteland it appears. In fact, it has more species than the Galapagos Islands: A team of 23 scientists from five […]

Dolphin Tools.

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Science News reports on new findings that our intelligent neighbors to the sea have finally been spotted using tools: These dolphins dive to the bottom […]

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