December 2008

Science Art: The Golden Horns of Gallehus.

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These are two ancient horns, made of gold and engraved (or embossed) with runes and pictures that seem to tell a story. Or maybe just look cool.

Also, they are horns that it seems like no one ever blew (one translation of one inscription is about drinking), and they are horns that are not there:

The original horns were stolen and melted down in 1802. Casts made of the horns in the late 18th century were also lost. Replicas of the horns must thus rely on 17th and 18th-century drawings…

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SONG: "How the Moon Began"

SONG: “How the Moon Began.”

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:Based on “Puzzle of Moon’s origin resolved”, Nature, 8 April 2015, as used in the post “Scientists: The moon was formed when Earth smacked her twin sister.

ABSTRACT: Once again, Allison said this was the story that needed a song, and she was right. At around the same time, I was listening to “Cruel Sister” and thinking about murder ballads, but somehow, this didn’t come out folksy at all. I mean, except that it’s about ancient sisters…

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Science Art: Las Cascadas Slide (Section 6) from AB Nichols Notebook Vol. 38, 1910

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This is a handmade map from the construction of the Panama Canal, one of history’s greatest feats of engineering. Culebra Cut is where the project experienced massive landslides (is it fair to say some of them are still going on today? I think it isit is).

So the folks in charge of the dig, the Isthmian Canal Commission, got geologists down there to study how to move all that dirt out of the way without burying any workers and steam shovels and train cars.

This is…

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Science Art: Firing in the Fog, 1995

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In which NASA tests a Space Shuttle engine in Mississippi, on a cool and humid day.

Found on GRIN.

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Science Art: Detail from Plate LXVIII from British oology, c. 1835

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That’s Anthus aquaticus and Anthus pratensis… the rock lark up top, and the tit lark at the bottom. Stop laughing, you in the back.

There are more lark eggs where these came from.

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Science Art: Plate XII. An engine of great service to bore elms or other trees to make pipes to conveigh water, and for other uses, 1701

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An illustration from New and rare inventions of water-works; shewing the easiest ways to raise water higher than the spring. By which invention, the perpetual motion is proposed, many hard labours performed, and varieties of motions and sounds produced … by Isaac de Caus, found in The New York Public Library Digital Collection.

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Future By Colani.

24 December 2008 // 0 Comments

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

Electric Plonk.

19 December 2008 // 0 Comments

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 been published in a [...]

Flying Lasers.

18 December 2008 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Life On Ice.

12 December 2008 // 1 Comment

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

Dolphin Tools.

11 December 2008 // 1 Comment

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 of [...]
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