Science Art: Bunsen Burner Flame Types, by Artura Jana Fijalkowski.

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It’s Beltane today, May Day, a day traditionally celebrated with bonfires. Here are some smaller flames, but no less fiery.

This is a photo illustrating how, as Wikimedia Commons explains, “different flame types of a Bunsen burner depend on oxygen supply. ”

And also:

Different flame types of Bunsen burner depending on air flow through the valve.

1. air valve closed

2. air valve nearly fully closed

3. air valve semi-opened

4. air valve maximally opene…

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Science Art: Restoration of Pliocene fauna of North America, Smithsonian Museum.

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This is a mural at the Smithsonian Museum, showing how the Great Plains would have looked about 3 million years ago.

The critters here include Amebelodon (the elephant-lookin’ things in the middle),
Neohipparion (tiny horse),
Synthetoceras (antelopes with the antlers in their noses),
Teleoceras (an American rhino),
Merycodus (prong-horned antelopes),
Epigaulus (“horned gopher”),
Hypolagus (giant rabbits), and
Cranioceras (the spikier antelope there).

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SONG: "Meat Man"

SONG: “Meat Man”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:High-Protein Diet May Have Shaped Neanderthals,” Archaeology, 30 March 2016,
as used in the post Protein Diet Shaped Neanderthals.

ABSTRACT: Of course, the world is mourning the loss of a great musical genius this week, and so am I – but in my case, it’s Richard Lyons, one of the founding members of Negativland. This group… well, they weren’t a band, really, and I don’t think you could even call them musicians (although maybe musique concre…

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Science Art: Artist's impression of JWST, European Space Agency, 2013

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This is an artist’s conception of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble. The European Space Agency is working on it, with NASA, Northrop Grumman and Ball Aerospace.

Soon, it will be able to see so many stars….

The JWST is meant to launch into orbit from French Guiana in October 2018. At the link up there, you can watch the (ahem) WebbCams. The main optical component consists of 18 adjustable mirrors. It’s also got a giant array of “solar attenu…

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Science Art: Nutmeg Tree, from 40 drawings of plants at Bencoolen, Sumatra, c.1824.

Nutmeg Tree, for Sir Stamford Raffles.
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Spice.

In watercolor.

It looks like it would smell delicious.

From 40 Drawings of Plants at Bencoolen, Sumatra, a collection of natural history paintings done by Chinese artists for Sir Stamford Raffles. It’s been released on the internet by the British Library.

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Science Art: The Male and Female of Caligus centrodonti.

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Double check all your eggs – just in case.

Happy Easter!

The handsome couple in the image came from North American parasitic copepods belonging to the family Caligidae , 1905, found in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The title kind of gives away the whole story. He’s, uh, a lot smaller than an Easter egg in real life.

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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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