SONG: Turn Me Back

SONG: “Turn Me Back”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:CRISPR’s hopeful monsters: gene-editing storms evo-devo labs,” Nature, 17 Aug 2016, as used in the post “Prepare to make prehistoric monsters..”

ABSTRACT: This is the first song I’ve ever recorded on Linux. I’ve converted my 12-year-old secondhand laptop to Lubuntu and am running Reaper (the recording program) in WINE (the thing that makes Linux pretend to be Windows). Love the way the rest of the computer works now, hate the way Reaper kee…

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Science Art: The Life Cycle of Acetabularia mediterranea, 1960.

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This is how an alga (that’s how it’s spelled in the book) reproduces. It looks like an underwater nasturtium.

Here, it’s being used to demonstrate what exactly RNA is doing in cells when living things reproduce. Algae are nice and simple, so little changes can be easy to see. This particular water plant helped biologists understand that the cell nucleus is where all that reproductive information gets stored.

The book in question is The Biological Role of Ribonucleic Acids by Belgian …

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Science Art: Patterns of taxonomic and morphological diversification in early ray-finned fishes, M. Friedman.

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Fish, in families. Fish, in schools.

These are all ray-finned fishes, on a chart showing how they became more diverse from the Devonian period (when oceans were the “in” places for life forms to hang out) to the Triassic (when dinosaurs started making the scene).

Ray-finned fish are one of two groups of bony fish (which is the big group of, basically, all the fish that aren’t sharks, rays, hagfish or lampreys). The other group of bony fish are lobe-finned fish, which are fish like coe…

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Science Art: Vertical Image of Area A at Happisburgh, from "Hominin Footprints from Early Pleistocene Deposits at Happisburgh, UK," 2014.

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These are the feet of prehistoric humans – little feet of children, big feet of adults. Actually, it’s an infographic based on a photograph based on rather well-preserved mud in Norfolk, England, which captured the shape of feet about a million to 0.78 million years ago. It’s a trace of a trace of a trace of feet.

The site is the “oldest known hominin footprint surface outside Africa.” It’s a group of men, women, boys, and girls from a family of our ancestors. They might be Neanderthals, …

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Science Art: Forecasts for 1907, Punch Magazine, 1906.

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This is a cartoon – a *funny* cartoon from about a hundred years before smartphones became a thing.

We knew what they would do to us. Even then, we knew.

It was published in Punch Magazine, but I found it at Public Domain Review.

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Science Art: Map, Glen Tilt, Tayside, by James Hutton

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I’m not sure exactly what this is a map of (other than Glen Tilt, Tayside), because there’s not much information on the USGS page where I found it.

It’s got a lovely geometry, though.

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Gay men remember faces.

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e! Science finds something besides choosing mates that gay men’s brains do differently – recognize faces: “Our results suggest that both gay men and heterosexual […]

Chimp War.

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Science Daily spoils the myth of the peaceful forest apes that live idyllic lives with no concept of ownership. Apparently, the brutes fight long wars […]

Oysters in the spill.

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The Tallahassee Democrat demonstrates how the Deepwater Horizon disaster is affecting what we can still learn about sea life: ST. TERESA — Thunder clattered and […]

Oil research stalled.

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Nature gets a little rough with the sloppy White House response to the ongoing Gulf of Mexico mess: On 15 June, BP announced that it […]

SONG: Crocodile Surf

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SONG: “Crocodile Surf” [Download] . (To download: double right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. SOURCE: “Crocodiles go with the flow”, Nature, 7 June 2010, as […]

Put your face in space.

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Seriously. NASA wants to take you into orbit. Or at least a likeness of you. It’s their way of celebrating the final two shuttle missions. […]

Take it ALL off.

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The bloggers at ufunk.net have appealed to my prurient side with the Eizo Pin-up Calendar: Miss June, 2010. Yes, it’s a calendar that really shows […]

Hang onto that four-leaf clover.

14 June 2010 grant b 0

PhysOrg produces scientific proof that superstitions kinda do bring luck: Damisch teamed with colleagues Barbara Stoberock and Thomas Mussweiler, also from the University of Cologne, […]

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