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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Look who’s running the asylum.

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And, in fact, the whole discipline of psychology. National Post exposes the sad truth that industrialized, post-Enlightenment Westerners are weird: The article, titled “The weirdest […]

Homegrown eyes.

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Medical Daily is dishing up a bright new recipe for making biological corneas from scratch: More than a decade ago, Dr. Griffith and her colleagues […]

Dry water.

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No, not ice, but, as the Telegraph explains it, a form of water that just isn’t wet: Each particle of dry water contains a water […]

Pee-pee power.

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I went there. No, really, I went there. The BBC reports on the way chemists will use urine as fuel: Dr Tao said: “Growing up […]

SONG: Rising Like the Sun

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SONG: “Rising Like the Sun” [Download] . (To download: double right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. SOURCE: Based on “Antidepressants in water cause shrimps to […]

Take a hike, kid.

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G’wan. Get out of here. No, you don’t need me to hold your hand. The Guardian says you should go outside and play! [A] growing […]

Look happy, feel happy.

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It’s not just about paralyzing your face to make you look younger. Not too long ago, Indiana University revealed that Botox really does make people […]

Before there was DNA….

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That’s what’s still going inside this food-poisoning bacteria, according to Science Daily. Its genetic material is so ancient, it’s older than genes as we know […]

Destination Venus.

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Or, as Discovery News puts it, RETURN TO HELL: We have a lot of unanswered questions about Venus that warrant a return surface visit. Venus […]

Fall of antibiotics

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Break out the garlic and sulfur compounds. The Guardian’s predicting the end of antibiotics in as soon as 10 years: Hyperbole? Unfortunately not. The highly […]

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