August 2010

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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SONG: The Waves Around the Women

SONG: “The Waves Around the Women.”

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Scientists have discovered nature’s newest strongest material“, Washington Post, 18 February 2015,as used in the post “Stronger than spider silk”.

ABSTRACT:
Two things happened that went into this. First, Allison said, “Can we have one about limpet teeth?” I don’t know just how far her tongue was in her cheek about that, but who cares? Limpet teeth are great! They’re as strong as growing things get!

The other thi…

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Science Art: NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft as it passes Pluto and Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, in July 2015, by NASA/JHU APL/SwRI/Steve Gribben.

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This is happening now. This summer.

A little flying robot is going to Pluto, the planet that wasn’t a planet, then it sort of was again.

From the NASA New Horizons page:

“We’ve completed the longest journey any spacecraft has flown from Earth to reach its primary target, and we are ready to begin exploring,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

LORRI will take hundreds of pictures of Pluto…

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Science Art: No. 1 and No. 2, from Primer of the Clinical Microscope, 1879.

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A manual from Boston Optical Works, found on archive.org.

Elegant lines those instruments had.

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Science Art: Artist's Impression of the GX 339-4 Black-Hole Binary System, by ESA/ATG medialab

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The European Space Agency was watching the jets:

Astronomers using ESA’s Herschel space observatory have detected emission from the base of black-hole jets for the first time. While studying the black-hole binary system GX 339-4 in a multi-wavelength observation campaign, they noticed changes in the source’s X-ray and radio emissions signalling the onset of powerful jets being released from the black hole’s vicinity. This prompted the astronomers to observe th…

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Science Art: Vespertilio Formosus

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A mouse-eared bat, from Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, as found on the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

It falls between a rather pleasant-looking bush pig and a pair of possums in the original source. But neither have such natty headgear.

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Homegrown eyes.

30 August 2010 // 0 Observations

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 began [...]

Dry water.

27 August 2010 // 0 Observations

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 droplet surrounded [...]

Pee-pee power.

24 August 2010 // 0 Observations

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 in rural eastern China [...]

Take a hike, kid.

19 August 2010 // 0 Observations

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 body of [...]

Destination Venus.

16 August 2010 // 0 Observations

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 might have [...]

Fall of antibiotics

13 August 2010 // 0 Observations

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