Science Art: Oreille schematique, from Identification anthropométrique : instructions signalétiques, 1893.

L0035101 Schematic ear Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Schematic ear: Oreille schematique. Bordure A B C D E decomposee en partie Originelle A B, Superieure B C, Posterieure C D et inferieure D E. Lobule E F G H considere sous le rapport dy contour E F, de l'adherence a la joue F H, du modele G et de sa Dimension. Antitragus H I examine au point de vue de son inclinasion, de son profil, de son degre de renversement et de sa Dimension. Plis internes separes en branches inferieure J K, superieure K L, et mediane K M Identification anthropométrique : instructions signalétiques  Alphonse Bertillon Published: 1893 Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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The book Identification anthropométrique : instructions signalétiques is Alphonse Bertillon‘s guide for identifying criminal suspects.

These ear dimensions were one way you could make SUPER sure you got your man, and not somebody with similar features but totally the wrong ears.

At the time, the science was called anthropometry, and it was the ancestor to the biometrics used by surveillance computers to spot, for instance, specific faces on a crowded street.

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SONG: Gaia (1,000 Times)

SONG: “Gaia (1,000 Times)”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:Milky Way mapper: 6 ways the Gaia spacecraft will change astronomy,” Nature, 09 Sep 2016, as used in the post “That’s a big map.”

ABSTRACT: Writing this song was fun; recording it was a nightmare. Linux, you have not yet defeated me… but almost. Somehow, installing a desktop publishing program a couple days ago (I think this is the culprit) knocked out some kind of relationship that the previous drivers had with the soundcard in…

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Science Art: Hyastenus convexus, from Report on the zoological collections made in the Indo-Pacific Ocean during the voyage of H.M.S. 'Alert' 1881-2.

Report on the zoological collections made in the Indo-Pacific Ocean during the voyage of H.M.S. 'Alert' 1881-2. London :Printed by order of the Trustees,1884.  http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/44056Click to embiggen

Big picture, small crab.

They crawl around the sea in Japan, Australia, Borneo and the Horn of Africa.

This one was drawn in the 1880s (like one of those French girls) aboard the H.M.S. Alert, and preserved in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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Science Art: Orbital Balloon Repair (?), by Philip Bono

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In 1960, we started planning to send rockets to Mars… and Philip Bono, a Boeing engineer and designer, started figuring out how they’d work, and how they’d look while they were working.

I’m not sure exactly how this image relates to that project, but here it is in SDASM’s Philip Bono Collection.

As far as I can tell, this is a space-suited repairman working on a balloon that’s leaking at the edge of Earth’s atmosphere. Perhaps it’s meant as a fueling station (Bono’s big idea was re…

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Science Art: Dressing for Altitude, NASA.

From NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/ebooks/dress_for_altitude_detail.html
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This is an image from this NASA eBook on high-flying fashions:

Although space suits, which differ from pressure suits in subtle, but important ways, have been well covered in literature, pressure suits have gone unheralded except as introductions to the space suit histories. This e-book is an attempt to correct that….

I found this accidentally while browsing through the Popular Mechanics archive in Wikimedia Commons (since this wasn’t in that magazine, I’m not s…

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Science Art: Your Gifted Child frontispiece, 1958

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This is how parents in the 50s were expected to conceptualize their bright, nonconformist children – as happy, well-groomed chemists.

Then the 60s happened.

From a helpful, U.S. Children’s Bureau booklet available on archive.org.

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SONG: The Imperial Worm

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SONG: “The Imperial Worm” [Download] . (To download: double right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. SOURCE: Based on “Warrior Worms Swallow Enemies Whole”, Discovery News, […]

Song delay.

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This hasn’t been a week for lyrics. September’s song will be completely shortly, followed by another penitential cover.

Do not fear the super-spud.

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New Scientist is considerably cheerier about another transgenic thing coming out of the sub-continent – a new generation of high-protein potatoes: Subra Chakraborty and colleagues […]

Fear the superbug. Fear it.

20 September 2010 grant b 0

Wired is feeling… apprehensive… about the latest progress made by the “Indian superbug” gene: This week, I’m at ICAAC (the annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial […]

Worms, organize!

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It’s not just ants and naked mole rats that organize into eerily intelligent colonies, Discovery News says. Worms are getting in on the action, too: […]

Prescription pop.

16 September 2010 grant b 0

Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University are using music (and audio engineering) to treat pain and depression – by mapping out emotional terrain in pop songs: […]

Duck penis competition.

15 September 2010 grant b 0

This is so going to trigger spam filters, but I don’t care. Science News has reported breaking news… that male ducks grow bigger penises when […]

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