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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Fear remembers.

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Next time you’re stuck trying to get Boyle’s Law or some cute person’s email into your memory, think of something awful. That’s MSNBC’s solution, based […]

Plastic isn’t sexy.

29 June 2011 grant b 0

Not just looking at – being around it. Science Daily has the skinny on how BPA is making male mice less attractive to females: The […]

Evolution machine

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Genetic engineers have, in the latest New Scientist, devised a device that (deviously) speeds up the process of evolution: For instance, a yeast engineered to […]

Uncut lovers.

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That’s Denmark for you. The International Journal of Epidemiology published an article from Danish researchers who found circumcision isn’t all that great in the sack: […]

SONG: “Humidity”

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SONG: “Humidity.” [Download] (To download: double right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. SOURCE: Based on Star Found Shooting Water “Bullets”, National Geographic, 13 June 2011, […]

Robot astronauts.

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I suppose automation just made the Space Shuttle obsolete (or, well, something like that). MSNBC reports that the latest supply ship to the ISS is […]

A dying flash.

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CSM takes a somber look at a star essentially giving a final wave as it’s swallowed by a black hole: Using Swift observations and others […]

Star sprinklers.

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Just in time for summer, National Geographic lets us know that someone left the sprinklers on way up there: The discovery suggests that protostars may […]

Mother cow.

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It must be strange to work in a facility like the ones Sky News just reported on – the places where genetically modified cows produce […]

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