June 2011

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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Fear remembers.

30 June 2011 // 0 Observations

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 [...]

Plastic isn’t sexy.

29 June 2011 // 0 Observations

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

Google vs. Nonsense

28 June 2011 // 0 Observations

In my day job, I’m not a scientist – I’m a writer. So it pleases me immensely to see this New York Times piece on the innovative ways [...]

Evolution machine

27 June 2011 // 0 Observations

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

Uncut lovers.

24 June 2011 // 0 Observations

That’s Denmark for you. The International Journal of Epidemiology published an article from Danish researchers who found circumcision isn’t [...]

Robot astronauts.

21 June 2011 // 0 Observations

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.

20 June 2011 // 0 Observations

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 by the [...]

Star sprinklers.

16 June 2011 // 1 Observation

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 be [...]

Mother cow.

15 June 2011 // 0 Observations

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