SONG: "Electric Wind"

SONG: “Electric Wind”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:Water on Venus was stripped away by ‘electric wind’,” Wired, 21 June 2016, as used in the post “The electric wind left Venus without water or air.”

ABSTRACT: So, I’ve just found the researcher’s personal site, on which he describes himself as “Scientist, Space Cadet and Singer-Songwriter.” So, you know, maybe he’ll understand all this. On the other hand, his band is on Facebook as ‘DC’s hottest English ceilidh, contra dance and party band,…

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Science Art: Philips H7 headlamp . Mo-cover filament polycrystals, by Ivan.V.Nemtsev

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This is the filament of a headlight – a halogen bulb you put in the front end of your car, one of these – as seen many times its proper size under an electron microscope.

Tiny little light bulb makes great big light. You can see one of these for miles, right?

Then think about how tiny those little crystals are. Then check out what they look like when Mr. Nemtsev zoomed in a little more.

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Science Art: An early map of the planet Mars, by Richard A. Proctor, 1867.

A map of Mars, by Richard Proctor, published posthumously in 1905

A map of the planet Mars by astronomer Richard A. Proctor. The names we use for features on Mars nowadays come from Giovanni Schiaparelli – like what we call “Syrtis Major Planum,” he called the “Kaiser Sea” (after an earlier astronomer). This map, he drew based on 27 drawings from William Rutter Dawes.

He was a serious scientist, but money troubles led him to write popular stuff, which he turned out to be good at. In his Wikipedia article (no doubt based on Encyclopedia Britannica): He …

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Science Art: Inside the Spacecraft During Gemini V Flight, by L. Gordon Cooper/NASA

Gemini V
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Here’s astronaut Charles Conrad Jr. as snapped by mission commander L. Gordon Cooper Jr., the “Gordo” from The Right Stuff, if you remember him. This was a few years after the Mercury missions.

One of the things they were doing on the Gemini V mission, in August 1965, was to see what would happen if people and spacecraft spent 8 days in zero-g. No one had done it.

Since then, we’ve gotten more used to weightlessness. In 1994-95, Valeri Polyakov spent almost 438 days i…

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Science Art: Minecraft Colosseum replica (Amphitheatrum Flavium)

A screengrab from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSli7JpnSA8
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One of the more interesting trends in scientific illustration lately – and I do think that it’s exactly the same kind of thing that inspired amateur illustrators of the 1800s were doing with pencil and paper – is creating replicas of archaeological sites in Minecraft. There’s an expert in reddit’s /r/AskHistorians sub who’s done it with a digital Teotihuacan, there’s a mighty Minecraft version of the Borobudur mega-stupa, and replicas of Harappa and Mohenjo Daro in Pakistan. The…

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SONG: Everything Appears to be in Order

SONG: “Everything Appears to be in Order”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:AI Pioneer ROSS Intelligence Lands Its First Big Law Clients,” The American Lawyer, 6 May 2016,
as used in the post First firm to hire a virtual attorney. It’ll be handling bankruptcies….

ABSTRACT:
There’s a SoundFont drum set on here, but everything else is either a voice or a bass. Lots of bass. Much bass.

I’ve been playing bass lately because I’m doing something with friends which I’ll be referring to more la…

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Zapping into flow.

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New Scientist reawakens that old dream of turning on the creative juices as if you were turning on a tap… or flipping a switch: I […]

Home-cooked Parkinson’s.

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BBC reports on neurologists who’ve managed to not only create brain cells in the lab – but to make Parkinson’s-diseased cells from scratch: The breakthrough […]

Tune into the li-fi.

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Wired is all aglow over a new wireless transmission system that uses light instead of radio waves: Using off-the-shelf electronics, he can stream videos using […]

Testosterone and bad ideas.

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Irish Times reveals the link between lousy decision-making and the hormone linked to lust and aggression: Dr Nick Wright and colleagues at the Wellcome Trust […]

Skin becomes brain

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BBC News ponders what it means for our bodies when Stanford University professors start shuffling around our cellular building blocks. Not turning stem cells into […]

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