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Written By: grant on August 17, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: Excerpt from <i>The Arabic Machine Manuscript</i>.


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This mysterious water-driven machine is from a mysterious Arabic manuscript, somewhere between 200 and 500 years old. The whole document is full of mechanisms with scoops and gears and vats and water. It’s part of the Max Planck Digital Library collection but I found it on The Public Domain Review.

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Written By: grant on August 10, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>The Common Angler (</i>Lophius piscatorus<i>) (After W. Von Wright in Smitt)</i>, 1905.

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This is from the Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections in the Biodiversity Library.

I bet there’s all *kinds* of things in the Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections. Doesn’t that mean, like, their junk drawer?

Can you even imagine? Full of anglerfish… and stranger things.

Written By: grant on August 3, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Stephenson’s Patent</i>, 1850.


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From The Principles and Practice and Explanation of the Machinery of Locomotive Engines in Operation, found on archive.org.

The book seems to be part of an 1850 re-printing of Thomas Tredgold’s 1827 masterwork… (deep breath)… The steam engine : comprising an account of its invention and progressive improvement; with an investigation [...]

Written By: grant on July 27, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>The Englishman Watt wanted to make a steam engine…</i>, 1873.

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Translation: The Englishman Watt wanted to make a steam engine. He spent so much time on it that he upset his aunt. Finally, however, he was successful.

From Public Domain Review‘s collection of prints of Western inventors, artists and scholars produced by the Japanese Department of Education.

In part, to demonstrate [...]

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Written By: grant on July 23, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “Step Into The Sky.” (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “A new raptorial dinosaur with exceptionally long feathering provides insights into dromaeosaurid flight performance”, Nature Communications, 15 July 2014, as used in the post “A: Prehistory’s largest micro-raptor. (Four wings!).”

ABSTRACT: It had four [...]

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Written By: grant on July 20, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Figure Showing Anterior Ethmoidal Artery</i>, 2013.

Ever feel congested? Here’s where it happens – the paranasal sinuses. These ones are under your eyes. And the artery we’re specifically looking at here comes from the main artery to the eyes, but branches off to feed the nose. Where things get all coily and spirally.

From “Anatomy of Orbit”, [...]

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Written By: grant on July 13, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Two hundred bones form the framework of your body</i>, 1958.

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Tennis, a different perspective. From All About the Human Body, 1958, found in the reference library of Newhouse Design.

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Written By: grant on July 6, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: Tadarida teniotis Rafinesque.

This is a bat from Tajikstan. According to the 2002 State of the Environment Report, it’s a rare bat. The European free-tailed bat.

No, he doesn’t look very free in that image. Looks a little oppressed, to tell the truth.

Follow your tail, rare, worried bat.

Be free.

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Written By: grant on June 29, 2014 No Comment

As the U.S. Geological Survey puts it:

This video was edited and compiled from raw footage recorded by a camera equipped radio collar that was put on a female polar bear in the Beaufort Sea during April 2014 by the US Geological Survey. The video, which is the first ever from a free-ranging polar [...]

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