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Written By: grant on October 19, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Leonid Meteor Storm, as seen over North America on the night of November 12-13, 1833 </i>

This is a celestial event recorded beautifully in E. Weiß’s Bilderatlas der Sternenwelt, the “Picture-Atlas of the Star-World”. I’m not sure, but I think that’s Niagara Falls. In the decades before Edison, the night sky must have been lovely.

Dark. Except when lit from above.

Image via ia Public Domain Review

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Written By: grant on October 12, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Phramgocone of Belemnitella, In Flint</i>, 1851

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A “phragmocone” is a fancy word for a shell of a nautilus or ammonoid, and “Belemnitella” is a genus of belemnite, which is to say, a prehistoric critter like squid with a long, chambered shell… that it kept inside, like a skeleton.

Once upon a time, they were all [...]

Written By: grant on October 5, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>A space-ship might look like this</i>, John W. Wood, 1968.

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An image from Rockets and Satellites Work Like This, as found on the marvelous Dreams of Space blog. It’s a children’s book about the then-current Space Race and the potential future of lunar colonies and inflatable space stations.

This image is actually 10 years older than the book it’s in, “carried [...]

Written By: grant on September 28, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Fig. 2</i> from “Drawings, views and engine of the Levasseur transatlantic plane” in NACA Aircraft Circular #50, <i>Levasseur 8 Transatlantic Airplane</i>, 1927.

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This is from a government report – from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, a precursor to NASA – on L’Oiseau Blanc, an aircraft used in an unsuccessful attempt to fly from Paris to New York.

The U.S. took a keen interest in what the French were trying to do. Two [...]

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Written By: grant on September 23, 2014 No Comment

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SOURCE: Based on“Anxiety and sleeping pills ‘linked to dementia’”, BBC News, 9 September 2014, as used in the post “Worried? Trouble sleeping? Congrats, you might have a higher risk of Alzheimer’s.”

ABSTRACT: For the first week of September, [...]

Written By: grant on September 21, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: Sarcoptes scabiei,  from <i>Brockhaus’ Konversations-Lexikon</i>, 1892.

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They itch. They dig in and they itch.

These are the mites that cause scabies, the tiny tunnelers, burrowing into the skin and digesting as they go. If your German’s good, you can read more about them in Brockhaus’ Konversations-Lexikon yourself.

Or, you can rely on a more modern source.

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Written By: grant on September 14, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Figure 3, Transverse Section of a Single Cell</i> by F. Bauer, Esq., F.R.S., 1827.

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Take a deep breath.

This is the inside of your lung, seen really closely. At the time his was drawn, we weren’t really sure what it did, other than… breathe.

It’s from a An Examination into the Structure of the Cells of the Human Lungs; with a View to Ascertain the [...]

Written By: grant on September 7, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Echinodermata, Plate V</i> detail, by James A. Grieg, 1921

This is the heart (and brain and pretty much anything that’s not an arm) of a brittle star, as sketched for Echinodermata, a study of the sea urchins, sand dollars, sea stars and close relatives collected by the Michael Sars Deep Sea Expedition in the North Atlantic in 1910. It was published by [...]

Written By: grant on August 31, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Urban Expansion of Shenyang, China</i>, 2014.


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This is a story of explosive growth, as told by the USGS Landsat satellite, and recorded in the Earth Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center “Image of the Week” collection.

On the left is Shenyang in 1984. On the right, the same location 30 years later. City is spreading like… [...]

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