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Written By: grant on March 1, 2015 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Vespertilio Formosus</i>

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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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Written By: grant on February 28, 2015 No Comment

Scientific American digs into one of the most recognizable, most influential records (and cover images) – the astronomical story behind Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album art:

…[T]he cover is directly linked to a figure in The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Astronomy (1977 edition)—a stacked plot of radio signals from a pulsar. My interest was piqued. I’m […]

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Written By: grant on February 15, 2015 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Variation of the Electron Density with Altitude in the Venusian Ionosphere</i>, 1975.

A look at the solar wind – charged particles whipping off our nearest star – and what they do to the second planet out, Venus.

From a NASA technical document, a translation of a Russian overview of observatons from Venus probes. “Hey guys!” it starts. “Not so hospitable down there as we thought!”

Written By: grant on February 8, 2015 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Plate 3.  Compare this medical high frequency apparatus…</i>

A bygone medical device, as preserved on the Public Domain Review’s selections from High Frequency Electric Currents in Medicine and Dentistry by Samuel Howard Monell, a 1910 treatise on how to use electricity to solve various conditions. Including, um, hysteria. There are one or two NSFW photographs to that effect in the collection.

Written By: grant on February 1, 2015 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Uterus En Etat De Gestation</i> by Jacques Marie Cyprien Victor Coste

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This one is definitely worth clicking to embiggen. It’s from the very detailed, very large Histoire générale et particulière du développement des corps organisés by 19th-century embryologist Jacques Marie Cyprien Victor Coste, and there’s a little, tiny baby right in the middle of it. Apparently, Coste spends most of the book comparing […]

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Written By: grant on January 26, 2015 No Comment

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The full title of this appears to be: “D ß ist der schneck auß dem grund auf gezogen/mit allen notwendigen linien drauß er gemacht wirdet,” or “This is the spiral from the plan drawn into the room, with all necessary construction lines.”

It’s from a volume on making three-dimensional shapes out of numbers. […]

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Written By: grant on January 18, 2015 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Fig. 10 (Theil eines Stockes von </i>Carchesium polypinum<i> mit zwei Individuen)</i>, by Carl Gegenbaur,1870

This is a little critter known as Carchesium polypinum, less formally a “stalked ciliate,” an organism that forms colonies that look like teensy tinesy trees, or maybe ferns, but found in little drops of water. This particular one was found in Grundzüge der vergleichenden Anatomie, published in Leipzig and preserved in the Heidelberg […]

Written By: grant on January 11, 2015 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Space Shuttle</i>, concept art from NASA’s Glenn Research Center.

A vision of futures past from NASA’s Glenn Research Center Collection, part of the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System.

This was what they planned the Space Shuttle to be. Very optimistic colors, aren’t they? And a brilliant sky.

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