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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.

[via Humanoid History]

Written By: grant on January 4, 2015 No Comment
Science Art: <i>While master @AstroTerry cuts, apprentice @AntonAstrey is at the vacuum cleaner. Apprendista Anton all’aspirapolvere,</i> by Sam Cristoforetti.

Performing delicate procedures in space: a zero-G haircut for New Year’s.

From Italian astronaut @AstroSamantha’s Twitter feed.

The process starts here, if you want to follow along.

This might seem a little trivial and flippant (and there’s plenty of laughing in the photos), but if people are going to live in space for long […]

Written By: grant on December 28, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Nest of the Honey-Wasp Attacked by Jaguar</i>, 1916

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From Marvels of Insect Life: A Popular Account of Structure and Habit, edited by Edward Step, found in the BioDiversity Library.

This is probably not exactly the book Dylan Thomas was thinking of (but it might have been) when he wrote about receiving gifts for Christmas including “books that told […]

Written By: grant on December 21, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Astronauts Clown Around In Space</i>

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In 1984, astronauts had to ride out in the Space Shuttle Discovery to retrieve two broken-down satellites, and decided to have a little fun with their mission.

I found this snapshot on NASA’s Marshall Image Exchange (MIX) galleries.

Written By: grant on December 14, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Fig 114 – July normal sea-level pressure, Southern Hemisphere</i>.

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Making the invisible visible – the air over the South Pole, Australia, Tierra del Fuego, Cape Town and beyond.

From General Meteorology (Published Formerly Under The Title Synoptic and Aeronautical Meteorology), 1944, by Horace Robert Byers, Sc.D. The first printing seems to have been in 1937, and the maps have a marvelous […]

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Written By: grant on December 7, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Age of Oceanic Crust</i>, NOAA, modified by Rapture2018.

This is how the the gooey inside becomes the crusty outside… oozing up from rifts.

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Written By: grant on November 30, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Fig 2: Lateral views of the skull and lower jaw… (etc.)</i>

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My son and I just spent the afternoon watching the charming Your Inner Fish series (his idea, not mine), and learned all kinds of fascinating things about the importance of jaws. They’re where our ears come from. Well, our sensitive, mammalian ears.

And that transformation started with critters like these – […]

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Written By: grant on November 23, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Text-fig. 5. – Model of electron paths</i>, 1946

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It looks like a wrought-iron finial for a curtain rod. It’s actually a demonstration of how electrons can be used as a lens – how an electron microscope make such small things visible.

Found in Introduction to the Electron Microscope by F.E.J. Ockenden, 1946.

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