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Written By: grant on April 6, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Hubble Views Stellar Genesis in the Southern Pinwheel</i>

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This is a galaxy named M83, which is usually a faint smudge in the constellation Hydra. Up close, however, Hubble Space Telescope was able to see that it’s “ablaze with star formation.”

The image is also cool for another reason:

This image is being used to support a citizen science project titled STAR DATE: M83. [...]

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Written By: grant on March 30, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Portrait of John Kepler</i>, 1854

This is the face of the man who was ROBBED by the third episode of Cosmos. Planetary motion? Elliptical orbits? Not Newton’s ideas – this guy’s.

And the story of how he figured them out is pretty darn interesting. See, Kepler was a divinity student with a really fascinating theology….

This image comes from The Illustrated Magazine of [...]

Written By: grant on March 23, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Nebulae in the Pleiades</i>, by the Yerkes Observatory

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This is an old photograph taken through the largest refracting telescope (no mirrors, just a really big lens) in the world, the Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin.

Edwin Hubble, Albert Einstein and Carl Sagan all looked at the sky through the observatory’s huge lenses. This image was taken sometime before 1919, when it appeared in National Geographic [...]

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Written By: grant on March 16, 2014 No Comment
Science Art:<i>Bacterial morphology diagram</i>, by Mariana Ruiz

It could be the new collection of shower curtains and matching towels at Target. But no – pleasant though they may be to look at, these shapes make us feel bad.

Found on Wikimedia Commons.

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Written By: grant on March 9, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Surface of a Western honeybee’s eye</i>, by Janice Carr and Connie Flowers.

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Gaze into the eye of the bee, and the colony gazes into you. This is not honeycomb, but the individual components (ommatidia) of a bee’s compound eye.

Full credit here is by Janice Carr (photo credit) and Connie Flowers, Pamela Munn (content provider), found on Asknature.org.

Written By: grant on March 2, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>An X-class Solar Flare</i>, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

A scientific visualization from NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio, who have this to say about it:

An X-class solar flare erupted on the left side of the sun on the evening of Feb. 24, 2014. This composite image shows the sun in ultraviolet light with wavelength of both 131 and 171 Angstroms.

“X-class” means as powerful as solar flares get. [...]

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Written By: grant on February 24, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Cotylorhynchus</i>, by Nix

The Tumblr illustrator Nix is having a paleoart February, creating a new illustration of a non-dinosaur, non-pterosaur prehistoric creature every day of the month.

This is the seventh entry, a caseasaur named Cotylorhynchus. It might look like a salamander, but could weigh nearly 4,500 pounds and measured up to 20 feet long.

They ate plants, but nobody messed with [...]

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Written By: grant on February 16, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Life restoration of</i> Ischigualastia jenseni, by Smokeybjb

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Here’s a little (calf-sized being “little” here) fella from the Triassic period (the first of the three periods of dinosaur rule on Earth, a few million years before the Cretaceous said “buh-bye” to T. rex and the rest).

Ischigualastia wasn’t really a dinosaur, but a dicynodont, a “mammal-like reptile”.

This guy was drawn by [...]

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Written By: grant on February 9, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Occipital View of Skull of </i>Ovibos Moschatus, by W. West & Co., 1866

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This is a very old skull from a Stone Age mammal called Ovibos moschatus, as pictured in A monograph of the British pleistocene mammalia, a publication by W. Boyd Dawkins that’s more of an encyclopedia discussing various aurochs, mastodons and other critters who trundled across prehistoric Britain.

Ovibos moschatus is a musk ox.

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