Science Art: PIA19048 realistic color Europa mosaic (from the Galileo mission).

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This is Jupiter’s watery (well, icy) moon Europa, as pieced together in realistic color from a bunch of photos taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in the 1990s.

It’s not necessarily super hospitable from a human perspective, but it’s one of the likeliest places in the solar system to find life we’d recognize.

There are oceans of H2O under that layer of ice….

Photo by NASA / Jet Propulsion Lab-Caltech / SETI Institute, found on Wikimedia Commons.

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Science Art: "De Motib. Stellae Martis" from Astronomia Nova aitiologetos, by Johannes Kepler, 1609.

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This is a diagram of how Mars appeared in the sky, as observed by Johannes Kepler (and his boss, Tycho Brahe). The question Kepler ultimately answered was why did a planet moving in what should be a perfect circle (’cause God don’t make no imperfections) have these weird moments where it seemed to go backwards. Kepler’s answer: they moved perfectly, but not in a circle. They moved in an ellipse, which was a holier shape because instead of having one center, it had two foci, …

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Science Art: Motion in Space, 1950

The solar system moving through space - .

We’re moving on a planet that’s moving around a sun that’s moving – that way.

Not a moment of stillness anywhere.

From The Physical Sciences, Revised Edition, which is filled with brilliant illustrations.

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Science Art: Head Frames, Figs. 3-6, from The Design of Mine Structures, 1912.

Types of Head Works for Mines:

Types of head works for mines. These frames helped draw out the rocks that the miners were busy breaking up deep underground. At the time this book was published, many head frames were made of timber; these, based on working mines in Montana, were made of steel.

From The Design of Mine Structures.

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Science Art: Denisova Phalanx distalis

Replica of a Denisovan finger bone fragment, originally found in Denisova Cave in 2008, at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium.

A finger-bone from the other archaic humans – besides Neanderthals, there were Denisovans. And one of the fragments we know them from looked like this, found in a cave in what’s now Russia.

We put our own past together like a puzzle.

From the image’s page on Wikimedia Commons:

Replica of a Denisovan finger bone fragment, originally found in Denisova Cave in 2008, at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium.

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SONG: The Ring I Made For You (A Time-Crystal Canon)

SONG:The Ring I Made For You (A Time-Crystal Canon).”

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SOURCE:The quest to crystallize time,” Nature, 8 Mar 2017, as used in the post “
‘It’s still fricking weird’: Physicist on the creation of time crystals.

First, any story that has writers unabashedly citing Doctor Who and physicists using the phrase “fricking weird” on the record – that’s a story worth a song. And then, you know, a quantum-sized perpetual-motion machine that’s made of dirty diamonds t…

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Ancient germs reborn

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From New Scientist comes a fun story about prehistoric bacteria being brought back to life by meddling scientists: Kay Bidle of Rutgers University in New […]

I Want My UFO

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Moller International, a company that’s been trying to market flying cars for a long while now, has finally made its breakthrough, reports LiveScience: [I]t looks […]

Science Tattoos

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Some researchers wear their subjects of study underneath their sleeves. I quite like the octopus….

Nerdcore soldiers on

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Via the MC Hawking blog comes word of the irresistible, meteoric rise of nerdcore, as declared by the New York Times last Sunday: Many nerdcore […]

Sleep Eaters

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Discover lifts the veil on unusual nocturnal behavior – the phenomenon of sleep eating: Except for the trail of crumbs and gooey messes that confront […]


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New Scientist on the dawn of the Humortron 3000: Now Julia Taylor and Lawrence Mazlack of the University of Cincinnati in Ohio have built a […]

Gimme more sugar! MORE!

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Kevin Beck at ScienceBlogs shares some news published on PLoS by researchers from France’s University of Bordeaux, who found that sweet things can be more […]

Robo-Dog Soldiers

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Well, we knew about robot dogs and we’ve heard about robot soldiers – but unless you were paying close attention, you might not have heard […]

The future is now.

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Via Wired’s Danger Room comes news from the US Army’s Future Combat Systems. They need a new name because we’re already living in the future: […]