Science Art: Some User Assembly Required, NASA "Mars Explorers Wanted" collection.

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A poster recruiting colonists to Mars. A bit early, sure, but it can’t hurt to be ready.

Though I wonder how welding would really work in a low-oxygen atmosphere. I’m sure they’ve got that all figured out. (Is it all arc welding?)

Part of a set of posters in the Mars Explorers Wanted collection.

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SONG: Nine Dangshen Flowers

SONG: “Nine Dangshen Flowers”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:China’s quantum satellite achieves ‘spooky action’ at record distance,” Science, 15 Jun 2017, as used in the post “Here’s your sub-space radio: China gets quantum entanglement to work from orbit.

Spooky action at a distance, as it’s been explained to me, is a thing where you can’t really know if you’re the one making the difference in your half of the photon pair, or if your partner observed their half first and you’re …

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Science Art: Top view of ribbon diagram of ribonuclease inhibitor (PDB accession code 2BNH).

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Ooo! Everyone loves a party!

This is a protein, though, not a party decoration. The full title of this image (or, really, description) is “Top view of ribbon diagram of ribonuclease inhibitor (PDB accession code 2BNH). Made with MOLMOL.”

MOLMOL is a piece of software – you can find it here, in fact – that lets you study molecules after learning their structure using a kind of spectroscope called an NMR (for “nuclear magnetic resonance”) spectroscope. Feed the NMR data in…

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Science Art: Medlar, Poppy Anenome, Pear by Hoefnagel and Bocskay, 1561-2.

Wildflower and fruit, from two 16th-century Europeans.

More specifically:

Medlar, Poppy Anenome, Pear ( 1561 – 1562 ).

Watercolour, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment by Joris Hoefnagel (Flemish / Hungarian, 1542 – 1600) and Georg Bocskay (Hungarian, died 1575).

Image and text courtesy The Getty.

I guess if you’re going to use gold and silver to paint with, you make sure it’s right.

Hoefnagel (who as far as I can tell was just Flemish, not Hungarian) is also kn…

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Science Art: Cassini’s view of Jupiter’s southern hemisphere, 2014

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So much depends on perspective.

Image from the European Space Agency – taken by Cassini on its way to Saturn, and doing a little prep work, a little early investigating, for the upcoming JUICE mission.

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Science Art: Corpus of Prehistoric Pottery: Polished Red - p. 1-22

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Silhouettes of polished redware from the Ancient Egyptian (or, really, older than Ancient Egyptian) Naqada culture. That’s about 5,500 years old, a mere century or two before the very first written records anywhere.

Something about this presentation (from W. Petrie’s Corpus of Prehistoric Pottery and Palettes, published in 1921) really reminds me of 1970s wallpaper. The geometry of handmade shapes.

You can see some of the actual redware pottery here and here, and sha…

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SONG: An Awful Lot of Empty

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SONG: “An Awful Lot of Empty” [Download] (To download: right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. I’m the guy responsible for this questionable corner of the […]

The Bacterial Kinkmobile.

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New Scientist reports on a new way to propel nanomachines – using wiggly little germs as propulsion (or models for propulsion) because they’re kinky: The […]

Suffocated by bees!

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Snakes, as we know too well, come in two varieties: the venomous kind, which stick you full of poison, and the constricting kind, which smother […]

Nine tiny galaxies.

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Science Daily reports on astronomers making an atypically cute discovery. The Hubble Space Telescope has isolated nine new galaxies – the smallest galaxies ever observed: […]

Science Art: Albinus & Wandelaar

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Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani by anatomist Bernard Albinus and illustrator Jan Wandelaar, 1747. Apparently, the rhino’s name was Clara, and she was quite […]

Dying breeds.

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We’re in the middle of massive extinction event, warns SciDevNet – not of species, but of breeds. As in livestock. And that can be bigger […]

Xenomorphs on the reef.

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Oh, man. Nature gives us another reason to be terrified of moray eels. They’re just like the alien that stalked Sigourney Weaver: Like the fearsome […]