Science Art: Plate C from The rotifera; or, Wheel-animalcules, both British and foreign, 1889

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Teeny tiny critters, hanging out in the water. They’ve got cilia in a circle, waving around their tops as if they were wheels, spinning.

A glimpse of the microscopic world from The rotifera; or, Wheel-animalcules, both British and foreign, by C.T. Hudson.

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Science Art: Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, by Landsat 8

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The USGS Earth Explorer program shared these before-and-after pictures of Puerto Rico. The main difference that’s visible from the Landsat 8 satellite after hurricanes Irma and Maria blasted through is in the vegetation. Lots of trees denuded of leaves or just plain knocked over – which means the patches of green visible from space in 2016 are more brown, after September 2017. I can’t tell if the patchiness on the lower right is all clouds or if some of that is sedime…

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Science Art: Puer Capite Elephantino.... from Gaspar Schott, 1662.


I was going to post something else here, but then I saw this on nemfrog this morning and had to share.

It’s the Elephant-Headed Boy (Puer Capite Elephantino) and the Horned Infant (Infans Cor Nutus Ore Patulo) from Gaspar Schott’s 12-volume Physica curiosa, sive, Mirabilia naturæ et artis, an encyclopedia listing “angelis, dæmonibus, hominibus, spectris, energumenis, monstris, portentis, animalibus, meteoris, &c. rara, arcana, curiosaq[ue] circumferuntur, ad veritatis trutinam expenduntu…

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SONG: Around This Mystery

SONG: “Around This Mystery”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses,” Quartz, 17 Sep 2017, as used in the post “The social life of octopuses.

This has been a rough couple of weeks – Hurricane Irma and an office move as well as all the stuff that goes on normally. And this, always, this. I came up with the kind of haunting little ukulele figure while decompressing on the couch and wondered what I’d do with it. Binary ast…

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Science Art: Chain Saw, US 1655856 A, Jan. 10, 1928.

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A patent for a device putting wood-cutting blades on a chain, so that people can cut down trees – or, in the wake of hurricanes, cut up ones that have fallen down.

Technically, this patent was merely an improvement on existing chainsaws, with better joints between the tooth-carrying links on the chain.

There’s a metaphor there.

The patent also calls it an “endless chain.”

There’s a metaphor there, too.

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Robot Guitar.

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I’m not sure if this takes the fun out of weird intonations and un-well-temperedness, but Gibson is now selling an amazing guitar that Is. A. […]

Dry tobacco.

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Nature reports on a new strain of genetically modified drought-resistant tobacco. OK, so some people are probably thinking this sounds like the least healthy plant […]

Sunny smiles…

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…from a solar-powered toothbrush, of course. The invention, from University of Saskatchewan professor Kunio Komiyama and his colleague Dr. Gerry Uswak, uses electrons to replace […]

Winds of War

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UN Scientists looking at the weather have found that over the past 500 years, climate change has marched hand in hand with war, New Scientist […]

SONG: Across the Night

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SONG: “Across the Night” [Download] (To download: right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. Yes, me again. SOURCE: The post “Virtual Mars mission – 500 days […]

BIG bug.

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Arthropods are the creatures that have armor-like skin and jointed legs – the group that includes crawfish, scorpions, spiders and insects. The bugs. The largest […]

Unexpected dinosaurs.

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Despite being dead for, oh, 65 million years or so, dinosaurs still turn up in the darnedest places. Mainly museums, of course, but even there, […]

Dvorak on the Matryomin.

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In America, the Thanksgiving holiday starts today (more or less). To celebrate, The Guild of Scientific Troubadours will be reveling in the gorgeous sounds of […]