Science Art: What is that green gunk?, USGS/NASA, 2 Nov 2017

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The answer, from the US Geological Survey’s Facebook page, is an algal bloom in Lake Erie, as photographed by Landsat:

In late September, Earth-observing satellites documented a large algal bloom in Lake Erie, which coated much of the water with a bright green skin-like slime. This goo, called cyanobacteria, is made up of microorganisms similar to algae and bacteria. When excess nutrients build up in the lake, cyanobacteria multiply rapidly, creating harmful algal bloo…

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Science Art: V alambicchi, from Acta Eruditorum, 1740.

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Alembics (or alambics), used to distill and to purify. Where whiskey comes from, and all kinds of other chemistry.

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Science Art: 2014 Evolutionary Biology - Austrian 25 Euro, designed by Helmut Andexlinger.

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Money! Monkey money!

This is some currency art done in niobium and silver, honoring the discipline of evolutionary biology. I don’t think it has any *actual* DNA in it, or toucans, or even mushrooms, but they’re all there in the design, being related to us.

Precious and commonplace.

Photo by NobbiP, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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Science Art: Expedition 54 flight engineer Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), by NASA/GCTC/Andrey Shelepi, Dec. 17, 2017.

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More astronaut optimism, less everything else.

From the NASA Image HQ Flickr account:

Expedition 54 flight engineer Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) speaks with family and friends after having his Russian Sokol suits pressure checked ahead of the Soyuz launch to the International Space Station Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket will send Kanai, Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, and fl…

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SONG: Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons

SONG: “Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Popular Mechanics, 10 Jan 2018, “Incredible ‘Hypatia’ Stone Contains Compounds Not Found in the Solar System”, as used in the post
“Hypatia: A stone older than the solar system”
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ABSTRACT:
OK, this is really a spoken-word piece, and it’s done following the format of two separate kinds of things I’ve done in the past.

First thing, it’s a gushi, like the lyric I wrote for “The Waves Around the Women” – a syllable-counting po…

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Science Art: Sound Vibrations, 1892

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Seeing what we hear, in 1892. Did they have oscilloscopes in 1892? I don’t think they did. But they could visualize this.

At any rate, I found this via Nemfrog in Sound and Music by John Augustine Zahm.

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New Peking Man.

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Actually, he’d be a very, very old Peking Man indeed. Reuters recently carried a story about some very old bones found in China: An almost […]

Science Art: Jupiter’s Rings

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Click to embiggen. Photo by: the National Optical Astronomy Observatory/Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy/National Science Foundation, as well as Cornell astronomers J. Burns […]

Men meet obsolescence.

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Yep. The Environmental Graffiti blog (among other sources) is pointing out that, biologicially speaking, the testicle is on the way to joining the appendix. Men […]

Blue-eyed babies.

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Science Daily reveals that blue-eyed people really are special – they’re all related to each other: New research shows that people with blue eyes have […]

Memory on tap.

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The Daily Telegraph has a fascinating story about an accidental neurological discovery. While trying to “switch off” an obese man’s desire to overeat, neurologists using […]

Engineers of Jihad?

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EETimes.com, the online news magazine for electrical engineers, recently published a bizarre little musing in the form of a study linking electrical engineering aptitude with […]

Supersize Me.

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Science Daily reports on researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig who discovered that McDonald’s makes us supermen: The researchers fed laboratory mice one […]

Skin Rhythms.

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New Scientist stops the clock with timely news about skin. Apparently, skin is pretty deep – it’s somehow tied to the brain as part of […]

Health Magnet.

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LiveScience notices something odd that’ll have some hard-minded skeptics practicing their eyebrow raises. Medical magnets – one of the old staples of alternative medicine pseudoscience, […]