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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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.
Science Art: Expedition 54 flight engineer Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), by NASA/GCTC/Andrey Shelepi, Dec. 17, 2017.
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…
SONG: “Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons”.
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”.
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…
Schlieren texture of a liquid crystal nematic phase. What does that mean? This page will help explain.
In case you were wondering, gold atoms are cool.
Human anatomy explained as an allegory for astrology, or vice versa. From the collection of the Musée Condé, Chantilly, France.