SONG: “I Had A Fever”.
SOURCE:Can Microbes Encourage Altruism?,” Scientific American, 17 Jul 2017, as used in the post “Does kindness come from germs? Are the better angels of our nature really a contagious infection?”
This was another one of those nightmare zero-budget scenarios, where the charger for my 12-year-old laptop stopped working, so I quickly tried to record things on the 15-year-old computer we use as a TV streaming box (with Ubuntu) and, that ba…
Science Art: Torpille Moderne/Torpille Ancienne from Dreadnought ou submersible by Olivier Guihéneuc, 1916
Two torpedoes, modern (as of 1916) and ancient. That’s about the limit of my French. The book is about naval warfare, and was published while World War I was going on, and at a time when submarines were still kind of science-fictiony. Actually, they still kind of are, aren’t they?
I guess these torpedoes are how a submersible would attack a dreadnought.
Dreadnought ou Submersible is available to read on archive.org, if your French is better than mine.
This is a fairly speculative reconstruction of an elephant-relative we really only know from footprints (or so says Wikimedia Commons, who are probably on the money here). The ears, lips and trunk might be off. Or they might not be. There were other critters who we know looked a lot like this, a few thousand millennia ago.
Nowadays, we call this a deinotherium (with the “e”) and we think it looked more like this.
This painting was part of a set of trading cards made …
A big electric machine, as pictured in The United States of America. A study of the American Commonwealth, its natural resources, people, industries, manufactures, commerce, and its work in literature, science, education and self-government.
I found it in the British Library.
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.
SONG: “Nine Dangshen Flowers”.
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 …