SONG: I Had A Fever

SONG: “I Had A Fever”.

ARTIST: grant.

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?

ABSTRACT:
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…

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Science Art: Torpille Moderne/Torpille Ancienne from Dreadnought ou submersible by Olivier Guihéneuc, 1916

from https://archive.org/details/dreadnoughtousub00guihuoftClick to embiggen

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.

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Science Art: Dinotherium, by Heinrich Harder,1916.

by Heinrich Harder, 1916Click to embiggen

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 …

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Science Art: The Edison Multipolar Dynamo, 1894

The Edison Multipolar Dynamo, from 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.Click to embiggen

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.

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

from https://mars.nasa.gov/multimedia/resources/mars-posters-explorers-wanted/Click to embiggen vastly

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.

ABSTRACT:
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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I don’t *feel* sexy….

26 September 2007 grant b 0

A study from the University of Guelph finds that men often feel “coerced” into sex because we’re subject to the myth of the massive libido. […]

SONG: An Awful Lot of Empty

23 September 2007 grant b 0

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.

22 September 2007 grant b 0

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!

21 September 2007 grant b 0

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

16 September 2007 grant b 0

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.

14 September 2007 grant b 0

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 […]