Science Art: PIA19048 realistic color Europa mosaic (from the Galileo mission).


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This is Jupiter’s watery (well, icy) moon Europa, as pieced together in realistic color from a bunch of photos taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in the 1990s.

It’s not necessarily super hospitable from a human perspective, but it’s one of the likeliest places in the solar system to find life we’d recognize.

There are oceans of H2O under that layer of ice….

Photo by NASA / Jet Propulsion Lab-Caltech / SETI Institute, found on Wikimedia Commons.

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Science Art: "De Motib. Stellae Martis" from Astronomia Nova aitiologetos, by Johannes Kepler, 1609.

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This is a diagram of how Mars appeared in the sky, as observed by Johannes Kepler (and his boss, Tycho Brahe). The question Kepler ultimately answered was why did a planet moving in what should be a perfect circle (’cause God don’t make no imperfections) have these weird moments where it seemed to go backwards. Kepler’s answer: they moved perfectly, but not in a circle. They moved in an ellipse, which was a holier shape because instead of having one center, it had two foci, …

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Science Art: Motion in Space, 1950

The solar system moving through space - https://archive.org/details/physicalsciences00ebyg .

We’re moving on a planet that’s moving around a sun that’s moving – that way.

Not a moment of stillness anywhere.

From The Physical Sciences, Revised Edition, which is filled with brilliant illustrations.

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Science Art: Head Frames, Figs. 3-6, from The Design of Mine Structures, 1912.

Types of Head Works for Mines: https://archive.org/details/designminestruc02ketcgoog

Types of head works for mines. These frames helped draw out the rocks that the miners were busy breaking up deep underground. At the time this book was published, many head frames were made of timber; these, based on working mines in Montana, were made of steel.

From The Design of Mine Structures.

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Science Art: Denisova Phalanx distalis

Replica of a Denisovan finger bone fragment, originally found in Denisova Cave in 2008, at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium.

A finger-bone from the other archaic humans – besides Neanderthals, there were Denisovans. And one of the fragments we know them from looked like this, found in a cave in what’s now Russia.

We put our own past together like a puzzle.

From the image’s page on Wikimedia Commons:

Replica of a Denisovan finger bone fragment, originally found in Denisova Cave in 2008, at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium.

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SONG: The Ring I Made For You (A Time-Crystal Canon)

SONG:The Ring I Made For You (A Time-Crystal Canon).”

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SOURCE:The quest to crystallize time,” Nature, 8 Mar 2017, as used in the post “
‘It’s still fricking weird’: Physicist on the creation of time crystals.

ABSTRACT:
First, any story that has writers unabashedly citing Doctor Who and physicists using the phrase “fricking weird” on the record – that’s a story worth a song. And then, you know, a quantum-sized perpetual-motion machine that’s made of dirty diamonds t…

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The future is now.

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Via Wired’s Danger Room comes news from the US Army’s Future Combat Systems. They need a new name because we’re already living in the future: […]

The 62-mile-high club

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Discover raises a slippery space question… as if NASA didn’t have enough scandal to deal with lately: When missions lasted no more than a few […]

My Mechanical Mom

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From New Scientist comes news of the womb-on-a-chip: Fujii’s team has created a “lab on a chip” that is 2 millimetres across and 0.5 millimetres […]

The Amygdaloids

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From Salon comes assurance that we are not alone: All right, the occasion wasn’t a concert but a graduation ceremony for 10,000 students in the […]

Pleasure and placebo

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Nature plumbs the depths of one of the most mysterious processes in medicine. Researchers have found that the placebo effect – when “fake” medicine creates […]

The Noble Bonobo

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The New Yorker, of all publications, has a fascinating Ian Parker article on the natural history of the bonobo – the sexy primate that’s supposed […]

Ice Volcanoes of Charon!

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Nature brings new observations of Ice Volcanoes in Outer Space. Cook speculates that liquid water deep within Charon’s core is mixed with ammonia, which acts […]

SONG: A World Without Us.

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SONG: “A World Without Us” [Download] (To download: right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. I’m the guy who put this questionable site up on the […]

Schizophrenia in Paradise

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Science News reports on Trouble in Paradise – how feelings of “social defeat” could be responsible for triggering schizophrenia, which might explain why the otherwise […]

Weather in China

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On the one hand: China had more wars in cold weather Most of the armed conflicts in eastern China over the past 1,000 years were […]