Science Art: Bearing Fault Detector, 1975

MSFC led us to safter railwaysClick to embiggen
NASA wants you to know they’re pretty handy here on Earth, too. This here shows a way to make trains and other things that use big, strong bearings safer, by using tricks we learned on Skylab. Before it crashed.

As they explain:

Marhsall Space Flight Center’s scientists have developed a detection concept based on the fact that bearing defects excite resonant frequency of rolling elements of the bearing as they impact the defect. By detecting resonant frequency and sub…

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Science Art: A View From A Launch, by NASA/Joel Kowsky

The Soyuz MS-08 rocket is launched with Expedition 55 Soyuz Commander Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos and flight engineers Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel of NASA, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Artemyev, Arnold, and Feustel will spend the next five months living and working aboard the International Space Station. Click to embiggen

This is the bus that takes the astronauts to work at the space station. It’s a long commute for a longer shift – they took two days to orbit Earth before getting into position, and then they’ll spend five months up there.

The Soyuz MS-08 rocket launched with Expedition 55 Soyuz Commander Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos and astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel of NASA, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

From the NASA Image of the Day

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Science Art: Growth of Egg of Hen, c. 16th century.

Growth of Egg of Hen, from De formatione ovi, et pulli / [Fabricius ab Aquapendente]

From De formatione ovi, et pulli, by Fabricius ab Aquapendente, also known as Hieronymus Fabricius or Girolamo Fabrizio d’Acquapendente. He was an Italian surgeon who helped found modern embryology at around the same time the first English colonies in North America were still just an idea, and cutting-edge transportation technology consisted of figuring out a way to stick another sail or two on a ship.

I found these eggs hidden in the Wellcome Library.

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Science Art: Kerr-Flaechen.gif (Ergospheres, Event horizons and the ring singularity of a rotating black hole.)

from: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kerr-Flaechen.gif

This is an animated gif showing a ring singularity or “ringularity” of a spinning black hole. A black hole that doesn’t spin will collapse into a point; a spinning black hole (also called a “Kerr black hole” after the mathematician who described it) will bulge at the equator and create something weird: a ring with zero thickness but a non-zero radius. It’s big in one direction, but not there in another.

The center of gravity will appear to be different depending on where an observer is r…

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SONG: Titanium (penitential cover)

SONG: “Titanium” (penitential cover)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: This has no scientific source; it’s a penitential cover for being late for the February song. (I think I’m still one behind from November.) It’s originally by David Guetta, though people might know it best because Sia sang it.

ABSTRACT:
This song should be squarely in the “unhip” bracket. It’s not quite old enough to be cool in a nostalgic retro way, and not quite new enough to have been in the top 40 in recent memory. Anythin…

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Science Art: Accipitres, Osprey, Goshawk, &c., 1889

Natural history of the animal kingdom for the use of young people Brighton :E. & J.B. Young and Co.,1889. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/91187Click to embiggen

Funny I should have found this image today, right after discussing Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk (a book bloody and wonderful, including cameos by Merlin Sylvestris, Sami shamans, heirloom apples, and Hermann Goering) with my wife.

Not so much because this picture has a goshawk in it – I went looking for pictures of Astur paluvibarus intentionally – but because it’s got one posed up front with an osprey. The discussion which I was having revolved around whether people …

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Sexbots. Better. Faster.

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From the AFP newswire, a new blossoming of interest in robots built for sex: Called Honeydolls, the lifesize figures are made from surgical-grade silicone and […]

Muons and Mayans.

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ScienceNews revels in the intersection of two very different fields of science, explaining how particle physicists are helping archeologists look inside pyramids: Besides probing pyramids […]

The Inner Life of a Cell.

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Happy Valentine’s Day. From deep inside my heart. If you want to know more about the strange imagery you’ve just seen, there’s a narrated version […]

Robots Evolve.

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Discover raises a further warning about the rapidly approaching obsolescence of humanity. We’ve now created robots that are evolving… and learning how to deceive: Dario […]

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 […]