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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…
Science Art: Kircher’s fanciful design for a hydraulic organ, complete with dancing skeleton, from Musurgia Universalis, 1650.
A hydraulic organ from the 17th century, as commemorated by Athanasius Kircher. It has a robotic skeleton! And a waterwheel!
…even when taught online by some of the world’s top universities. Maybe I can finally get chemistry to make sense.
Hexagonal dendrite snowflake as captured by the Electron Microscopy Unit of the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.