Science Art: Plate C from The rotifera; or, Wheel-animalcules, both British and foreign, 1889

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Teeny tiny critters, hanging out in the water. They’ve got cilia in a circle, waving around their tops as if they were wheels, spinning.

A glimpse of the microscopic world from The rotifera; or, Wheel-animalcules, both British and foreign, by C.T. Hudson.

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Science Art: Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, by Landsat 8

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The USGS Earth Explorer program shared these before-and-after pictures of Puerto Rico. The main difference that’s visible from the Landsat 8 satellite after hurricanes Irma and Maria blasted through is in the vegetation. Lots of trees denuded of leaves or just plain knocked over – which means the patches of green visible from space in 2016 are more brown, after September 2017. I can’t tell if the patchiness on the lower right is all clouds or if some of that is sedime…

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Science Art: Puer Capite Elephantino.... from Gaspar Schott, 1662.


I was going to post something else here, but then I saw this on nemfrog this morning and had to share.

It’s the Elephant-Headed Boy (Puer Capite Elephantino) and the Horned Infant (Infans Cor Nutus Ore Patulo) from Gaspar Schott’s 12-volume Physica curiosa, sive, Mirabilia naturæ et artis, an encyclopedia listing “angelis, dæmonibus, hominibus, spectris, energumenis, monstris, portentis, animalibus, meteoris, &c. rara, arcana, curiosaq[ue] circumferuntur, ad veritatis trutinam expenduntu…

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SONG: Around This Mystery

SONG: “Around This Mystery”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses,” Quartz, 17 Sep 2017, as used in the post “The social life of octopuses.

This has been a rough couple of weeks – Hurricane Irma and an office move as well as all the stuff that goes on normally. And this, always, this. I came up with the kind of haunting little ukulele figure while decompressing on the couch and wondered what I’d do with it. Binary ast…

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Science Art: Chain Saw, US 1655856 A, Jan. 10, 1928.

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A patent for a device putting wood-cutting blades on a chain, so that people can cut down trees – or, in the wake of hurricanes, cut up ones that have fallen down.

Technically, this patent was merely an improvement on existing chainsaws, with better joints between the tooth-carrying links on the chain.

There’s a metaphor there.

The patent also calls it an “endless chain.”

There’s a metaphor there, too.

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I don’t *feel* sexy….

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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 […]

Xenomorphs on the reef.

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Oh, man. Nature gives us another reason to be terrified of moray eels. They’re just like the alien that stalked Sigourney Weaver: Like the fearsome […]