Science Art: Sea Lamprey Larvae in Hand 2, by R. McDaniels, Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

R. McDaniels, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, via USGS
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Fans of Roderick on the Line may recognize these as living metaphors for modern marketing offers. But they’re invading the Great Lakes (literally) where they grow to adulthood and (literally) drain the blood of native fish.

On the other hand (not literally), aww! Cute baby animals!

According to the US Geological Survey, where I found this image, the slower they grow, they more likely these lampreys are to be male. No word on how that’ll help control their population….

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Science Art: Theorica Eclipsis Solaris, by Georg von Peurbach.

from https://archive.org/details/nouiciisadolfsce00sacr

This is a diagram of how a solar eclipse works, or at least how they thought one worked in the 14th century. It might be one of the very first illustrations of its kind. As explained by the book’s description in archive.org:

This book, which contains Sacro Bosco’s influential, 13th-century astronomy tract, along with works by Peurbach and Regiomontanus, is notable for its color illustrations. In particular, this edition, issued by Erhard Ratdolt in 1485, is considered to be the first …

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Science Art: Mummy Portrait of a Woman (73.AP.91), attributed to Malibu Painter.

From http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/7078/attributed-to-malibu-painter-mummy-portrait-romano-egyptian-75-100/
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The Malibu Painter, who probably painted this, was not active in California’s surf culture, but in Egypt around the time the first Christians started showing up. They were still making mummies, but they were part of the Roman Empire.

Archaeologists believe portraits like these were painted while the subjects were alive, displayed in their homes, then slipped into the wrappings of their mummified bodies after their death. They don’t know the name of the painters, but thin…

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Science Art: 1. Papilio Memnon? 2. Pap. Aeneas

from Foreign Butterflies: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/44242#/summary Click to embiggen

Butterflies of South Asia and Central and South America.

Pretty butterflies. Or, as James Duncan and Sir William Jardine called them, Foreign Butterflies.

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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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SONG: Beautiful (Have Another Plum)

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SONG: “Beautiful (Have Another Plum)” [Download] (To download: right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. SOURCE: “Baboon Birth Control” entry, from “Primates on the Pill”, New […]

Mira, The Tail Star

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We’ve been watching this thing for four centuries, and we only now noticed it had a tail, as Nature reports. A really long tail: Astronomers […]

Ancient germs reborn

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From New Scientist comes a fun story about prehistoric bacteria being brought back to life by meddling scientists: Kay Bidle of Rutgers University in New […]

I Want My UFO

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Moller International, a company that’s been trying to market flying cars for a long while now, has finally made its breakthrough, reports LiveScience: [I]t looks […]