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Over a million people could live here, in a double-cylinder colony in space.
From the NASA Ames Research Center’s concepts of future space colonies (as imagined in the 1970s).
Wilhelm Ritter von Haidinger was an Austrian mineralogist who during his career helped mining engineers dig better mines and looked at rocks that looked like other rocks – he specialized in “pseudomorphosis,” when one mineral takes on the aspect of another. In his retirement, von Haidinger studied meteorites, and painted what happened when a giant rock blazed across the sky and broke apart above the Ukrainian city of Knyahinya. Around 500 kilograms – about half a ton – of sp…
Embryonic television. I like how this device has an almost Lovecraftian vibe, as if sending moving pictures was a thing that involved mystical processes. What’s in the box, man?
From LM Myers’ Television Optics, a book from the 1930s that includes descriptions of things like “opto-mechanical scanning devices.”
What’s inside a Ukranian volcano. Or most volcanoes, wherever the are. From a Ukranian encyclopedia for Ukrainian miners (ISBN 966-7804-14-3).
First, yes, I’ll come out and say that this is as much about the cuckoos in Alaska as the botfarms on Twitter, or vice versa. I’ll also say that I regret not working some reference to climate change into the bridge. Maybe the lyrics needed a little warmth.
Just in case you have to drive one of these, now you know where the controls are.
I like that there’s a dial labeled “Time To Go.”
Found at the NASA Johnson Space Center History Portal’s Mercury diagrams archive.
Schlieren texture of a liquid crystal nematic phase. What does that mean? This page will help explain.
In case you were wondering, gold atoms are cool.
Human anatomy explained as an allegory for astrology, or vice versa. From the collection of the Musée Condé, Chantilly, France.
A common dragonfly as seen in an uncommon way by Wikimedia Commons user "Aka."