Science Art: What is that green gunk?, USGS/NASA, 2 Nov 2017

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The answer, from the US Geological Survey’s Facebook page, is an algal bloom in Lake Erie, as photographed by Landsat:

In late September, Earth-observing satellites documented a large algal bloom in Lake Erie, which coated much of the water with a bright green skin-like slime. This goo, called cyanobacteria, is made up of microorganisms similar to algae and bacteria. When excess nutrients build up in the lake, cyanobacteria multiply rapidly, creating harmful algal bloo…

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Science Art: V alambicchi, from Acta Eruditorum, 1740.

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Alembics (or alambics), used to distill and to purify. Where whiskey comes from, and all kinds of other chemistry.

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Science Art: 2014 Evolutionary Biology - Austrian 25 Euro, designed by Helmut Andexlinger.

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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.

Photo by NobbiP, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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Science Art: Expedition 54 flight engineer Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), by NASA/GCTC/Andrey Shelepi, Dec. 17, 2017.

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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…

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SONG: Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons

SONG: “Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons”.

ARTIST: grant.

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”
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ABSTRACT:
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…

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Science Art: Sound Vibrations, 1892

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Seeing what we hear, in 1892. Did they have oscilloscopes in 1892? I don’t think they did. But they could visualize this.

At any rate, I found this via Nemfrog in Sound and Music by John Augustine Zahm.

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Giggle-bot is FRIEND!

13 November 2007 grant b 0

Yep, scientists at UC San Diego seem to have found a way around the uncanny valley problem (the more “human” a robot, the creepier it […]

“See” cucumbers.

9 November 2007 grant b 0

OK, sorry for that headline. New Scientist reports that a University of South Florida researcher has found a way to replace human corneas with sea […]

Sins of the father?

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Scientific American reports on another look at the origins of violent behavior in children… and rather than blaming food additives, junk TV or general social […]

Old, stinky sex.

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With plants! New Scientist reports on a sordid study of the pulsing, fetid origins of life as scientists plunge into an ancient plant’s hot, stinky […]

The Happy Brain.

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New Scientist discusses a joyous discovery inside our skulls – the bits of the brain responsible for optimism: Elizabeth Phelps at the New York University, […]