SONG: Frozen Atmospheres

SONG: “Frozen Atmospheres”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:Record-shattering 2.7-million-year-old ice core reveals start of the ice ages,” Science, 15 Aug 2017, as used in the post “2.7 million-year-old ice shatters records, reveals ancient atmospheres – and ice ages.

ABSTRACT:
I kinda knew I would be writing about this when I read the story. I just had that image of tiny bubbles trapped under compressed ice for an unimaginable span of time – effervescence stopped in its tracks, lightness un…

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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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The Amygdaloids

26 July 2007 grant b 0

From Salon comes assurance that we are not alone: All right, the occasion wasn’t a concert but a graduation ceremony for 10,000 students in the […]

Pleasure and placebo

25 July 2007 grant b 0

Nature plumbs the depths of one of the most mysterious processes in medicine. Researchers have found that the placebo effect – when “fake” medicine creates […]

The Noble Bonobo

25 July 2007 grant b 0

The New Yorker, of all publications, has a fascinating Ian Parker article on the natural history of the bonobo – the sexy primate that’s supposed […]

Ice Volcanoes of Charon!

24 July 2007 grant b 0

Nature brings new observations of Ice Volcanoes in Outer Space. Cook speculates that liquid water deep within Charon’s core is mixed with ammonia, which acts […]

SONG: A World Without Us.

23 July 2007 grant b 3

SONG: “A World Without Us” [Download] (To download: right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. I’m the guy who put this questionable site up on the […]

Schizophrenia in Paradise

19 July 2007 grant b 0

Science News reports on Trouble in Paradise – how feelings of “social defeat” could be responsible for triggering schizophrenia, which might explain why the otherwise […]

Weather in China

16 July 2007 grant b 0

On the one hand: China had more wars in cold weather Most of the armed conflicts in eastern China over the past 1,000 years were […]