Science Art: Cylindrical Colonies: Interior view looking out through large windows, by Rick Guidice

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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).

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Science Art: Fall des Meteors am 9 Juni 1866, by Wilhelm Ritter von Haidinger

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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…

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Science Art: Marconi Photo-Cell for Transmitter from Television Optics, 1938.

Marconi Photo-Cell for Transmitter

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.”

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Science Art: Cross-Section of a Typical Volcano, from Minor Mining Encyclopedia

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What’s inside a Ukranian volcano. Or most volcanoes, wherever the are. From a Ukranian encyclopedia for Ukrainian miners (ISBN 966-7804-14-3).

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SONG: The Russian Cuckoo Reproduces in the Midnight Sun

SONG: “The Russian Cuckoo Reproduces in the Midnight Sun”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Popular Science, 7 May 2018, “Russian cuckoos are taking over Alaska”, as used in the post “Russian cuckoos are taking over Alaska”.

ABSTRACT:
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.

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Science Art: Mercury Spacecraft Main Instrument Panel, 1959.

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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.

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It’s an odd universe.

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That’s right. AP is reporting on an announcement from the American Astronomical Society that the universe is more violent and awe-inspiring than previously thought: The […]

You’re not real

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Dude. What if, like… …like, the WHOLE UNIVERSE was just… …like, made up, maaan? Like it was all VIRTUAL REALITY, man? (asks the latest New […]

Turn the Brain Back On

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ScienceDaily has news from researchers in Los Angeles who found that a single injection with a drug that’s already used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and […]

The Super-Soaker Engine

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Popular Mechanics sheds light on an inventor’s all-new approach to getting power from the sun: The Atlanta-based independent inventor of the Super Soaker squirt gun […]

Supernova Blues

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LiveScience reveals a new risk to our fragile, blue planet from exploding stars. It’s not that they’re likely to blast us all with life-destroying jets […]

Never Sleep Again.

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The Journal of Neuroscience is keeping us up at night with an article called “Systemic and Nasal Delivery of Orexin-A (Hypocretin-1) Reduces the Effects of […]

A Plague of Sea Lice

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Enough of this love for marine arthropods in which we’ve been indulging over recent weeks! New Scientist sets us straight with their revelations over a […]

Killer Bees.

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New Scientist reports on the latest weapon in the war on Colony Collapse Disorder, the syndrome that’s killing off thousands of beehives and potentially threatening […]

Broken wheel of discovery.

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PhysOrg reports on one of 2007’s most dramatic moments of serendipity, when Mars rover Spirit discovered evidence of life by breaking down. As the researchers […]

Bored Aliens.

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New Scientist reports on a problem facing the researchers with the SETI project. It’s not a technological issue, really. Intelligent alien civilizations are probably already […]

Cooking up intelligence.

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Scientific American interviews a primatologist – well, a biological anthropologist named Richard Wrangham – who believes humans evolved big brains because of cooking: Your theory […]