Science Art: Mercury Spacecraft Main Instrument Panel, 1959.

from https://www.jsc.nasa.gov/history/mercury.htmClick to embiggen

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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Science Art: Ptychogena Pinnulata, 1882.

from https://www.flickr.com/photos/biodivlibrary/36283302253/in/album-72157688740420735/ Click to embiggen
Jellyfish. Deep sea medusae. By Ernst Haeckel and A. Giltsch.

From Vol. 4, pt.11-13 of Report on the scientific results of the voyage of /i>H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76 under the command of Captain George S. Nares … and the late Captain Frank Tourle Thomson, R.N., published in 1882.

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Science Art: Tab X from Ueber den Pollen by Carl Julius Fritzsche, 1837.

From Pollen Up Close: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/pollen-up-close-1837/

Where plants come from. (And hay fever.) These are as seen through a pretty powerful microscope – magnified 500 times – and drawn by a German pharmacist and chemist living in St. Petersburg.

Unexpected geometries.

From the Public Domain Review.

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Science Art: NASA spacecraft comparison, by D. Meltzer.

from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_dayClick to embiggen vastly. You can see the astronauts’ faces!

“Here am I floating in a tin can,” indeed.

Here’s how much room some of the first humans in space – the first Americans, at least – had to live in. Going into the great emptiness of the celestial void sure was a crowded business.

Illustration of the relative sizes of the one-man Mercury spacecraft, the two-man Gemini spacecraft, and the three-man Apollo spacecraft. Also shows line drawing of launch vehicles (Saturn V, Titan…

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SONG: At 6 A.M.

SONG: “At 6 A.M.”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Nature, 17 Apr 2018, “Medicine’s secret ingredient — it’s in the timing”, as used in the post “Chronotherapy is the discipline of giving medicine according to your body clock”.

ABSTRACT:
The laugh, I gotta say first, really has nothing to do with the song per se. It’s just something I got from recording my daughter for the “Titanium” cover that I really like the sound of.

I wanted sounds I liked for this. Overdriven organ, hissy guitar, re…

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One word: Plastics.

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PopSci reports on why one man thinks the petroleum industry wants him dead. Frank Pringle has figured out a way to turn plastics back into […]

Go well, Voyager.

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Welcome to interstellar space. Nature reports that Voyager 2 has left the solar system. And, as NASA emphasizes, it did so while discovering our solar […]

Be nice. It’s in your DNA.

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Israeli researchers believe they’ve found a genetic basis for generosity, according to PhysOrg.com: Through an online task involving making a choice whether or not to […]

The Thummer

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Video game controllers are compact and efficient little things (although I always find the button-heavy X-box ones a little confusing to use). They’re also the […]

Endangered words.

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Natural History magazine sounds a warning for words. University of Michigan linguist Sarah Grey Thomason, a specialist in the Salish–Pend d’Oreille language of Montana’s Native […]

Dinosaur meat.

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Palaeontologists in North Dakota have found a first-of-a-kind duck-billed dinosaur fossil, the BBC reports, containing not just hadrosaur bones, but the remains of skin, ligaments […]

One chimp, two chimp.

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Science Daily continues to make me feel inadequate by pointing out that even chimpanzees are better at math: “There are still many people, including many […]

Making a brain.

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For a few years now, computer engineers have been building a virtual brain – using computers to replicate every neural connection in a mammal’s gray […]

Invisible? Or just empty?

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Nature recently revealed research that will please the nihilists among us, from astrophysicist Teppo Mattsson, who says that dark energy, the stuff that keeps the […]