Science Art: Plate C from The rotifera; or, Wheel-animalcules, both British and foreign, 1889

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Teeny tiny critters, hanging out in the water. They’ve got cilia in a circle, waving around their tops as if they were wheels, spinning.

A glimpse of the microscopic world from The rotifera; or, Wheel-animalcules, both British and foreign, by C.T. Hudson.

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Science Art: Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, by Landsat 8

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The USGS Earth Explorer program shared these before-and-after pictures of Puerto Rico. The main difference that’s visible from the Landsat 8 satellite after hurricanes Irma and Maria blasted through is in the vegetation. Lots of trees denuded of leaves or just plain knocked over – which means the patches of green visible from space in 2016 are more brown, after September 2017. I can’t tell if the patchiness on the lower right is all clouds or if some of that is sedime…

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Science Art: Puer Capite Elephantino.... from Gaspar Schott, 1662.


I was going to post something else here, but then I saw this on nemfrog this morning and had to share.

It’s the Elephant-Headed Boy (Puer Capite Elephantino) and the Horned Infant (Infans Cor Nutus Ore Patulo) from Gaspar Schott’s 12-volume Physica curiosa, sive, Mirabilia naturæ et artis, an encyclopedia listing “angelis, dæmonibus, hominibus, spectris, energumenis, monstris, portentis, animalibus, meteoris, &c. rara, arcana, curiosaq[ue] circumferuntur, ad veritatis trutinam expenduntu…

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SONG: Around This Mystery

SONG: “Around This Mystery”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses,” Quartz, 17 Sep 2017, as used in the post “The social life of octopuses.

This has been a rough couple of weeks – Hurricane Irma and an office move as well as all the stuff that goes on normally. And this, always, this. I came up with the kind of haunting little ukulele figure while decompressing on the couch and wondered what I’d do with it. Binary ast…

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Science Art: Chain Saw, US 1655856 A, Jan. 10, 1928.

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A patent for a device putting wood-cutting blades on a chain, so that people can cut down trees – or, in the wake of hurricanes, cut up ones that have fallen down.

Technically, this patent was merely an improvement on existing chainsaws, with better joints between the tooth-carrying links on the chain.

There’s a metaphor there.

The patent also calls it an “endless chain.”

There’s a metaphor there, too.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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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 […]