SONG: One of Our Submarines (a penitential Thomas Dolby cover)

SONG: “One of Our Submarines” (penitential cover)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: This has no scientific source; it’s a penitential cover for being late for the June song. It’s originally by Thomas Dolby.

ABSTRACT: I just can’t escape the 1980s, I guess.

I never liked dance music, as a kid, except when I liked dance music. By which I mean I didn’t really like songs that were meant to be danced to for the fact of their danciness – dance and clubs and jollity were basically anathema. But certa…

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Science Art: Partial Eclipse of the Moon by Étienne Léopold Trouvelot

https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-trouvelot-astronomical-drawings-1882/

Almost a crescent. A moon of the late 1800s.

An astronomical drawing from the French-born Harvard researcher who, as an entomologist (as well as an astronomer), unleashed the horribly invasive gypsy moth on North America’s unsuspecting forests. He was trying to make silk. Oops.

From The Public Domain Review collection Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings, 1882.

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Science Art: Fig. 353, Wessel's Gas Stove

From https://archive.org/stream/boysplaybookofsc00pepprich#page/366/mode/2up

How a young person can launch “any number of air balloons” without the risk of setting the neighbors’ corn ricks on fire – by using a gas stove with a chimney like this one.

I wonder how hard this would be to do nowadays. Looks like fun.

From The Boy’s Playbook of Science, published in 1869 and preserved on archive.org.

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SONG: Upside Down

SONG: “Upside Down”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Nature, 12 June 2018, “Africa’s majestic baobab trees are mysteriously dying”, as used in the post “The baobabs are dying”.

ABSTRACT:

I suppose it helps if you know that baobabs are also called “upside down trees.” (Is that common knowledge? I honestly don’t know.) The idea here is that, yes, looking at them, you feel a little dwarfed by them but also a little disoriented because they look like their roots are reaching up and their heads ar…

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Science Art: Helical Granum, by Kelvinsong

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Though it looks like postmodern architecture (Eero Saarinen, maybe?), this is actually inside your salad.

It’s a helical granum of a thylakoid stack, the part inside a plant cell – inside a chloroplast – where photosynthesis takes place. A thylakoid membrane forms a package inside which one thylakoid disk is stacked on top of another. The stack is called a granum. Some of them, like this one, make a kind of spring-like spiral… so not only do leaves fall in fall, but at…

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Science Art: Nitrogen with Secret Binary Robot (Brain Freeze Ice Cream Wallpaper Detail), editor's own work.

Brain Freeze Ice Cream Store Wallpaper DetailClick to embiggen

It’s hot here. Spent all day at a swim meet. Non-competitors not allowed in pool. There’s a chain now that makes ice cream using frozen nitrogen. Science art is a theme there. Ice cream tastes like ice cream. In the corner of the wall, there’s a tiny robot saying a secret message in binary. I couldn’t translate it. It’s kind of blurry in this snapshot.

The decor is delightful, though.

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SONG: Jaekelopterus!

23 December 2007 grant b 1

SONG: “Jaekelopterus!” [Download] (To download: right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. Dui, shi wo. (Oui, c’est moi.) SOURCE: ““Giant Claw Points to Monster Sea Scorpion”, […]

The Pale Blue Dot

22 December 2007 grant b 0

Found via Barbelith. More on the film is available at palebluefilms.com. Good Yule, fellow dot-fractions. Stay warm during this longest night.

Power from space.

20 December 2007 grant b 0

It’s nice to see this idea is still being kicked around – and taken more seriously now that oil prices are rising so dramatically. It […]

One word: Plastics.

19 December 2007 grant b 1

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.

18 December 2007 grant b 0

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.

17 December 2007 grant b 0

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

15 December 2007 grant b 0

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.

12 December 2007 grant b 0

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.

11 December 2007 grant b 0

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.

10 December 2007 grant b 0

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 […]