An image from an 1868 book, On the Disposition of Iron in Variegated Strata, which was the subject of a collection in the Public Domain Review.
The geometry of this geology is marvelous. I think I want all the book’s color plates as ceramic tiles.
A secret body around our visible body, from the 1600s. A subtle anatomy. Planetary correspondences. This is where we get the idea of organ systems from, really. Trying to find the correspondences between the things we can’t see.
Well, I made it through Dorian just fine this week. Some islands less than 100 miles to the east didn’t.
This is not that Category 5 storm. This was apparently uploaded on December 10, 2018 and taken sometime before then. To my non-expert eye, it seems too large and fuzzy to be a major hurricane – that’s Category 3 and above. But any one of these named storms can be bad news. The geometry is compelling … at a safe distance, please.
This image is from the NOAA Photo…
Science Art: Trigla Hirundo, Lin., from Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs (A Natural History of the Animal Kingdom)
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It’s not a flying fish, but something called a “sapphirine gurnard,” which is unusual not because it flies, but because it walks along the bottom using little finger-like fins that aren’t really visible in this painting but that look something like this.
This image came from the fifth, fishy volume of Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs, by Georg Heinrich Borowski, a late-18th-century naturalist, illustrated by D.F. Sotzmann.
The whole book is available on Bi…
Sure, I listen to an episode of Omnibus! here and there, and the latest was on the oddly half-forgotten project that was Biosphere 2.
I mainly remember Biosphere 2 as the place where Roy Walford carried out his extreme-low-calorie lifespan-extending diet experiments on human subjects once the system started to break down. That didn’t really come up on the podcast, but they did mention lots of other science that came out of the self-contained ecosystem, ranging from coral …
SONG: “Built on Sand”.
OK, so, finally, and once again at the last minute, a song! From a computer! That works! It was a little weird – I sort of inherited this computer that had been unused for four years, tried to recover data from the hard drive for a friend, and then replaced a couple of parts and brought the thing back to life. And then, when I…
Click to embiggen vastly A beetle of character. From Wikimedia Commons.