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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Making a brain.

6 December 2007 grant b 0

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?

5 December 2007 grant b 0

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 […]

Robot Guitar.

4 December 2007 grant b 0

I’m not sure if this takes the fun out of weird intonations and un-well-temperedness, but Gibson is now selling an amazing guitar that Is. A. […]

Dry tobacco.

3 December 2007 grant b 0

Nature reports on a new strain of genetically modified drought-resistant tobacco. OK, so some people are probably thinking this sounds like the least healthy plant […]

Sunny smiles…

30 November 2007 grant b 0

…from a solar-powered toothbrush, of course. The invention, from University of Saskatchewan professor Kunio Komiyama and his colleague Dr. Gerry Uswak, uses electrons to replace […]

Winds of War

29 November 2007 grant b 2

UN Scientists looking at the weather have found that over the past 500 years, climate change has marched hand in hand with war, New Scientist […]

SONG: Across the Night

29 November 2007 grant b 0

SONG: “Across the Night” [Download] (To download: right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. Yes, me again. SOURCE: The post “Virtual Mars mission – 500 days […]

BIG bug.

28 November 2007 grant b 1

Arthropods are the creatures that have armor-like skin and jointed legs – the group that includes crawfish, scorpions, spiders and insects. The bugs. The largest […]

Unexpected dinosaurs.

27 November 2007 grant b 0

Despite being dead for, oh, 65 million years or so, dinosaurs still turn up in the darnedest places. Mainly museums, of course, but even there, […]