SONG: Titanium (penitential cover)

SONG: “Titanium” (penitential cover)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: This has no scientific source; it’s a penitential cover for being late for the February song. (I think I’m still one behind from November.) It’s originally by David Guetta, though people might know it best because Sia sang it.

This song should be squarely in the “unhip” bracket. It’s not quite old enough to be cool in a nostalgic retro way, and not quite new enough to have been in the top 40 in recent memory. Anythin…

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Science Art: Accipitres, Osprey, Goshawk, &c., 1889

Natural history of the animal kingdom for the use of young people Brighton :E. & J.B. Young and Co.,1889. to embiggen

Funny I should have found this image today, right after discussing Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk (a book bloody and wonderful, including cameos by Merlin Sylvestris, Sami shamans, heirloom apples, and Hermann Goering) with my wife.

Not so much because this picture has a goshawk in it – I went looking for pictures of Astur paluvibarus intentionally – but because it’s got one posed up front with an osprey. The discussion which I was having revolved around whether people …

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Science Art: With this electrolytic cell as little as a milligram of various heavy metals may be precisely determined, 1922

With this electrolytic cell as little as a milligram of various heavy metals may be precisely determined (from: By <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="">Internet Archive Book Images</a> - <a rel="nofollow" class="external free" href=""></a>Source book page: <a rel="nofollow" class="external free" href=""></a>, <a href="" title="No known copyright restrictions">No restrictions</a>, <a href="">Link</a>)Click to embiggen

Early electronics: a cell for isolating minute quantities of heavy metals, apparently by zapping a drop of a solution under a powerful microscope and seeing what’s left behind. (Though this looks more like a mechanism for getting droplets of heavy metals to rise into a pipette by heating and cooling the water underneath and getting the warmed solution to touch a copper wire inside the glass capillary – the slender tube coming off at an angle. Just a guess.)

Taken from The…

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Science Art: Australia's Largest Birds, from What Bird Is That? by Neville William Cayley.

from What Bird Is That? by Neville W. Cayley (1984), page 22. First published 1931.Click to embiggen

Big birds haven’t changed too much since 1931.

These are:

  1. Anseranas semipalmata
  2. Pelecanus conspicillatus
  3. Casuarius casuarius
  4. Cereopsis novaehollandiae
  5. Ardeotis australis
  6. Grus rubicunda
  7. Grus antigone
  8. Xenorhynchus asiaticus
  9. Cygnus atratus
  10. Dromaius novaehollandiae

And very grand they are, too.

Pelicans, cassowaries, black swans and emus. And a few friends (mostly geese).

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SONG: Let Them In (Voluntary Schistosomiasis)

SONG: “Let Them In (Voluntary Schistosomiasis)”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Science, 21 Feb 2018, “Seventeen volunteers let this worm live inside them to help defeat a dangerous disease”, as used in the post “So these folks infect themselves with this parasitic worm to figure out how to cure this disease…”.

Yes, this song is two days late, so I shall be covering a cover, probably horribly, sometime soon.

I had music sort of set up for this (more or less) a week ago, then coul…

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Science Art: The midnight sun, from Atlas zu Alex. V. Humboldt’s Kosmos, 1851.

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Polar bears salute the midnight sun as Arctic explorers sail to the horizon.

This image is part of a page of “Cosmic Meteorological Landscapes” that are all pretty fantastic.

Traugott Bromme made this atlas with (or as a supplement to) Alexander von Humboldt. Both were great wanderers – Bromme was from Leipzig, but in the mid-19th century wrote one of the first guidebooks to the United States, Canada, and Central America for Europeans (a favorite text for German immi…

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I don’t *feel* sexy….

26 September 2007 grant b 0

A study from the University of Guelph finds that men often feel “coerced” into sex because we’re subject to the myth of the massive libido. […]

SONG: An Awful Lot of Empty

23 September 2007 grant b 0

SONG: “An Awful Lot of Empty” [Download] (To download: right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. I’m the guy responsible for this questionable corner of the […]

The Bacterial Kinkmobile.

22 September 2007 grant b 0

New Scientist reports on a new way to propel nanomachines – using wiggly little germs as propulsion (or models for propulsion) because they’re kinky: The […]

Suffocated by bees!

21 September 2007 grant b 0

Snakes, as we know too well, come in two varieties: the venomous kind, which stick you full of poison, and the constricting kind, which smother […]

Nine tiny galaxies.

20 September 2007 grant b 0

Science Daily reports on astronomers making an atypically cute discovery. The Hubble Space Telescope has isolated nine new galaxies – the smallest galaxies ever observed: […]

Science Art: Albinus & Wandelaar

16 September 2007 grant b 0

Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani by anatomist Bernard Albinus and illustrator Jan Wandelaar, 1747. Apparently, the rhino’s name was Clara, and she was quite […]

Dying breeds.

14 September 2007 grant b 0

We’re in the middle of massive extinction event, warns SciDevNet – not of species, but of breeds. As in livestock. And that can be bigger […]