Science Art: Kircher’s fanciful design for a hydraulic organ, complete with dancing skeleton, from Musurgia Universalis, 1650.

from https://archive.org/stream/bub_gb_97xCAAAAcAAJ#page/n372/mode/1upClick to embiggen

A hydraulic organ from the 17th century, as commemorated by Athanasius Kircher. It has a robotic skeleton! And a waterwheel!

There are some more wondrous instruments in the German Jesuit polymath’s music book with the very long title, which I discovered through “Frolicsome Engines” on the Public Domain Review.

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SONG: "In Circles" (a penitential Einstürzende Neubauten cover)

SONG: “In Circles” (penitential cover)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: This has no scientific source; it’s a penitential cover for being late for the November song (which I still owe…). It’s originally by Einstürzende Neubauten.

ABSTRACT:
This is the first music thing I’ve done on my new old laptop. It’s a Lenovo Thinkpad T61 running Ubuntu Studio (I have moved up from Lubuntu, gods have mercy on my souls), and it seems to be going pretty darn swell for me. I could use a little more RAM, but …

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Science Art: Momma Oryctrodromeus stays in the burrow with her babies...., by Julio Lacerda

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I found this on the Scientific Illustration tumblr, and though it seems to have been used in an Earth Archives article with a morbid title, it originally came from the artist’s tumblog.

These critters were well preserved for millennia because they liked to hide underground… basically pre-burying themselves.

Maybe a lesson for our times?

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Science Art: Callorynchus antarctica, 1858.

from https://archive.org/stream/fishesfishingart00wrigrich#page/n5/mode/2up

An image that introduces Fishes and fishing : artificial breeding of fish, anatomy of their senses, their loves, passions, and intellects. With illustrative facts by William Wright.

One wouldn’t expect the 19th century researcher to be so concerned with the passions of those creatures outside Mammalia, but here you are. A loving, passionate, intellectual fish.

Technically, this is a kind of chimera called an elephantfish – a cousin of sharks and stingrays. But no doubt just as caring a…

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Science Art: Apollo 8 Earthrise, Christmas Eve 1968

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“Oh, my God! Look at that picture over there! Here’s the earth coming up. Wow, is that pretty!” –Commander Frank Borman, Apollo 8, December 24, 1968

This is from the first manned mission to the moon, which entered lunar orbit on this day in 1968.

More on that historic day – and the frankly religious awe it inspired in the astronauts – is here, on NASA’s Image of the Day gallery.

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SONG: Electronics Follow

SONG: “Electronics Follow”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical ‘Big Brother’,” The New York Times, 13 Nov 2017, as used in the post “FDA OKs putting tracking devices in schizophrenia pills. (Yes. They really did.)

ABSTRACT:
So I missed a month. This is a two-month song. It’s also a five-device, four-operating-system song – I had to migrate from machine to machine to get things done. The guitar and vocals were recorded on iPhone voice memo w…

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Gimme more sugar! MORE!

4 August 2007 grant b 0

Kevin Beck at ScienceBlogs shares some news published on PLoS by researchers from France’s University of Bordeaux, who found that sweet things can be more […]

Robo-Dog Soldiers

2 August 2007 grant b 0

Well, we knew about robot dogs and we’ve heard about robot soldiers – but unless you were paying close attention, you might not have heard […]

The future is now.

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Via Wired’s Danger Room comes news from the US Army’s Future Combat Systems. They need a new name because we’re already living in the future: […]

The 62-mile-high club

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Discover raises a slippery space question… as if NASA didn’t have enough scandal to deal with lately: When missions lasted no more than a few […]

My Mechanical Mom

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From New Scientist comes news of the womb-on-a-chip: Fujii’s team has created a “lab on a chip” that is 2 millimetres across and 0.5 millimetres […]

The Amygdaloids

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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

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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.

23 July 2007 grant b 3

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 […]