Science Art: What is that green gunk?, USGS/NASA, 2 Nov 2017

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The answer, from the US Geological Survey’s Facebook page, is an algal bloom in Lake Erie, as photographed by Landsat:

In late September, Earth-observing satellites documented a large algal bloom in Lake Erie, which coated much of the water with a bright green skin-like slime. This goo, called cyanobacteria, is made up of microorganisms similar to algae and bacteria. When excess nutrients build up in the lake, cyanobacteria multiply rapidly, creating harmful algal bloo…

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Science Art: V alambicchi, from Acta Eruditorum, 1740.

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Alembics (or alambics), used to distill and to purify. Where whiskey comes from, and all kinds of other chemistry.

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Science Art: 2014 Evolutionary Biology - Austrian 25 Euro, designed by Helmut Andexlinger.

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Money! Monkey money!

This is some currency art done in niobium and silver, honoring the discipline of evolutionary biology. I don’t think it has any *actual* DNA in it, or toucans, or even mushrooms, but they’re all there in the design, being related to us.

Precious and commonplace.

Photo by NobbiP, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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Science Art: Expedition 54 flight engineer Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), by NASA/GCTC/Andrey Shelepi, Dec. 17, 2017.

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More astronaut optimism, less everything else.

From the NASA Image HQ Flickr account:

Expedition 54 flight engineer Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) speaks with family and friends after having his Russian Sokol suits pressure checked ahead of the Soyuz launch to the International Space Station Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket will send Kanai, Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, and fl…

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SONG: Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons

SONG: “Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Popular Mechanics, 10 Jan 2018, “Incredible ‘Hypatia’ Stone Contains Compounds Not Found in the Solar System”, as used in the post
“Hypatia: A stone older than the solar system”
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ABSTRACT:
OK, this is really a spoken-word piece, and it’s done following the format of two separate kinds of things I’ve done in the past.

First thing, it’s a gushi, like the lyric I wrote for “The Waves Around the Women” – a syllable-counting po…

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Science Art: Sound Vibrations, 1892

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Seeing what we hear, in 1892. Did they have oscilloscopes in 1892? I don’t think they did. But they could visualize this.

At any rate, I found this via Nemfrog in Sound and Music by John Augustine Zahm.

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Robo-Dog Soldiers

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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.

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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 […]

Schizophrenia in Paradise

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Science News reports on Trouble in Paradise – how feelings of “social defeat” could be responsible for triggering schizophrenia, which might explain why the otherwise […]