Science Art: Ossicula Organi Auditus Diversorium Animalium (Aural-Organ Bones of Diverse Animals), by Athanasius Kircher
A close-up of the tiny ear-bones of a few kinds of animals, including human beings.
This is a detail of a page from Musurgia Universalis, which was the book of the month at the Glasgow University Library Special Collections Department for November 2002. A few centuries earlier, in 1650, it was a groundbreaking work by the Jesuit polymath, Father Athanasius Kircher.
He liked music, and was very, very curious about how listening happened.
This is a copepod, a critter related to the Spongebob character Plankton. It’s from a book called Histoire des monocles that came out in 1820. The scientist who wrote it, Louis Jurine, called the creatures he was writing about “monocles” because they had one eye. Unlike Plankton from Spongebob, this one-eyed microorganism didn’t live in the ocean, but in a pond near Geneva.
Louis was 60 at the time, which meant that gazing at these quick-moving guys through a microscope could get pretty …
A chart of the sky, showing how Ancient Romans measured time in the year 8 CE – meaning, what hora it was when the sun was at a specific point in the sky at the equinoxes and at the solstices.
Here’s how the creator describes what was going on:
The paths of the sun on the sky during equinoxes and solstices AD 8 at Forum Romanum 41.892426°N 12.485167°E, horizontal coordinate system. The numbers indicate Roman horae (hora prima, secunda, tertia etc.).
I’ve always had a thing for these guys – the frills are so, well, *frilly*. I don’t usually picture them looking quite so … of the dawn, I guess. Creatures of chiaroscuro.
Of course they were.
[via the Paleoart tumblog]
SONG: “2014 MU₆₉ (Approach Me)”.
SOURCE: Science News, 30 Dec 2018-1 Jan 2019, “Live updates: New Horizons’ flyby of a distant Kuiper Belt object,” as used in the post “A First Look at Ultima Thule.”
ABSTRACT: I tried to be less “programmatic” in this one – that is, I tried to avoid using sounds that “sound like space”. There is a bit in the first verse that uses that astronaut-vocals effect, because, well, with the word “blip” in the lyrics I really couldn’t help it. Bu…
Phoning home from the next world over.
This is how it looked half a century ago.
You can find more James Burns illustrations for the Apollo mission here.
[via Humanoid History]
The Guardian is featuring an incredible slideshow of the Wellcome Image Awards 2008. Go, look, be awed.