I’m not really that much of an electronica fan – at least not danceable electronic music – but this video is kind of awesome.
I mean, it’s awesome even though I know a Tesla coil doesn’t really sound like that (it’s a lot gnarlier, but you can still play it like an instrument).
All the experiments are real, Stanford describes them all here (and lets on that the video was filmed before the music was written – they figured out which sounds made the best visuals with each experiment, an…
This is the earth under a stream inside a forest in Iowa, with all the trees and the water digitally removed. Or rather, with just the earth showing – thanks to the radar-like laser technology called lidar (for “LIght Detection And Ranging”).
Lidar is really good at showing what’s underneath all the stuff you can see on a normal camera or with your eyes. It’s been used by archaeologists to find lost cities, and by geologists like the U.S. Geological Survey folks who mad…
Science Art: Electricity: condenser jars, an electro-static generator, and a vase with flowers, c. 1850.
Click to embiggen.
A goache painting from the Wellcome Collection. A rather polite setting of research equipment with a bouquet. No idea whose, or what they were doing with it really. Other than admiring it.
[via Scientific Illustration]
SONG: “Picture on Your Phone”.
SOURCE: Science Direct, Vol. 27, Dec. 2018, “’Selfie’ harm: Effects on mood and body image in young women”, as used in the post Posting selfies damages your self-image.
So first I blew the last song’s deadline, then I wrote a thing that didn’t work, and then I spent a week laid up with a chest cold. Also, somewhere in there I developed a thing for The Beths, which made it very hard to write anything, because they are so good and…
This is an old, old fellow named Polydesmus. One of the first land animals there ever was.
From the image’s description on Wikimedia Commons:
Earth had been conquered 350 million years ago by the representatives of the arthropods, among which were the millipedes (Diplopoda) depicted on the picture. These ground-dwelling animals have a lot of segments with two pairs of legs on them. This individual is a member of a species of Polydesmus; it has a pair of defensive …
This is the insignia of the 254th Combat Communications Group, a unit that’s normally part of the Texas Air National Guard, but if federalized, becomes part of the Air Force Space Command. It’s been around since 1952 – that’s 10 years before the first Telstar communications satellite, and 8 years before Echo 1 bounced the first communication signals through space. Of course in 1952, this was called the 221st Radio Relay Squadron and operated out of Springfield, Ohio. It wasn’t until 1971 tha…
This chart shows the universe as understood in 1660 – a solar system with a giant Earth at its center.