Science Art: Cylindrical Colonies: Interior view looking out through large windows, by Rick Guidice

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Over a million people could live here, in a double-cylinder colony in space.

From the NASA Ames Research Center’s concepts of future space colonies (as imagined in the 1970s).

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Science Art: Fall des Meteors am 9 Juni 1866, by Wilhelm Ritter von Haidinger

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Wilhelm Ritter von Haidinger was an Austrian mineralogist who during his career helped mining engineers dig better mines and looked at rocks that looked like other rocks – he specialized in “pseudomorphosis,” when one mineral takes on the aspect of another. In his retirement, von Haidinger studied meteorites, and painted what happened when a giant rock blazed across the sky and broke apart above the Ukrainian city of Knyahinya. Around 500 kilograms – about half a ton – of sp…

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Science Art: Marconi Photo-Cell for Transmitter from Television Optics, 1938.

Marconi Photo-Cell for Transmitter

Embryonic television. I like how this device has an almost Lovecraftian vibe, as if sending moving pictures was a thing that involved mystical processes. What’s in the box, man?

From LM Myers’ Television Optics, a book from the 1930s that includes descriptions of things like “opto-mechanical scanning devices.”

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Science Art: Cross-Section of a Typical Volcano, from Minor Mining Encyclopedia

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What’s inside a Ukranian volcano. Or most volcanoes, wherever the are. From a Ukranian encyclopedia for Ukrainian miners (ISBN 966-7804-14-3).

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SONG: The Russian Cuckoo Reproduces in the Midnight Sun

SONG: “The Russian Cuckoo Reproduces in the Midnight Sun”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Popular Science, 7 May 2018, “Russian cuckoos are taking over Alaska”, as used in the post “Russian cuckoos are taking over Alaska”.

ABSTRACT:
First, yes, I’ll come out and say that this is as much about the cuckoos in Alaska as the botfarms on Twitter, or vice versa. I’ll also say that I regret not working some reference to climate change into the bridge. Maybe the lyrics needed a little warmth.

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Science Art: Mercury Spacecraft Main Instrument Panel, 1959.

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Just in case you have to drive one of these, now you know where the controls are.

I like that there’s a dial labeled “Time To Go.”

Found at the NASA Johnson Space Center History Portal’s Mercury diagrams archive.

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Science Art: Albinus & Wandelaar

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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.

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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 […]

Xenomorphs on the reef.

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Oh, man. Nature gives us another reason to be terrified of moray eels. They’re just like the alien that stalked Sigourney Weaver: Like the fearsome […]

The Hygiene Hypothesis

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We’re too clean, reports Science Daily. We need to get dirty to stay healthy: Families with three or more children – a more common family […]

There’s a hole…

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By now, you’ve probably heard about the gaping hole in the middle of everything, as covered by Scientific American (from Reuters): The team at the […]

Ice-9 saves lives!

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Or, well, something like Ice-9. At least, so says New Scientist: Layers of ice of few nanometres thick can remain frozen at human body temperature […]

No more batteries.

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Check out what Scientific American has to say about these gizmos called “ultracapacitors” that could soon fuel cars without gasoline… and without chemical batteries: Ultracapacitors […]

Stowaway Genes

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Science Daily reports on some very strange behavior found in bacterial DNA – one parasite’s entire genome is replicated by the host’s body. And, the […]