SONG: One of Our Submarines (a penitential Thomas Dolby cover)

SONG: “One of Our Submarines” (penitential cover)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: This has no scientific source; it’s a penitential cover for being late for the June song. It’s originally by Thomas Dolby.

ABSTRACT: I just can’t escape the 1980s, I guess.

I never liked dance music, as a kid, except when I liked dance music. By which I mean I didn’t really like songs that were meant to be danced to for the fact of their danciness – dance and clubs and jollity were basically anathema. But certa…

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Science Art: Partial Eclipse of the Moon by Étienne Léopold Trouvelot

https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-trouvelot-astronomical-drawings-1882/

Almost a crescent. A moon of the late 1800s.

An astronomical drawing from the French-born Harvard researcher who, as an entomologist (as well as an astronomer), unleashed the horribly invasive gypsy moth on North America’s unsuspecting forests. He was trying to make silk. Oops.

From The Public Domain Review collection Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings, 1882.

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Science Art: Fig. 353, Wessel's Gas Stove

From https://archive.org/stream/boysplaybookofsc00pepprich#page/366/mode/2up

How a young person can launch “any number of air balloons” without the risk of setting the neighbors’ corn ricks on fire – by using a gas stove with a chimney like this one.

I wonder how hard this would be to do nowadays. Looks like fun.

From The Boy’s Playbook of Science, published in 1869 and preserved on archive.org.

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SONG: Upside Down

SONG: “Upside Down”.

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SOURCE: Nature, 12 June 2018, “Africa’s majestic baobab trees are mysteriously dying”, as used in the post “The baobabs are dying”.

ABSTRACT:

I suppose it helps if you know that baobabs are also called “upside down trees.” (Is that common knowledge? I honestly don’t know.) The idea here is that, yes, looking at them, you feel a little dwarfed by them but also a little disoriented because they look like their roots are reaching up and their heads ar…

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Science Art: Helical Granum, by Kelvinsong

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Though it looks like postmodern architecture (Eero Saarinen, maybe?), this is actually inside your salad.

It’s a helical granum of a thylakoid stack, the part inside a plant cell – inside a chloroplast – where photosynthesis takes place. A thylakoid membrane forms a package inside which one thylakoid disk is stacked on top of another. The stack is called a granum. Some of them, like this one, make a kind of spring-like spiral… so not only do leaves fall in fall, but at…

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Science Art: Nitrogen with Secret Binary Robot (Brain Freeze Ice Cream Wallpaper Detail), editor's own work.

Brain Freeze Ice Cream Store Wallpaper DetailClick to embiggen

It’s hot here. Spent all day at a swim meet. Non-competitors not allowed in pool. There’s a chain now that makes ice cream using frozen nitrogen. Science art is a theme there. Ice cream tastes like ice cream. In the corner of the wall, there’s a tiny robot saying a secret message in binary. I couldn’t translate it. It’s kind of blurry in this snapshot.

The decor is delightful, though.

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Suffocated by bees!

21 September 2007 grant b 0

Snakes, as we know too well, come in two varieties: the venomous kind, which stick you full of poison, and the constricting kind, which smother […]

Nine tiny galaxies.

20 September 2007 grant b 0

Science Daily reports on astronomers making an atypically cute discovery. The Hubble Space Telescope has isolated nine new galaxies – the smallest galaxies ever observed: […]

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.

5 September 2007 grant b 0

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 […]