Science Art: Lunated Nail-Tailed Kangaroo, 1863

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Not just a kangaroo, and not just a nail-tailed kangaroo. A lunated nail-tailed kangaroo. And a cute one, too. From John Gould’s The Mammals of Australia, 1863. Nowadays, Onychogalea lunata is called the crescent nail-tailed wallaby. I like to think they’re still cute, though.

I found the picture in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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Science Art: Pipes and playing-drum of a "Leierkasten" hand-drawn organ, by Rama

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This is a view of one of the automatic music-making devices collected by the Centre International de la Mécanique d’Art (CIMA), a Swiss museum of music boxes and automata. So, robots and machines that make art. Something people were making way before the first digital audio workstations came around.

I found the photo in the “Centre International de la Mécanique d’Art (CIMA)” category on Wikimedia Commons.

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Science Art: Detail from the bookplate of the English bibliographer, paleontologist and geologist Charles Davies Sherborn, 1890

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This image is from the Public Domain Review’s essay, “The Poetry of Victorian Science,” which is as much up this site’s alley as anything on the internet. It’s an engraving of paleontologist Charles Davies Sherborn‘s study done by his father (!), showing just how many books his son had near at hand… unsurprising, since the young scientist had written the one book that essentially created zoological nomenclature as we use it today. The Index Animalium fills 9,000 pages in 11 …

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Science Art: Stripping ESO 137-001, a Hubble/Chandra composite image of a spiral galaxy.

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From the Astronomy Picture of the Day description:

This image combines NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observations with data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. As well as the electric-blue ram-pressure stripping streaks seen emanating from ESO 137-001, a giant gas stream can be seen extending towards the bottom of the frame, only visible in the X-ray part of the spectrum.

The electric-blue portions are made from gas and dust stripped away from the galaxy by ram pres…

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SONG: Taste the Wind

SONG: “Taste the Wind”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Nature, 13 Aug 2018, “Spacecraft sets off to make humanity’s closest approach to the Sun”, as used in the post “Tasting the solar wind”.

I’ve been listening to a lot of BRONCHO this week, and I really like the way this came together.

Used basically the same toolkit as with the cover four days ago: ring modulator with distortion, super-similar drum loop (with less electronic-sounding drums), and the addition of a real bass a…

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SONG: Circuits in the Sand (penitential cover)

SONG: “Circuits in the Sand” (penitential cover)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: This has no scientific source; it’s a penitential cover for being late for last month’s song. It’s originally by King Tuff.

As far as I can tell, King Tuff’s The Other is a concept album about some kind of End Times street-corner preacher with maybe-not-so-paranoid delusions about the conspiracy that’s maybe-for-real controlling our minds through our smart phones. (See: the video for “Psycho Star,” and c…

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Sensitive Spice.

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Like it hot? Sure you do. Nature reveals how hot peppers can make anaesthetics work more potently – and more selectively – by “opening the […]


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Scientific American toasts the bountiful benefits of beer drinking as a brain booster: “There are human epidemiological data of others indicating that mild [to] moderate […]

Your printer is bad for you.

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That’s what Science Daily says. They’re reporting on the discovery by Lidia Morawska of the University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, that particles given off […]

It’s a costeroid!

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New Scientist talks about a… thing in space. It’s not an asteroid. It’s not a comet. It’s somehow both: It has been officially designated as […]

Vatican Astronomy

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Pope Benedict XVI is hosting the Vatican’s second astronomical conference in seven years, reports the BBC: Father Jose Funes, the head of the Vatican Observatory, […]

Songbirds see the way

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Nature unveils the unseen world of songbirds: They injected one tracer into the part of the forebrain known to be the only active area when […]