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.

from https://www.jsc.nasa.gov/history/mercury.htmClick to embiggen

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: Ptychogena Pinnulata, 1882.

from https://www.flickr.com/photos/biodivlibrary/36283302253/in/album-72157688740420735/ Click to embiggen
Jellyfish. Deep sea medusae. By Ernst Haeckel and A. Giltsch.

From Vol. 4, pt.11-13 of Report on the scientific results of the voyage of /i>H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76 under the command of Captain George S. Nares … and the late Captain Frank Tourle Thomson, R.N., published in 1882.

[via ScientificIllustration.Tumblr.com]

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Science Art: Tab X from Ueber den Pollen by Carl Julius Fritzsche, 1837.

From Pollen Up Close: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/pollen-up-close-1837/

Where plants come from. (And hay fever.) These are as seen through a pretty powerful microscope – magnified 500 times – and drawn by a German pharmacist and chemist living in St. Petersburg.

Unexpected geometries.

From the Public Domain Review.

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Science Art: NASA spacecraft comparison, by D. Meltzer.

from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_dayClick to embiggen vastly. You can see the astronauts’ faces!

“Here am I floating in a tin can,” indeed.

Here’s how much room some of the first humans in space – the first Americans, at least – had to live in. Going into the great emptiness of the celestial void sure was a crowded business.

Illustration of the relative sizes of the one-man Mercury spacecraft, the two-man Gemini spacecraft, and the three-man Apollo spacecraft. Also shows line drawing of launch vehicles (Saturn V, Titan…

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SONG: At 6 A.M.

SONG: “At 6 A.M.”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Nature, 17 Apr 2018, “Medicine’s secret ingredient — it’s in the timing”, as used in the post “Chronotherapy is the discipline of giving medicine according to your body clock”.

ABSTRACT:
The laugh, I gotta say first, really has nothing to do with the song per se. It’s just something I got from recording my daughter for the “Titanium” cover that I really like the sound of.

I wanted sounds I liked for this. Overdriven organ, hissy guitar, re…

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My Mechanical Mom

28 July 2007 grant b 0

From New Scientist comes news of the womb-on-a-chip: Fujii’s team has created a “lab on a chip” that is 2 millimetres across and 0.5 millimetres […]

The Amygdaloids

26 July 2007 grant b 0

From Salon comes assurance that we are not alone: All right, the occasion wasn’t a concert but a graduation ceremony for 10,000 students in the […]

Pleasure and placebo

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Nature plumbs the depths of one of the most mysterious processes in medicine. Researchers have found that the placebo effect – when “fake” medicine creates […]

The Noble Bonobo

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The New Yorker, of all publications, has a fascinating Ian Parker article on the natural history of the bonobo – the sexy primate that’s supposed […]

Ice Volcanoes of Charon!

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Nature brings new observations of Ice Volcanoes in Outer Space. Cook speculates that liquid water deep within Charon’s core is mixed with ammonia, which acts […]

SONG: A World Without Us.

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SONG: “A World Without Us” [Download] (To download: right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. I’m the guy who put this questionable site up on the […]

Schizophrenia in Paradise

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Science News reports on Trouble in Paradise – how feelings of “social defeat” could be responsible for triggering schizophrenia, which might explain why the otherwise […]

Weather in China

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On the one hand: China had more wars in cold weather Most of the armed conflicts in eastern China over the past 1,000 years were […]