Science Art: favorite image Petrus Plancius Instructing Students in the Science of Navigation, early 17th century

Scientific Illustration of an Early Modern or Late Renaissance class for exploration; how sailors got where they were going. Click to embiggen

The Age of Exploration included at least a little bit of schoolwork. Here are navigation students learning the ways of current and coastline. Their teacher, Petrus Plancius, was a cartographer and Calvinist minister who helped Henry Hudson explore what we now know as New York, helped set up the Dutch East India company, and created some of the first globes not of Earth but of the constellations visible overhead, including some seen only from the Southern Hemisphere.

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Science Art: Map IX: The Constellations of June and July by William Peck.

Scientific Illustration of a star map; the constellations of the summer monthsClick to embiggen
An image of the summer sky (in the Northern Hemisphere) by William Peck, F.R.A.S., from his book, The constellations and how to find them; 13 maps, showing the position of the constellations in the sky during each month of any year….

In 1887, this was a good way to learn about the sky. It hasn’t changed much since then, but we see a lot less because of all the electric streetlights and security lights and lights left on in our windows.

That smoky trail of the Milky Wa…

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Science Art: Mariner 10 issue of 1975, by Roy Gjerston

scientific illustration of Mariner 10 for a 10c stampClick to embiggen

Roy Gjerston was an artist who designed stamps for the US Postal Service and spaceship concept art for General Dynamics. So this stamp, commemorating the Mariner 10 probe to Venus and Mercury, falls right into the sweet spot between them.

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Science Art: Heart normal parasternal long axis echocardiography view by Patrick J. Lynch

scientific illustration of an echocardiogram.Click to embiggen
This is an image of an image of the heart – or at least an image of heart imaging. An echocardiogram done upward or downward from between the ribs beside the sternum. It’s shortened to a “PLAX” view, if you want to banter with yer cardiogram tech. You can read how they’re done here.

The picture was done for the the Yale University School of Medicine, Center for Advanced Instructional Media, by Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator and C. Carl Jaffe, MD, cardiologist.

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SONG: Bodiless

SONG: “Bodiless”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Vox, 17 April 2019, “Scientists: We kept pig brains alive 10 hours after death. Bioethicists: ‘Holy shit.’,” as used in the post “The pigs were dead for 10 hours, and then they weren’t: ‘The ethics of experimenting on partially reanimated brains is uncharted territory.’

ABSTRACT:
Up until two days ago, I didn’t think I’d have anything at all; this thing fell together pretty much all at once. I had been experimenting with shimmer reverb (um, ba…

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Science Art: Skylab Artist Concept, 1972

Scientific Illustration of NASA's Skylab Click to embiggen

A house in space, with a big carport. Spaceport. You get the idea.

From NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center:

This illustration Skylab shows the Apollo capsule, which was launched on a Saturn 1B rocket to ferry crews to space, docked to the multiple docking adapter, which was designed and built at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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Cloned Booger.

22 February 2008 grant b 0

BBC News reports on a new breakthrough from South Korea. A biotech firm named RNL Bio is cloning a pit bull named Booger: RNL Bio […]

A Flying Telescope!

21 February 2008 grant b 0

How I resisted calling this “Eye in the Sky” I don’t know. But yeah, Universe Today is all excited about SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared […]

Making Oil Out of Thin Air.

20 February 2008 grant b 2

That’s what they’re doing at Los Alamos National Laboratory, according to the New York Times. Zap CO2 and H2O from the atmosphere with electricity and […]

Star Wars Practice Run?

19 February 2008 grant b 0

So, Wired’s Danger Room has an interesting take on the Pentagon’s response to that crashing spy satellite we mentioned here not too long ago. See, […]

Sexbots. Better. Faster.

18 February 2008 grant b 2

From the AFP newswire, a new blossoming of interest in robots built for sex: Called Honeydolls, the lifesize figures are made from surgical-grade silicone and […]

Muons and Mayans.

15 February 2008 grant b 0

ScienceNews revels in the intersection of two very different fields of science, explaining how particle physicists are helping archeologists look inside pyramids: Besides probing pyramids […]

The Inner Life of a Cell.

14 February 2008 grant b 0

Happy Valentine’s Day. From deep inside my heart. If you want to know more about the strange imagery you’ve just seen, there’s a narrated version […]

Robots Evolve.

13 February 2008 grant b 0

Discover raises a further warning about the rapidly approaching obsolescence of humanity. We’ve now created robots that are evolving… and learning how to deceive: Dario […]

New Peking Man.

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Actually, he’d be a very, very old Peking Man indeed. Reuters recently carried a story about some very old bones found in China: An almost […]

Science Art: Jupiter’s Rings

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Click to embiggen. Photo by: the National Optical Astronomy Observatory/Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy/National Science Foundation, as well as Cornell astronomers J. Burns […]

Men meet obsolescence.

8 February 2008 grant b 0

Yep. The Environmental Graffiti blog (among other sources) is pointing out that, biologicially speaking, the testicle is on the way to joining the appendix. Men […]

Blue-eyed babies.

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Science Daily reveals that blue-eyed people really are special – they’re all related to each other: New research shows that people with blue eyes have […]

Memory on tap.

6 February 2008 grant b 1

The Daily Telegraph has a fascinating story about an accidental neurological discovery. While trying to “switch off” an obese man’s desire to overeat, neurologists using […]