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”.

ARTIST: grant.

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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The future is now.

31 July 2007 grant b 0

Via Wired’s Danger Room comes news from the US Army’s Future Combat Systems. They need a new name because we’re already living in the future: […]

The 62-mile-high club

30 July 2007 grant b 0

Discover raises a slippery space question… as if NASA didn’t have enough scandal to deal with lately: When missions lasted no more than a few […]

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

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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.

23 July 2007 grant b 3

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

16 July 2007 grant b 0

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 […]