Science Art: Demo-2 Launch: Setting Forth on a Historic Journey by NASA/Bill Ingalls

Scientific illustration of a Falcon 9 rocket launch, carrying the Dragon capsule with astronauts to the International Space Station, by NASA/Bill IngallsClick to embiggen

A photo with maybe a little optimism.

From NASA’s Image of the Day gallery description:

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft launched from Launch Complex 39A on NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard, at 3:22 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Demo-2 mission is the first launch with astronauts of the…

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Dinosaur cannibals.

Popular Science makes some of the most terrifying creatures of prehistory even more terrifying with reconstructed evidence that flesh-eating dinosaurs got hungry enough to eat each other’s bones:

The researchers also found that fossils collected from the Mygatt-Moore Quarry, which lies near the border between Colorado and Utah and dates back to around 150 million years ago, bore an unusually high number of bite marks. This may mean that Allosaurus and its neighbors were living under diffic…

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Science Art: Cephalopodes: Pl. III, 1889.

Scientific illustration of octopuses from an expedition by Prince Albert I of Monaco, a keen oceanographer and biologist.Click to embiggen

Prince Albert I of Monaco was really into marine life, and used the royal yacht as a scientific research vessel.

Here, from the description on The Artful Gene’s tumblog:

Illustrations from the voyages on the yacht of prince Albert I of Monaco (1848-1922). Albert was a keen oceanographer and owned four different research ships, which he used for his expeditions to survey the waters of the world. The prince would bring scientists on board and travel with them collectin…

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SONG: In the Ring

SONG: “In the Ring”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Scientific American, 4 May 2020, “A Shiny Snack Bag’s Reflections Can Reconstruct the Room around It,” as used in the post “How your snack bags can give you away.

ABSTRACT:
I really like the music to this song, especially the way the two electric guitars talk to each other during the solo/outro. This is actually the third (maybe fourth) piece of music I tried for this month’s song. At one point, it was going to be spoken word about bat res…

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Science Art: Devonian Marine Organisms, by Aleksandra Arkhipova, 2015

scientific illustration of prehistoric shellfish and a trilobite. Click to embiggen vastly
From the “Scientific Illustration” collection on Wikimedia Commons, where this image of trilobites and prehistoric shellfish has the following in-depth description:

The Devonian period is often considered to be the “Age of Fish” due to appearance of the first ray-finned and lobe-finned bony fish, but this illustration focuses on the diversity of marine organisms such as trilobites and brachiopods, even though most of them became extinct at the end of the Devonian pe…

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Science Art: Albumasar De magnis coniunctionibus, 1515

Scientific illustration of astronomical equiment in the Renaissance.Click to embiggen

Ja’far ibn Muḥammad Abū Ma’shar wrote a book – and published it in Venice. It was the place to be, and to see the sky, in the 1500s. He was famous. A star of stars.

Image from the British Museum.

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Large Hadron Rap

4 September 2008 grant b 0

Yes, the LHC is exciting. I own that. But is it *this* exciting? That’s a bunch of particle physicists (I think) dancing inside the LHC […]

Baby Talk 101.

2 September 2008 grant b 0

Keep it simple, short and repetitive! That’s what an international team of neurological researchers covered in PhysOrg.com found when they scanned infants’ brains while saying, […]

The iPhone girl.

29 August 2008 grant b 0

This isn’t research as much as social observation, but have you heard about the iPhone girl? I noticed her story on reddit but she’s popping […]

Unplugged.

27 August 2008 grant b 0

So, the BBC is talking about one of Nikola Tesla’s dreams (he of the AC current and the plasma ball) coming true in an Intel […]

Hello, Poindexter.

26 August 2008 grant b 0

You may or may not have noticed a new link in the “fellow travellers” area down there on the right. It’s to Hello, Poindexter!, the […]

SONG: When the Lights Go Out.

23 August 2008 grant b 0

SONG: “When the Lights Go Out.” [Download] (To download: double right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. SOURCE: “Sleep-deprived brains alternate between normal activity and ‘power […]

Bad choices and birth control.

22 August 2008 grant b 0

LiveScience makes clear that sometimes, contraception isn’t the best decision. Or, well, doesn’t help you make the best decisions… because birth control pills befuddle women’s […]

*More* spouses?

20 August 2008 grant b 2

New Scientist has just given me stress-induced palpitations with their finding that the more wives, the longer-lived the man: After accounting for socioeconomic differences, men […]