Science Art: Reconstruction on paper of Tyrannosaurus rex, from Bulletin of the AMNH, 1905 (Linda Hall Library).

Scientific illustration of T rex, named by HF Osborn, discovered by Barnum Brown, drawn by WD Matthews. Big dinosaur! Little arms.Click to embiggen

From the Linda Hall Library “Scientist of the Day” entry on Henry Fairfield Osborn:

Osborn named and described some of the most famous dinosaurs in the world, including Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptor, Ornitholestes, Struthiominus, and Oviraptor. Oddly, Osborn did not discover any of these dinosaurs. In the “old days” (the 1820s), dinosaurs such as Iguanodon and Megalosaurus were named and described by their finders, but by the late 19th century, paleontology had become a …

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Science Art: Weather Delay, by Ferdinand Warren

A scientific illustration as a fine-art painting by Ferdinand Warren, found at the Smithsonian here: https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/weather-delayClick to embiggen

From the Smithsonian Institutes’ National Air and Space Museum “Eyewitness to Space” collection, paintings from the years when NASA had fine artists capture the technology taking humans into space:

Working together, James Dean, a young artist employed by the NASA Public Affairs office, and Dr. H. Lester Cooke, curator of paintings at the National Gallery of Art, created a program that dispatched artists to NASA facilities with an invitation to paint whatever interested…

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Science Art: Coronal plasma on an ionization tube in operation, by BentaxGermany, 2013

Scientific illustration - well, a photograph, really - of plasma forming around a vacuum tube, by BentaxGermanyClick to embiggen vastly
If it looks like a miniature sun, maybe that’s because on one level it is – it’s creating plasma, which surrounds it like a corona around the sun. This plasma is being generated by an electrical current, of course, and not a vast fusion reaction in space.

You can read more about what’s going on in this page on how ionization tubes work in an electric circuit. They’re related to neon lights – fill what would be a vacuum tube up with a particular gas, and an electric …

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Science Art: Galileo's Moon Phases, 1616.

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Galileo drew pictures of the moon – pictures that included imperfections on the surface. The moon, he observed, had texture. Hills and valleys. Craters. Dimensionality.

This was controversial at the time; if heavenly bodies couldn’t lead us to greater perfection, what could?

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Science Art: Perspective view of the sky..., from "Refraction by Ice Crystals" in Instructions to Marine Meteorological Observers, 1938.

scientific illustration of the sky, a perspective view of effects from ice crystals for meteological observersClick to embiggen

These are the optical effects you have to be aware of if you’re going to describe the sky when ice-filled cirrus clouds are overhead. Ice crystals refract sunlight differently than water droplets, and you get these curves and halos which a trained meteorologist (of the 1930s) had to be able to record accurately.

It’s from a U.S. Weather Bureau manual for meteorologists that I found in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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The Inner Life of a Cell.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

Engineers of Jihad?

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EETimes.com, the online news magazine for electrical engineers, recently published a bizarre little musing in the form of a study linking electrical engineering aptitude with […]

Supersize Me.

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Science Daily reports on researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig who discovered that McDonald’s makes us supermen: The researchers fed laboratory mice one […]

Skin Rhythms.

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New Scientist stops the clock with timely news about skin. Apparently, skin is pretty deep – it’s somehow tied to the brain as part of […]