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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Science Art: Plate XIV (Cosmarium species from Desmids of the United States....

Scientific illustration of desmids (algae)

Single-celled algae, magnified 500 times.

They float in ponds and stream banks. I found them in the Biodiversity Heritage Library, in the Rev. Francis Wolle’s 1884 book Desmids of the United States and list of American pediastrums : with eleven hundred illustrations on fifty-three colored plates .

They look a lot better up close, don’t they?

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One word: Plastics.

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PopSci reports on why one man thinks the petroleum industry wants him dead. Frank Pringle has figured out a way to turn plastics back into […]

Go well, Voyager.

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Welcome to interstellar space. Nature reports that Voyager 2 has left the solar system. And, as NASA emphasizes, it did so while discovering our solar […]

Be nice. It’s in your DNA.

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Israeli researchers believe they’ve found a genetic basis for generosity, according to PhysOrg.com: Through an online task involving making a choice whether or not to […]

The Thummer

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Video game controllers are compact and efficient little things (although I always find the button-heavy X-box ones a little confusing to use). They’re also the […]

Endangered words.

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Natural History magazine sounds a warning for words. University of Michigan linguist Sarah Grey Thomason, a specialist in the Salish–Pend d’Oreille language of Montana’s Native […]

Dinosaur meat.

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Palaeontologists in North Dakota have found a first-of-a-kind duck-billed dinosaur fossil, the BBC reports, containing not just hadrosaur bones, but the remains of skin, ligaments […]

One chimp, two chimp.

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Science Daily continues to make me feel inadequate by pointing out that even chimpanzees are better at math: “There are still many people, including many […]

Making a brain.

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For a few years now, computer engineers have been building a virtual brain – using computers to replicate every neural connection in a mammal’s gray […]

Invisible? Or just empty?

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Nature recently revealed research that will please the nihilists among us, from astrophysicist Teppo Mattsson, who says that dark energy, the stuff that keeps the […]