Science Art: Neuron Matrix, by Nicolas P. Rougier

Scientific illustration of a neuron, a brain cell, being electrifying. By Nicolas P. RougierClick to embiggen slightly

A nerve, an electric cell, a node in a network.

A place and size where electricity meets chemistry inside our bodies. This appears to be an illustration of synapses communicating (sending out chemicals/electrical signals) drawn over a scanning-electron microscope image. Can’t say for sure – there’s no info on Wikimedia Commons other than the name and the author.

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Science Art: UCF Space Game football uniform, 2019

Scientific illustration as football uniform: the UCF Space Game 2019 uniformClick to embiggen vastly

UCF, the University of Central Florida, is the university closest to the Kennedy Space Center, and has a rivalry with the *other* space-launch city, Houston, that’s played out annually in the “Space Game.”

For this year, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that put the first human being on the moon, the Knights unveiled a new “Space Game” uniform with a heck of a lot of symbolism. I first saw the uniform when someone in my Twitter feed liked the way the…

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Science Art: Major John Wesley Powell's Boat, the Emma Dean, 1871.

A scientific illustration - a photograph, really - of John Wesley Powell's boat, used to explore the Grand Canyon and the American West in 1871Click to embiggen

Major John Wesley Powell was a soldier and explorer, a geologist and a professor who led the first government expedition down the Grand Canyon – traveling part of the way in this boat, the Emma Dean.

The boat was named for his wife, who he married while on leave from the army in the middle of the Civil War. After his wedding, he returned to battle, lost part of his right arm, got a promotion, and studied the rocks in the trenches of Gettysburg.

The war ended, he went …

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SONG: "Multicellular"

SONG: “Multicellular”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Science News, 17 October 2019, “Acrobatic choanoflagellates could help explain how multicellularity evolved,” as used in the post “How we became multicellular.

ABSTRACT:
An African kwela-blues song about single-celled organisms, like, hooking up: I might have hit peak nerd here. It all fell together really well… but for the fact that this laptop just doesn’t want to get clean audio off my mixer. I really need a USB input.

For the gu…

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Science Art: The normal conduction system of the heart, by Rob Kreuger.

Scientific illustration of human anatomy; The normal conduction system of the heart, by Rob Kreuger

Just looking at heart pictures. No reason.

Nice when they work right.

Image from Wikimedia Commons.

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Music Brain.

21 March 2008 grant b 0

Science News rhapsodizes over Johns Hopkins research into what happens in musicians’ brains that makes the music happen: “What we think is happening is that […]

Long life. Little women.

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New Scientist reports on geneticists who might have isolated the specific genes for longevity: [T]he [Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University] team… identified […]

Is it the munchies?

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Medicinenet has a real downer of a report, dude. Stoners are more likely to contract severe gum disease: After controlling for other risk factors for […]

Light from Salmon what???

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Endgadget is freaking out over a joint University of Cincinnati/Air Force breakthrough creating an environmentally friendly light source, called BioLEDs, out of salmon sperm: The […]

15 Tiny Pictures.

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The Guardian is featuring an incredible slideshow of the Wellcome Image Awards 2008. Go, look, be awed.

Catepillars Remember.

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More poetry from New Scientist, reporting on Georgetown University research into the memory of butterflies: Seventy-eight percent of the caterpillars that were shocked directly after […]

It’s Full of Holes.

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Discover reports on a new bicycle frame that’s stronger than titanium, steel, carbon composites or aluminum. It’s lighter, too – because it’s full of holes: […]

Eat Whale?

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The Reuters Environment Desk had a doozy of a story recently on how Norwegian lobbyists want us to eat whale to save the planet: The […]