Science Art: Taf. II: Palephyra indica, Atorella subglobosa, Sanderia malayensis, 1902.

Scienitific illustration of jellyfish from the 1800s, the Valdivia ExpeditionClick to embiggen

These are from Die acraspeden Medusen der deutschen Tiefsee-Expedition: 1898-1899, the first of two volumes on jellyfish written by Ernst Vanhöffen, a jellyfish scholar who was thrilled to be on the Valdivia Expedition.

As the Biodiversity Heritage Library describes it:

The expedition covered over 32,000 nautical miles, visited 268 stations around the West Coast of South Africa, the Gulf of Guinea, the Antarctic Sea, and a large portion of the Indian Ocean, and colle…

Read more

Science Art: Optical projection tomography: OPT analysis of Smoc1 expression in wild-type E9.5 mouse embryo, 2011

This is a video of a mouse, not yet born, already has some issues specifically “Waardenburg-Anophthalmia Syndrome.” It’s originally from a PLOS genetics paper, but I found it on Wikimedia Commons, while trying to figure out what exactly Optical Projection Tomography really was (basically using visual light to study things “sectionally,” I guess – it must be really bright light, I suppose).

Read more

Science Art: Ophir Chasma, ESP_062483_1755, by the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory HiRise.

A stereoscopic image of Mars. Or half of a stereo image, at least.Click to embiggen vastly

This is half of a stereoscopic image of the surface of Mars. The other half is here, if you want to line them up, one in each eye, and see the Chasma in all its depth and glory. This is a Martian canyon named after the biblical land where Solomon sent a mission that returned with gold.

I found this via the USGS Astrogeology Planetary Photogrammetry Lab, although the LPL is a University of Arizona project.

Read more

SONG: Under Orion's Arms

SONG: “Under Orion’s Arms”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:, 3 January 2020, “Will Bright Star Betelgeuse Finally Explode? A Look at the Dimming Red Giant in Orion’s Shoulder,” as used in the post “So Orion’s shoulder might be about to explode.

ABSTRACT: I’ve been binge-watching Twin Peaks: The Return over the last month. I guess this is what happens.

Had the organ down, like, after Episode 12. The guitars (so many guitars) followed in short order, with the main, Richard-Hawley m…

Read more

Science Art: Quasi-Poloidal Stellarator (QPS), 2007

Scientific illustration of a fusion reactor, more efficient (and smaller) than a tokamakClick to embiggen

This is a fusion reactor that was never built, a small power plant that takes the principles of a tokamak (use super-heated plasma to generate more power than you put into heating and containing the plasma) and adds different magnetic fields running in different directins to keep the hot stuff inside the donut-shaped body of the thing. A donut shape is technically a “torus,” and “toroidal” means in a circle that follows the shape of the donut. “Poloidal” means in a ring arou…

Read more

A City Older than Moses.

21 April 2008 grant b 0

EurasiaNet reports on archaeologist Klaus Schmidt’s excavation of Gobekli Tepe, a 12,000-year-old city that could rewrite human history: “Everybody used to think only complex, hierarchical […]

A Lighter Shade of Wallpaper.

18 April 2008 grant b 0 brightens our day with the story of a Dutch designer who has created illuminated wallpaper. Delving deeper, Samson revealed that the wallpaper is constructed […]

In the Spirit of Ham.

16 April 2008 grant b 0

BBC reports on a Russia’s new generation of space monkeys being trained for Mars: “People and monkeys have approximately identical sensitivity to small and large […]

Cellphone Planet.

15 April 2008 grant b 0

New York Times gives us a new (well, new-ish) perspective on cellular phones – as a revolutionary technology for eliminating global poverty.. or for making […]

The Boy-Crab Boogie.

14 April 2008 grant b 0

New Scientist rocks like a crustacean with a new report on crab courtship dances: In the dense submarine thickets of seagrass that blue crabs (Callinectes […]

The Creativity Disease.

11 April 2008 grant b 0

New York Times profiles a bizarre ailment that has me wondering how one could contract it halfway. It’s a syndrome that causes uncontrolled creativity: In […]

Grow Your Own Teeth.

8 April 2008 grant b 0

Wired opens wide and spits out a story on a dental breakthrough. If you happen to have lost any of your teeth (ahem), you don’t […]

Big Brains? So What.

4 April 2008 grant b 0

Discover reviews a new book that proves Devo was right – big brains aren’t an evolutionary advantage. The book, called Big Brains, looks at the […]