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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The Super-Soaker Engine

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Popular Mechanics sheds light on an inventor’s all-new approach to getting power from the sun: The Atlanta-based independent inventor of the Super Soaker squirt gun […]

Supernova Blues

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LiveScience reveals a new risk to our fragile, blue planet from exploding stars. It’s not that they’re likely to blast us all with life-destroying jets […]

Never Sleep Again.

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The Journal of Neuroscience is keeping us up at night with an article called “Systemic and Nasal Delivery of Orexin-A (Hypocretin-1) Reduces the Effects of […]

A Plague of Sea Lice

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Enough of this love for marine arthropods in which we’ve been indulging over recent weeks! New Scientist sets us straight with their revelations over a […]

Killer Bees.

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New Scientist reports on the latest weapon in the war on Colony Collapse Disorder, the syndrome that’s killing off thousands of beehives and potentially threatening […]

Broken wheel of discovery.

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PhysOrg reports on one of 2007’s most dramatic moments of serendipity, when Mars rover Spirit discovered evidence of life by breaking down. As the researchers […]

Bored Aliens.

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New Scientist reports on a problem facing the researchers with the SETI project. It’s not a technological issue, really. Intelligent alien civilizations are probably already […]

Cooking up intelligence.

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Scientific American interviews a primatologist – well, a biological anthropologist named Richard Wrangham – who believes humans evolved big brains because of cooking: Your theory […]

Quiet loudspeakers.

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LiveScience.com is spreading the word on speakers that don’t spread much of anything – except precisely where they’re pointed. Think of them as being like […]

Powered by toxic waste.

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LiveScience.com reports on a new power source from old coal mines – a device that makes electricity from seeping pools of toxic waste: The researchers […]