Science Art: Lower Bagshot Clays, Nr. Wareham, 1868

Scientific Illustration of a geological sample, from On the Disposition of Iron in Variegated Strata, an image of iron in clay.

An image from an 1868 book, On the Disposition of Iron in Variegated Strata, which was the subject of a collection in the Public Domain Review.

The geometry of this geology is marvelous. I think I want all the book’s color plates as ceramic tiles.

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Science Art: From Theosophia Practica, by Johann Georg Gichtel, 1696

Scientific Illustration by Johann Georg Gichtel, of the human body - an alchemical viewClick to embiggen

A secret body around our visible body, from the 1600s. A subtle anatomy. Planetary correspondences. This is where we get the idea of organ systems from, really. Trying to find the correspondences between the things we can’t see.

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Science Art: Sunset in the Eye of a Hurricane

scientific illustration - a photo of the inside of a hurricane, taken by NOAA researchersClick to embiggen

Well, I made it through Dorian just fine this week. Some islands less than 100 miles to the east didn’t.

This is not that Category 5 storm. This was apparently uploaded on December 10, 2018 and taken sometime before then. To my non-expert eye, it seems too large and fuzzy to be a major hurricane – that’s Category 3 and above. But any one of these named storms can be bad news. The geometry is compelling … at a safe distance, please.

This image is from the NOAA Photo…

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Science Art: Trigla Hirundo, Lin., from Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs (A Natural History of the Animal Kingdom)

Scientific Illustration by DF Sotzmann of a tub gurnard or sapphirine gurnard, a kind of sea robin. Click to embiggen
It’s not a flying fish, but something called a “sapphirine gurnard,” which is unusual not because it flies, but because it walks along the bottom using little finger-like fins that aren’t really visible in this painting but that look something like this.

This image came from the fifth, fishy volume of Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs, by Georg Heinrich Borowski, a late-18th-century naturalist, illustrated by D.F. Sotzmann.

The whole book is available on Bi…

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Science Art: Biosphere_2_-_panoramio_(4) by Qygen, 19 Aug 2003.

Scientific Illustration of Biosphere 2 - a photograph of the facility as it was in 2003, 20 years after the experiment.Click to embiggen

Sure, I listen to an episode of Omnibus! here and there, and the latest was on the oddly half-forgotten project that was Biosphere 2.

I mainly remember Biosphere 2 as the place where Roy Walford carried out his extreme-low-calorie lifespan-extending diet experiments on human subjects once the system started to break down. That didn’t really come up on the podcast, but they did mention lots of other science that came out of the self-contained ecosystem, ranging from coral …

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SONG: "Built On Sand"

SONG: “Built on Sand”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Nature, 2 July 2019, “Time is running out for sand,” as used in the post “We’re running out of… sand?

ABSTRACT:
OK, so, finally, and once again at the last minute, a song! From a computer! That works! It was a little weird – I sort of inherited this computer that had been unused for four years, tried to recover data from the hard drive for a friend, and then replaced a couple of parts and brought the thing back to life. And then, when I…

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Sunny smiles…

30 November 2007 grant b 0

…from a solar-powered toothbrush, of course. The invention, from University of Saskatchewan professor Kunio Komiyama and his colleague Dr. Gerry Uswak, uses electrons to replace […]

Winds of War

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UN Scientists looking at the weather have found that over the past 500 years, climate change has marched hand in hand with war, New Scientist […]

SONG: Across the Night

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SONG: “Across the Night” [Download] (To download: right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. Yes, me again. SOURCE: The post “Virtual Mars mission – 500 days […]

BIG bug.

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Arthropods are the creatures that have armor-like skin and jointed legs – the group that includes crawfish, scorpions, spiders and insects. The bugs. The largest […]

Unexpected dinosaurs.

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Despite being dead for, oh, 65 million years or so, dinosaurs still turn up in the darnedest places. Mainly museums, of course, but even there, […]

Dvorak on the Matryomin.

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In America, the Thanksgiving holiday starts today (more or less). To celebrate, The Guild of Scientific Troubadours will be reveling in the gorgeous sounds of […]

Roll out the solar!

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Popular Science has named the nanosolar powersheet the “Best of What’s New 2007,” and for good reason. Instead of using big glass frames to generate […]

Jules Verne: Bleak Futurist

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People nowadays look at Jules Verne as one of the forefathers of science fiction, anticipating amazing technological developments like swift, giant submarines and capsules landing […]