Science Art: Cephalopodes: Pl. III, 1889.

Scientific illustration of octopuses from an expedition by Prince Albert I of Monaco, a keen oceanographer and biologist.Click to embiggen

Prince Albert I of Monaco was really into marine life, and used the royal yacht as a scientific research vessel.

Here, from the description on The Artful Gene’s tumblog:

Illustrations from the voyages on the yacht of prince Albert I of Monaco (1848-1922). Albert was a keen oceanographer and owned four different research ships, which he used for his expeditions to survey the waters of the world. The prince would bring scientists on board and travel with them collectin…

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SONG: In the Ring

SONG: “In the Ring”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Scientific American, 4 May 2020, “A Shiny Snack Bag’s Reflections Can Reconstruct the Room around It,” as used in the post “How your snack bags can give you away.

ABSTRACT:
I really like the music to this song, especially the way the two electric guitars talk to each other during the solo/outro. This is actually the third (maybe fourth) piece of music I tried for this month’s song. At one point, it was going to be spoken word about bat res…

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Science Art: Devonian Marine Organisms, by Aleksandra Arkhipova, 2015

scientific illustration of prehistoric shellfish and a trilobite. Click to embiggen vastly
From the “Scientific Illustration” collection on Wikimedia Commons, where this image of trilobites and prehistoric shellfish has the following in-depth description:

The Devonian period is often considered to be the “Age of Fish” due to appearance of the first ray-finned and lobe-finned bony fish, but this illustration focuses on the diversity of marine organisms such as trilobites and brachiopods, even though most of them became extinct at the end of the Devonian pe…

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Science Art: Albumasar De magnis coniunctionibus, 1515

Scientific illustration of astronomical equiment in the Renaissance.Click to embiggen

Ja’far ibn Muḥammad Abū Ma’shar wrote a book – and published it in Venice. It was the place to be, and to see the sky, in the 1500s. He was famous. A star of stars.

Image from the British Museum.

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Science Art: Gradus Peas, Petoskey or Paul Rose Musk Melon, 1899

Scientific Illustration of peas and musk melon, from an 1899 seed catalogClick to embiggen

From the D.M. Ferry & Co. Seed Annual, via the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

Fresh vegetables, fresh muskmelon. Mmm. I do love a muskmelon.

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Science Art: Cosmic Reef, by the Hubble Space Telescope

Scientific illustration of two nebulae in the Large Magellanic Cloud imaged by the Hubble Space TelescopeClick to embiggen

Astronomers are marking the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope with a “ portrait of a firestorm of starbirth in a neighboring galaxy” – an image of two nebulae in the Large Magellanic Cloud, NGC 2014 (the big red one) and NGC 2020 (the little blue one). Because of all the dust coalescing there, this is a place where stars are born – little by little, accumulating matter until they start fusing under their own gravity.

Credits: NASA, ESA and STScI

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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.

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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 […]