Science Art: favorite image Petrus Plancius Instructing Students in the Science of Navigation, early 17th century

Scientific Illustration of an Early Modern or Late Renaissance class for exploration; how sailors got where they were going. Click to embiggen

The Age of Exploration included at least a little bit of schoolwork. Here are navigation students learning the ways of current and coastline. Their teacher, Petrus Plancius, was a cartographer and Calvinist minister who helped Henry Hudson explore what we now know as New York, helped set up the Dutch East India company, and created some of the first globes not of Earth but of the constellations visible overhead, including some seen only from the Southern Hemisphere.

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Science Art: Map IX: The Constellations of June and July by William Peck.

Scientific Illustration of a star map; the constellations of the summer monthsClick to embiggen
An image of the summer sky (in the Northern Hemisphere) by William Peck, F.R.A.S., from his book, The constellations and how to find them; 13 maps, showing the position of the constellations in the sky during each month of any year….

In 1887, this was a good way to learn about the sky. It hasn’t changed much since then, but we see a lot less because of all the electric streetlights and security lights and lights left on in our windows.

That smoky trail of the Milky Wa…

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Science Art: Mariner 10 issue of 1975, by Roy Gjerston

scientific illustration of Mariner 10 for a 10c stampClick to embiggen

Roy Gjerston was an artist who designed stamps for the US Postal Service and spaceship concept art for General Dynamics. So this stamp, commemorating the Mariner 10 probe to Venus and Mercury, falls right into the sweet spot between them.

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Science Art: Heart normal parasternal long axis echocardiography view by Patrick J. Lynch

scientific illustration of an echocardiogram.Click to embiggen
This is an image of an image of the heart – or at least an image of heart imaging. An echocardiogram done upward or downward from between the ribs beside the sternum. It’s shortened to a “PLAX” view, if you want to banter with yer cardiogram tech. You can read how they’re done here.

The picture was done for the the Yale University School of Medicine, Center for Advanced Instructional Media, by Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator and C. Carl Jaffe, MD, cardiologist.

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SONG: Bodiless

SONG: “Bodiless”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Vox, 17 April 2019, “Scientists: We kept pig brains alive 10 hours after death. Bioethicists: ‘Holy shit.’,” as used in the post “The pigs were dead for 10 hours, and then they weren’t: ‘The ethics of experimenting on partially reanimated brains is uncharted territory.’

ABSTRACT:
Up until two days ago, I didn’t think I’d have anything at all; this thing fell together pretty much all at once. I had been experimenting with shimmer reverb (um, ba…

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Science Art: Skylab Artist Concept, 1972

Scientific Illustration of NASA's Skylab Click to embiggen

A house in space, with a big carport. Spaceport. You get the idea.

From NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center:

This illustration Skylab shows the Apollo capsule, which was launched on a Saturn 1B rocket to ferry crews to space, docked to the multiple docking adapter, which was designed and built at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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Stowaway Genes

1 September 2007 grant b 0

Science Daily reports on some very strange behavior found in bacterial DNA – one parasite’s entire genome is replicated by the host’s body. And, the […]

Star Trek medical scanner is GO!

31 August 2007 grant b 0

Experts at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington are refining an ultrasound device that seals punctured lungs without invasive surgery, reports Science Daily. […]

Psychedelic Paintball

28 August 2007 grant b 0

Wired‘s “Danger Room” reports on like, wow, man, that’s one *TRIPPY* gun: Paintballs laced with mind-altering drugs and drug-spraying robots sound like something for The […]

SONG: Beautiful (Have Another Plum)

23 August 2007 grant b 1

SONG: “Beautiful (Have Another Plum)” [Download] (To download: right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. SOURCE: “Baboon Birth Control” entry, from “Primates on the Pill”, New […]

Mira, The Tail Star

21 August 2007 grant b 0

We’ve been watching this thing for four centuries, and we only now noticed it had a tail, as Nature reports. A really long tail: Astronomers […]