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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Old, stinky sex.

30 October 2007 grant b 0

With plants! New Scientist reports on a sordid study of the pulsing, fetid origins of life as scientists plunge into an ancient plant’s hot, stinky […]

The Happy Brain.

29 October 2007 grant b 0

New Scientist discusses a joyous discovery inside our skulls – the bits of the brain responsible for optimism: Elizabeth Phelps at the New York University, […]

HIV defeated?

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Science Daily reports that AIDS might finally be on the way out: With the latest advances in treatment, doctors have discovered that they can successfully […]

China Moon

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Reuters reports that China is taking its next step into space with the Chang’e One lunar orbiter launch this week: The launch of the Chang’e […]

Biofuel from a bush.

24 October 2007 grant b 0

Nature brings news of a potential fuel for tomorrow growing wild in Africa and India. It’s called jatropha, and it could possibly be ideal for […]

SONG: Something in the Air

23 October 2007 grant b 0

SONG: “Something in the Air” [Download] (To download: right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. Hello there. SOURCE: “Lap dancers ‘in heat’ are the ones to […]

Sputnik DIY

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The BBC has published directions for building your own history-making satellite: In simple terms, the Sputnik satellite was a metal sphere almost 2ft (61cm) in […]

The Ares V

20 October 2007 grant b 0

Behold the mighty propaganda of a mighty space agency! NASA’s (computer generated) video of the very big (notional) Ares V rocket, launching a Very Large […]

Maps of Cosmic Bliss.

18 October 2007 grant b 0

You might remember reading, a few years ago, about some controversial claims made by Dr. Michael Persinger, who was researching how repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation […]

Time. And an OTHER time.

16 October 2007 grant b 0

Feeling pressed for time? A New Scientist interview reported by the Telegraph posits that we have more time than you think: Time is no longer […]