Science Art: From Here, a number of broken gifts for the carpenters and lovers...., by Lorenz Stöer, 1567.

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The title here is the best I could render from the middle German “Hier Inn etliche zerbrochne Gebew, den Schreinern in eingelegter Arbeit dienstlich, auch vil andern Liebhabern zu sondern gefallen geordnet unnd gestelt.” This is the German title of a book better known as Geometria et Perspectiva.

It’s a book of geometric games done by an engraver, Lorenz Stöer. This is the 10th of 11 plates of what Public Domain Review calls “geometric landscapes,” though I discovered them…

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Science Art: Florarctus antillensis Van Der Land 1968, from "Tardigrades marins des Bermudes," 1970

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A water bear from Bermuda, as published in 1970 (a good time to be in Bermuda). Florarctus antillensis was apparently first discovered in the coral sands of Curacao, also a rather nice place to be doing biological research. Tardigrades, famously, can survive just about anywhere, including in the vacuum of space. If you could live anywhere, I suppose Curacao and Bermuda would be pretty high on the list.

I found this fellow in the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s copy of th…

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SONG: Satellite of Love (penitential cover)

SONG: “Satellite of Love” (a penitential cover). (I also made an .ogg version.)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: This has no scientific source; it’s a penitential cover for being late for I’m not even sure which song – I think March. It was originally by the Velvet Underground, although the canonical version is the one Lou Reed did later on with David Bowie.

ABSTRACT: Back in April, my college buddy Christian recorded a Velvet Underground song with his teenage son, and it turned out really prett…

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SONG: Cluster Anatomy

SONG: “Cluster Anatomy”. (I made an .ogg version, too.)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Science News, 2 June 2020, “A new 3-D map illuminates the ‘little brain’ within the heart,” as used in the post “Mapping the heart’s little brain.

ABSTRACT:
At first, I thought I might do a song about two entries – because the mapping the little brain one wound up getting posted right next to a mapping of a Roman city by ground-penetrating radar. I was going to try to interpolate a verse from the Yeah Yea…

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Science Art: StyleGAN2 Example 2, Jan 2020

Scientific illustration of a man who doesn't exist, generated by a neural network computer.Click to embiggen
Wikimedia Commons’ description of this average-looking guy simply reads: The man in this image does not exist. This face was constructed by a GAN program.

The licensing info is: This file is in the public domain because, as the work of a computer algorithm or artificial intelligence, it has no human author in whom copyright is vested.

A GAN is a generative adversarial network, a computer system (network) that generates (creates) new things by having, in essence, two com…

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Catepillars Remember.

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More poetry from New Scientist, reporting on Georgetown University research into the memory of butterflies: Seventy-eight percent of the caterpillars that were shocked directly after […]

It’s Full of Holes.

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Discover reports on a new bicycle frame that’s stronger than titanium, steel, carbon composites or aluminum. It’s lighter, too – because it’s full of holes: […]

Eat Whale?

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The Reuters Environment Desk had a doozy of a story recently on how Norwegian lobbyists want us to eat whale to save the planet: The […]

East/West Brain Differences.

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M.I.T. researchers, cited in the Boston Globe, have used brain scanners and simple tasks to map out neurological differences between Westerners and East Asians: In […]

Stoned Moses.

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Ha’aretz reports on a rather unusual theory coming out of Hebrew University – that Moses was tripping his way down Mt. Sinai: “And all the […]

From Weight Into Light.

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PhysOrg brightens our day with a fun new invention that’s actually rather old-fashioned. It’s a gravity-powered lamp. The LED lamp, named Gravia, is an acrylic […]

Chimps are Wired for Words.

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ScienceDaily reports on new findings from the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, who say that chimpanzee brains are really close to human brains as far […]

Red Spot Mystery

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Discovery assures us that space contines to be utterly inexplicable – at least as far as that famous, bizarre, permanent hurricane on the King of […]

SONG: Flip the Switch.

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SONG: “Flip the Switch” [Download] (To download: right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. SOURCE: “Deep brain stimulation may help Alzheimer patient’s memories”, Telegraph.co.uk, 31 January […]