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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JokeBot UNBOUND

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New Scientist on the dawn of the Humortron 3000: Now Julia Taylor and Lawrence Mazlack of the University of Cincinnati in Ohio have built a […]

Gimme more sugar! MORE!

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Kevin Beck at ScienceBlogs shares some news published on PLoS by researchers from France’s University of Bordeaux, who found that sweet things can be more […]

Robo-Dog Soldiers

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Well, we knew about robot dogs and we’ve heard about robot soldiers – but unless you were paying close attention, you might not have heard […]

The future is now.

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Via Wired’s Danger Room comes news from the US Army’s Future Combat Systems. They need a new name because we’re already living in the future: […]

The 62-mile-high club

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Discover raises a slippery space question… as if NASA didn’t have enough scandal to deal with lately: When missions lasted no more than a few […]

My Mechanical Mom

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From New Scientist comes news of the womb-on-a-chip: Fujii’s team has created a “lab on a chip” that is 2 millimetres across and 0.5 millimetres […]

The Amygdaloids

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From Salon comes assurance that we are not alone: All right, the occasion wasn’t a concert but a graduation ceremony for 10,000 students in the […]

Pleasure and placebo

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Nature plumbs the depths of one of the most mysterious processes in medicine. Researchers have found that the placebo effect – when “fake” medicine creates […]

The Noble Bonobo

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The New Yorker, of all publications, has a fascinating Ian Parker article on the natural history of the bonobo – the sexy primate that’s supposed […]

Ice Volcanoes of Charon!

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Nature brings new observations of Ice Volcanoes in Outer Space. Cook speculates that liquid water deep within Charon’s core is mixed with ammonia, which acts […]