Science Art: Genesee County Hogs of the "Swill-Pail Breed," from Moore's Rural New-Yorker, March 22, 1862

Scientific illustration of Genesee County "swill-pail" hogs, from Moore's Rural New-Yorker, 1862.Click to embiggen

Swill-pail hogs from upstate New York, as featured on the front page of Moore’s Rural New-Yorker, a delightful paper that promised “Agriculture, Horticulture, Rural Life, Literature, Science, Art, News.” If you’ve got a few minutes, I recommend flipping through the collection at the Biodiversity Heritage Library. But at the very least, check out the masthead here:
Moore's Rural New Yorker masthead. Is it a scientific illustration? Click to embiggen

That’s some American art, there. This is a publication that knows how to get your hogs he…

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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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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 […]

Ancient germs reborn

10 August 2007 grant b 0

From New Scientist comes a fun story about prehistoric bacteria being brought back to life by meddling scientists: Kay Bidle of Rutgers University in New […]