Science Art: The many faces of the Sun from Solar Orbiter’s EUI and PHI instruments, 2020

Scientific illustrations of the sun from the European Space Agency's Solar Observer missionClick to embiggen
It’s my mother’s birthday today. Here, nine glorious suns for a Leo.

They were photographed by the European Space Agency’s Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) (across the top and the right column) and Polarimetric and Helioseismic Imager (PHI), which detects magnetic activity. You can read more about them here.

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Science Art: Phases of the Moon, 1844.

Scientific illustration of phases of the moon, from Six Thousand Years Ago: or, the Works of Creation illustratedClick to embiggen

The moon is a body in space that reflects the light of our sun back at us. Which might sound a little weird to say, but this picture does make it all a little easier to grasp.

It’s from Six Thousand Years Ago: or, the Works of Creation Illustrated, a book digitized by the British Library. I found it in their Flickr gallery.

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Science Art: A section through the cochlea in the line of its axis, 1910.

Scientific illustration of the cochlea - the inner ear.Click to embiggen

An inner ear, dear, from The human body; an account of its structure and activities and the conditions of its healthy working, by the Martins: H. Newell and Ernest Gale. Their physiology guide can be found in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

That chamber is where sounds get turned into nerve impulses.

H. Newell Martin was a young genius and distinguished physiologist – the first physiology professor at Johns Hopkins, and one of the first five full professors appoint…

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Science Art: Mechanische Maschinen und Automaten 49, from Bellicorum instrumentorum liber cum ..., 1420-1430

This is something I first assumed was a very early typewriter or printing press, from the Bavarian State Library’s copy of Bellicorum instrumentorum liber cum figuris et fictitys litoris conscriptus, a collection of war machines, proto-robots and siege engines, fountains and pumps, lifting and transporting machines, defensive towers, dredges, combination locks, battering rams, a “rocket-powered” craft, the first ever depiction of the magic lantern, scaling ladders, alchemical furnaces, cloc…

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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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Endangered words.

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Natural History magazine sounds a warning for words. University of Michigan linguist Sarah Grey Thomason, a specialist in the Salish–Pend d’Oreille language of Montana’s Native […]

Dinosaur meat.

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Palaeontologists in North Dakota have found a first-of-a-kind duck-billed dinosaur fossil, the BBC reports, containing not just hadrosaur bones, but the remains of skin, ligaments […]

One chimp, two chimp.

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Science Daily continues to make me feel inadequate by pointing out that even chimpanzees are better at math: “There are still many people, including many […]

Making a brain.

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For a few years now, computer engineers have been building a virtual brain – using computers to replicate every neural connection in a mammal’s gray […]

Invisible? Or just empty?

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Nature recently revealed research that will please the nihilists among us, from astrophysicist Teppo Mattsson, who says that dark energy, the stuff that keeps the […]

Robot Guitar.

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I’m not sure if this takes the fun out of weird intonations and un-well-temperedness, but Gibson is now selling an amazing guitar that Is. A. […]

Dry tobacco.

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Nature reports on a new strain of genetically modified drought-resistant tobacco. OK, so some people are probably thinking this sounds like the least healthy plant […]

Sunny smiles…

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…from a solar-powered toothbrush, of course. The invention, from University of Saskatchewan professor Kunio Komiyama and his colleague Dr. Gerry Uswak, uses electrons to replace […]

Winds of War

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UN Scientists looking at the weather have found that over the past 500 years, climate change has marched hand in hand with war, New Scientist […]