Science Art: Elasmotherium by Alice B. Woodward, 1912.

Scientific illustration of a prehistoric rhinoceros, an elasmotheriumClick to embiggen

The so-called “Siberian unicorn,” the Elasmotherium, a noble critter here pictured in the pages of Evolution of the Past, by Henry R. Knipe (with illustrations by Alice B. Woodward and Ernest Bucknall).

I still want to see them used in place of the heraldic unicorn as a symbol of Scotland, should independence ever happen. Until then, I think fondly of their memory: stolid beasts, galloping and grazing, possibly around as recently as 26,000 years ago, and maybe sketched on…

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Science Art: Hemisphere Austral, XVIII from Atlas Coelestis, by John Flamsteed, 1729.

Scientific Illustration of the stars of the southern hemisphere, as charted by John FlamsteedClick to embiggen

From 1675 until his death in 1719, John Flamsteed worked at the newly built Greenwich Observatory, charting the stars in the sky. He was England’s first Astronomer Royal. His atlas of the constellations came out 10 years after his death, in 1729, and was greeted as the most accurate and most detail set of star charts yet produced – although the art was fanciful, and even a bit… off (see the Linda Hall Library listing on Flamsteed for a look at his very peculiar Virgo).

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Science Art: Water-Cooling of the Converter, 1891

A scientific illustration of a water-cooling deviceClick to embiggen

From Wedding’s Basic Bessemer Process, by W. B. Phillips and E. Prochaska, which you can preview here. I found it on the British Library Photostream.

The Bessemer Process is for making steel.

Stay safe, folks.

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Science Art: Colorized transmission electron micrograph of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus particles (orange) found near the periphery of an infected cell (green).

Scientific illustration of SARS virus particles, a kind of coronavirusClick to embiggen

A snapshot of SARS virus particles – the coronavirus responsible for Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome – taken at Fort Detrick, Maryland, the military lab where the strain used in the 2001 anthrax attacks came from.

There’s a lot of bad lungs behind this picture, is what I’m saying here. Even though those things look like happy little suns rolling down a green hillside.

Credit should go to the NIAID Integrated Research Facility, part of the National Interagency Biod…

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Science Art: Amplifying Receiver, Sketch 1, April 1916

Scientific Illustration of an electronic component, an amplifying receiverClick to embiggen slightly

Electronics in 1916, from an article on making headphones for receiving radio transmissions in QST, the amateur wireless magazine of the The American Radio Relay League.


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SONG: "Young and Stupid"

SONG: “Young and Stupid”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: The Guardian, 3 February 2020, “Girls beginning puberty almost a year earlier than in 1970s,” as used in the post “Girls really are growing up quicker – biologically speaking.

ABSTRACT: I couldn’t resist writing a pop song (maybe the most sex-focused of modes of art) about what amounts to nostalgia for sexlessness. If I say “presexuality” that sounds all Lolita-ish and gross, and is not what I mean. The image I got, thinking about this …

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The 62-mile-high club

30 July 2007 grant b 0

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 […]

SONG: A World Without Us.

23 July 2007 grant b 3

SONG: “A World Without Us” [Download] (To download: right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. I’m the guy who put this questionable site up on the […]

Schizophrenia in Paradise

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Science News reports on Trouble in Paradise – how feelings of “social defeat” could be responsible for triggering schizophrenia, which might explain why the otherwise […]

Weather in China

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On the one hand: China had more wars in cold weather Most of the armed conflicts in eastern China over the past 1,000 years were […]