Science Art: Thanksgiving Day sunspots (SOHO EIT 171 Latest Image: 2020/11/26 13:00), by NASA & ESA

Scientific Illustration of solar storms, or sunspots, from the Solar and Heliospheric ObservatoryClick to embiggen

This is what our Sun looked like on Thanksgiving Day. There are sunspots across the lower right of the image, visible here as what sunspots actually are – very large magnetic storms, like plasma cyclones.

The picture is from the SOHO gallery of the latest images of the Sun, which has all kinds of different ways of looking at that big, bright, orange ball. This particular image is from the EIT, or “Extreme-ultraviolet Imaging Telescope,” which can isolate different wavele…

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Thanksgiving Theremin: "Etude in B-flat minor" by Karol Szymanowski, Grégoire Blanc on theremin, GlassDuo on glass harp.

Originally written for piano, but more haunting in this arrangement. Supported by a grant from the Polish Ministry of Culture.

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Thanksgiving Theremin: "How to play a scale on the theremin" - Carolina Eyck

She’s probably the highest-profile thereminist on the internet, and she’s not above sharing a little wisdom.

She also gives lessons over yonder:

You’ve heard her play on past Thanksgiving weekends.

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SONG: Six Seconds

SONG: “Six Seconds”

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on Science News, 2 Oct 2020, “Can AI Detect Disinformation? A New Special Operations Program May Find Out”, as used in the post “Our spaceship just grabbed a piece of asteroid”.

This song started with four chords on a guitar, but was almost entirely arranged as a spacey keyboard loop. I played the chords lying in my bed, as you do, and then thought, huh, OK, I could do something with that meter, that spacing of the notes. …

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Science Art: Hefezellen

Scientific illustration of yeast reproducinga

An image of yeast, originally made by NASA (though the context is now unclear, since the web page Wikimedia Commons sourced the photo from no longer exists).

The name “Hefezellen” literally means “yeast cells” in German.

Beer and bread… and some itchy infections. Yeast.

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Science Art: At the edge of the blast, Hubble Space Telescope, 2020.

Scientific illustration from the Hubble Space Telescope of a shockwave in space - a small section of the Cygnus supernova.Click to embiggen

From the ESA Image Gallery, dated 28 Aug 2020, comes an image of a portion of the Cygnus supernova, a blast wave 2400 light-years distant from a dying star 20 times larger than our Sun. It blew up 20,000 years ago, and is still traveling 350 kilometres per second, or around 784,000 mph. The twisting ribbon is caused by the stuff ejected from the star slamming into the low-density dust and gas of interstellar space.

ESA/Hubble & NASA, W. Blair; CC BY 4.0; Acknowledgement:…

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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 […]

SONG: A World Without Us.

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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 […]