Science Art: Restoration of Pliocene fauna of North America, Smithsonian Museum.

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This is a mural at the Smithsonian Museum, showing how the Great Plains would have looked about 3 million years ago.

The critters here include Amebelodon (the elephant-lookin’ things in the middle),
Neohipparion (tiny horse),
Synthetoceras (antelopes with the antlers in their noses),
Teleoceras (an American rhino),
Merycodus (prong-horned antelopes),
Epigaulus (“horned gopher”),
Hypolagus (giant rabbits), and
Cranioceras (the spikier antelope there).

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SONG: "Meat Man"

SONG: “Meat Man”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:High-Protein Diet May Have Shaped Neanderthals,” Archaeology, 30 March 2016,
as used in the post Protein Diet Shaped Neanderthals.

ABSTRACT: Of course, the world is mourning the loss of a great musical genius this week, and so am I – but in my case, it’s Richard Lyons, one of the founding members of Negativland. This group… well, they weren’t a band, really, and I don’t think you could even call them musicians (although maybe musique concre…

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Science Art: Artist's impression of JWST, European Space Agency, 2013

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This is an artist’s conception of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble. The European Space Agency is working on it, with NASA, Northrop Grumman and Ball Aerospace.

Soon, it will be able to see so many stars….

The JWST is meant to launch into orbit from French Guiana in October 2018. At the link up there, you can watch the (ahem) WebbCams. The main optical component consists of 18 adjustable mirrors. It’s also got a giant array of “solar attenu…

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Science Art: Nutmeg Tree, from 40 drawings of plants at Bencoolen, Sumatra, c.1824.

Nutmeg Tree, for Sir Stamford Raffles.
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Spice.

In watercolor.

It looks like it would smell delicious.

From 40 Drawings of Plants at Bencoolen, Sumatra, a collection of natural history paintings done by Chinese artists for Sir Stamford Raffles. It’s been released on the internet by the British Library.

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Science Art: The Male and Female of Caligus centrodonti.

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Double check all your eggs – just in case.

Happy Easter!

The handsome couple in the image came from North American parasitic copepods belonging to the family Caligidae , 1905, found in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The title kind of gives away the whole story. He’s, uh, a lot smaller than an Easter egg in real life.

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SONG: "Not a Pony."

SONG: “Not a Pony”.

ARTIST: grant, featuring Enok Webb.

SOURCE:Horse-sized tyrannosaur may be long-sought missing link in T.rex evolution,” Washington Post, March 14, 2016, as used in the post “Wee rex. Awwww.

ABSTRACT:
It’s a tiny (well, smaller than usual) T. rex! How can you resist?

Especially since I have a life with children in it. It took attempts at cajoling three of them until I found one I could get to repeat two sentences into a microphone. Kids – they move around al…

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Tyrannosaur pregnant?

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Washington Post has peeked as experts sexed a T. rex: The team from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences […]

Can Alzheimer’s be transmitted?

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Nature follows a researcher who noticed typical Alzheimer’s lesions in very untypical patients – young people who died after receiving contaminated growth hormone injections: For […]

Wee rex. Awwww.

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I stole the name from Reuters, but it was Joel Achenbach at Washington Post that first pointed me toward the news that they’ve found a […]

China goes green.

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Amid news of massive layoffs and financial uncertainty, New Scientist sheds a ray of hope on the Middle Kingdom, reporting on China’s new five-year plan […]

Fossilized nerves.

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Washington Post reports on an impossible-seeming thing – a fossil that’s not just of hard tissue like teeth and bones (and shells), but that reveals […]

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