Science Art: Aerial image and satellite derived image of Florida lakes, by Richard P. Stumpf, U.S. Geological Survey.

Scientific illustration of Florida lakes, using imagery derived from satellites and aerial photographsClick to embiggen

From the USGS:

This image is a cropped rendition of two aerial images that demonstrate satellite-derived cyanobacteria concentrations in surface waters from an area in Florida. The top image is true-color photograph, and the bottom image is from the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) sensor on the Envisat satellite, taken October 1, 2011. Data from the sensor lets scientists assign quantitative values for cyanobacteria concentrations, which are represented u…

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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: Under Orion’s Arms

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SONG: “Under Orion’s Arms” [Download] . ARTIST: grant. SOURCE:, 3 January 2020, “Will Bright Star Betelgeuse Finally Explode? A Look at the Dimming Red […]