SONG: Glassy Carbon Rods

SONG:Glassy Carbon Rods.”

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:Big improvement to brain-computer interface,” Science Daily, 17 Feb 2017, as used in the post “Brain-electronics just got better.

I wish I knew how these things fall together as easily as this one did, so I could replicate that process. I mean, I am growing old – you’d think I’d have figured it out by now.

I just diddled with a guitar on the couch for five minutes and got the main guitar figure, then played it a few ti…

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Science Art: The Albatross Dredging, 1883.

Report on the Construction and Outfit of the United States Fish Commission Steamer ALBATROSS", by Lieutenant-Commander Z. L. Tanner, U. S. N. United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries. Part XI. Report of the Commissioner for 1883. Plate I, p. 111.

This is the science vessel Albatross, a steamship custom-built for the United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries, what’s now the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service. “The 234-foot steamer, also rigged as a brigantine with more than 7,500 square feet of sail, was the first research vessel in the world constructed exclusively for marine research,” the NOAA website says. Albatross had 4,500 fathoms of cable for dredging up samples at great depths, and electric lights throughout – includ…

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Science Art: Cultures of a destructive mold called Phomopsis, by USDA-ARS by Scott BauerClick to embiggen

Might look pretty in a dish, but you don’t want to find this on your crops – it’s bad news.

This image, taken by Scott Bauer, is from the USDA Agricultural Research Service library. That’s the same bunch of scientists who were told to stop communicating with the public now without a prior OK from Washington, as mentioned here. They’re the ones making sure our food is safe and our farms are productive – not usually a controversial field of research.

These are unusua…

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Science Art: Fig 172 - Results of Dr. Fulton's Drift-Bottle Experiments in the North Sea, 1912.

An oceanographic map, from
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This is a map of something invisible – ocean currents – made indirectly – by releasing messages in bottles and seeing where they land, based on who sent back the enclosed slip from where.

Nowadays, indirect observations like this are a little more complicated, but the same basic principles are still at play in things like astronomy, space travel, meteorology, and medicine. If you can’t see it, try to find some way to watch what it does.

This image is from The Depths …

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SONG: By Numbers

SONG:By Numbers.”

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:Germany to probe Nazi-era medical science,” Science, 5 Jan 2017, as used in the post “Scientists start identifying the brains taken by Nazi researchers.

I stole the chords for this song from myself. I’m of an age, I guess, where that becomes possible. A friend is doing something with a kind of mournful song I’d half forgotten that I wrote back in… 2000? 2001? and in listening to it to figure out what the chords really were, I re…

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SONG: “Tiny Reindeer”

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SONG: “Tiny Reindeer”. [Download] ARTIST: grant. SOURCE: Reindeer are shrinking, because of warmer arctic temperatures ,” Science, 11 Dec 2016, as used in the post […]

Sauna for your mental health.

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Science Daily goes for a schvitz and a think with the University of Finland, where researchers have found that frequent sauna visits protect men against […]