Science Art: A Year of Mars Weather

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In honor of the unusually good Mars viewing available right now, here’s a year’s worth of Martian weather images.

I found this on the Planetary Society’s The Bruce Murray Space Image Library. From their description of the composite image:

A camera called MARCI aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures a global view of Mars and its weather daily, which the team at Malin Space Science Systems maps onto a 3D globe of the planet. Here is one such image for each mon…

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Science Art: Anatomical Embroidery by Cecile Dachary

Cecile Dachary's anatomical embroidery
If you want to give your old-fashioned lover your heart. Or kidney.

Ah, tradition.

Cecile Dachary does all manner of feminine arts, always with a logical (or, really, “-logical”) twist. (Oh, my….)

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SONG: Rats Get Into Everything.

SONG: “Rats Get Into Everything”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Nature, 11 July 2018, “Seabirds enhance coral reef productivity and functioning in the absence of invasive rats”, as used in the post “How rats can kill a coral reef”.

It’s a blues song about rats. I mean, with twee-ish, shoegazer-ish quiet vocals, and a kind of pseudo-South African guitar figure, but still. Rats. They demand a certain directness of approach when evoking.

I would have gotten it done on time but I was…

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Science Art: "How to Build a Human" by hellofromthemoon.


This is an animated look at the part of human reproduction you don’t normally see on video loops on the internet (so if all you’re seeing now is words or a still picture, clicky the linky!).

So many babies! Embryos like… like… embryos! A veritable human-building spiral factory!

I found this on the Educational GIFs subreddit, where the user “hellofromthemoon” has done other fun stuff.

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SONG: One of Our Submarines (a penitential Thomas Dolby cover)

SONG: “One of Our Submarines” (penitential cover)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: This has no scientific source; it’s a penitential cover for being late for the June song. It’s originally by Thomas Dolby.

ABSTRACT: I just can’t escape the 1980s, I guess.

I never liked dance music, as a kid, except when I liked dance music. By which I mean I didn’t really like songs that were meant to be danced to for the fact of their danciness – dance and clubs and jollity were basically anathema. But certa…

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Science Art: Partial Eclipse of the Moon by Étienne Léopold Trouvelot

Almost a crescent. A moon of the late 1800s.

An astronomical drawing from the French-born Harvard researcher who, as an entomologist (as well as an astronomer), unleashed the horribly invasive gypsy moth on North America’s unsuspecting forests. He was trying to make silk. Oops.

From The Public Domain Review collection Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings, 1882.

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The manta ray nursery.

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Science Daily takes us to the Gulf of Mexico, where scientists have finished the first-ever study of a nursery for baby manta rays: Located in […]

The baobabs are dying.

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No, this isn’t a heart-wrenching sequel to The Little Prince. It’s a report in Nature on a baffling illness striking down some of Africa’s most […]

Researchers reverse dementia.

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Science Daily has (rather densely written) research showing how specific drugs could not only stop dementia but reverse its effects: A lack of knowledge about […]