Science Art: Bunsen Burner Flame Types, by Artura Jana Fijalkowski.

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It’s Beltane today, May Day, a day traditionally celebrated with bonfires. Here are some smaller flames, but no less fiery.

This is a photo illustrating how, as Wikimedia Commons explains, “different flame types of a Bunsen burner depend on oxygen supply. ”

And also:

Different flame types of Bunsen burner depending on air flow through the valve.

1. air valve closed

2. air valve nearly fully closed

3. air valve semi-opened

4. air valve maximally opene…

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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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Old phones are listening.

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Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece on how old smart phones are being used to listen for disrupted sleep patterns, illegal loggers, gunshots, breeding […]

Perfect pitch isn’t.

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Science Daily sticks it to the people with an innate ear for what’s a C and what isn’t. Apparently, “perfect pitch” can be fooled: Absolute […]

Why is dissonance noisy?

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Nature explores the strange mathematics of yuck – the neurological reason why we find dissonant music hard to listen to: Consonant chords are, roughly speaking, […]

‘The Bloop’ identified.

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I’m not sure when this happened, but NOAA thinks they’ve finally identified the mysterious underwater sound known as ‘The Bloop’: The broad spectrum sounds recorded […]

The Neuroscience of Gotye.

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Fun to read Sound on Sound’s behind-the-mixing-board analysis of what made “Somebody That I Used To Know” so darn catchy – even though it breaks […]

Bb below the lowest C.

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Not new research, but I just learned that the lowest note in the Universe: The black hole resides in the Perseus cluster of galaxies located […]

Noise hurts. Why?

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Science explores why the noise of nails on a chalkboard is so awful: As they will report next week at the Acoustical Society of America […]

Prescription pop.

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Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University are using music (and audio engineering) to treat pain and depression – by mapping out emotional terrain in pop songs: […]

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