Science Art: Your Gifted Child frontispiece, 1958

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This is how parents in the 50s were expected to conceptualize their bright, nonconformist children – as happy, well-groomed chemists.

Then the 60s happened.

From a helpful, U.S. Children’s Bureau booklet available on archive.org.

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SONG: Turn Me Back

SONG: “Turn Me Back”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:CRISPR’s hopeful monsters: gene-editing storms evo-devo labs,” Nature, 17 Aug 2016, as used in the post “Prepare to make prehistoric monsters..”

ABSTRACT: This is the first song I’ve ever recorded on Linux. I’ve converted my 12-year-old secondhand laptop to Lubuntu and am running Reaper (the recording program) in WINE (the thing that makes Linux pretend to be Windows). Love the way the rest of the computer works now, hate the way Reaper kee…

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Science Art: The Life Cycle of Acetabularia mediterranea, 1960.

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This is how an alga (that’s how it’s spelled in the book) reproduces. It looks like an underwater nasturtium.

Here, it’s being used to demonstrate what exactly RNA is doing in cells when living things reproduce. Algae are nice and simple, so little changes can be easy to see. This particular water plant helped biologists understand that the cell nucleus is where all that reproductive information gets stored.

The book in question is The Biological Role of Ribonucleic Acids by Belgian …

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Science Art: Patterns of taxonomic and morphological diversification in early ray-finned fishes, M. Friedman.

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Fish, in families. Fish, in schools.

These are all ray-finned fishes, on a chart showing how they became more diverse from the Devonian period (when oceans were the “in” places for life forms to hang out) to the Triassic (when dinosaurs started making the scene).

Ray-finned fish are one of two groups of bony fish (which is the big group of, basically, all the fish that aren’t sharks, rays, hagfish or lampreys). The other group of bony fish are lobe-finned fish, which are fish like coe…

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Science Art: Vertical Image of Area A at Happisburgh, from "Hominin Footprints from Early Pleistocene Deposits at Happisburgh, UK," 2014.

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These are the feet of prehistoric humans – little feet of children, big feet of adults. Actually, it’s an infographic based on a photograph based on rather well-preserved mud in Norfolk, England, which captured the shape of feet about a million to 0.78 million years ago. It’s a trace of a trace of a trace of feet.

The site is the “oldest known hominin footprint surface outside Africa.” It’s a group of men, women, boys, and girls from a family of our ancestors. They might be Neanderthals, …

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Science Art: Forecasts for 1907, Punch Magazine, 1906.

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This is a cartoon – a *funny* cartoon from about a hundred years before smartphones became a thing.

We knew what they would do to us. Even then, we knew.

It was published in Punch Magazine, but I found it at Public Domain Review.

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New flying car has landed.

3 October 2014 grant 0

You probably know about the Moller SkyCar and you might have heard of the Terrafugia “roadable plane.” Well, now, The Guardian is reporting on a […]

Helium-filled planes take off.

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New Scientist rises swiftly to break the news of hybrid aircraft that combine helicopters, planes, hovercrafts and blimps: The peculiar aircraft is currently undergoing feasibility […]

Happy birthday, zeppelin!

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Wired celebrates the anniversary of that very special day, March 14, 1899, when Count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin got the U.S. patent for his design for […]

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