SONG: Gaia (1,000 Times)

SONG: “Gaia (1,000 Times)”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:Milky Way mapper: 6 ways the Gaia spacecraft will change astronomy,” Nature, 09 Sep 2016, as used in the post “That’s a big map.”

ABSTRACT: Writing this song was fun; recording it was a nightmare. Linux, you have not yet defeated me… but almost. Somehow, installing a desktop publishing program a couple days ago (I think this is the culprit) knocked out some kind of relationship that the previous drivers had with the soundcard in…

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Science Art: Hyastenus convexus, from Report on the zoological collections made in the Indo-Pacific Ocean during the voyage of H.M.S. 'Alert' 1881-2.

Report on the zoological collections made in the Indo-Pacific Ocean during the voyage of H.M.S. 'Alert' 1881-2. London :Printed by order of the Trustees,1884.  http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/44056Click to embiggen

Big picture, small crab.

They crawl around the sea in Japan, Australia, Borneo and the Horn of Africa.

This one was drawn in the 1880s (like one of those French girls) aboard the H.M.S. Alert, and preserved in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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Science Art: Orbital Balloon Repair (?), by Philip Bono

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In 1960, we started planning to send rockets to Mars… and Philip Bono, a Boeing engineer and designer, started figuring out how they’d work, and how they’d look while they were working.

I’m not sure exactly how this image relates to that project, but here it is in SDASM’s Philip Bono Collection.

As far as I can tell, this is a space-suited repairman working on a balloon that’s leaking at the edge of Earth’s atmosphere. Perhaps it’s meant as a fueling station (Bono’s big idea was re…

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Science Art: Dressing for Altitude, NASA.

From NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/ebooks/dress_for_altitude_detail.html
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This is an image from this NASA eBook on high-flying fashions:

Although space suits, which differ from pressure suits in subtle, but important ways, have been well covered in literature, pressure suits have gone unheralded except as introductions to the space suit histories. This e-book is an attempt to correct that….

I found this accidentally while browsing through the Popular Mechanics archive in Wikimedia Commons (since this wasn’t in that magazine, I’m not s…

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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.

[via nemfrog]

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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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The weed that can feed the world.

31 December 2012 grant 0

Well, maybe not *directly*… but Science Daily explains how scientists are watching Arabidopsis thaliana, a fast-growing, globally found weed known as mouse-eared cress, to learn […]

SONG: “This Stupid War”

12 May 2012 grant 0

SONG: “This Stupid War.” [Download] (To download: double right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. SOURCE: Based on “Pesticide exposure linked to brain changes: study”, AFP, […]

Mother cow.

15 June 2011 grant b 0

It must be strange to work in a facility like the ones Sky News just reported on – the places where genetically modified cows produce […]

Zap goes the mushroom.

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No, not like that. PhysOrg reveals the way lightning makes the mushrooms grow: A four-year study carried out at Iwate University in northern Japan on […]

Space berries!

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Purdue University researchers have devised a menu for a mission to Mars (or further) – fresh strawberries grown in space: Cary Mitchell, professor of horticulture, […]

Terror from the farm.

7 September 2009 grant b 0

Johns Hopkins University is unleashing a wave of… no, wait. It’s farms. Johns Hopkins is just warning about it. Farms, however, are unleashing a wave […]

The Vertical Farm

12 February 2009 grant b 0

I was reading about urban farming lately – growing food in places where normally you’d see multilevel parking garages take root – when a page […]