cybernetics

Science Art: Las Cascadas Slide (Section 6) from AB Nichols Notebook Vol. 38, 1910

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This is a handmade map from the construction of the Panama Canal, one of history’s greatest feats of engineering. Culebra Cut is where the project experienced massive landslides (is it fair to say some of them are still going on today? I think it isit is).

So the folks in charge of the dig, the Isthmian Canal Commission, got geologists down there to study how to move all that dirt out of the way without burying any workers and steam shovels and train cars.

This is…

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Science Art: Firing in the Fog, 1995

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In which NASA tests a Space Shuttle engine in Mississippi, on a cool and humid day.

Found on GRIN.

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Science Art: Detail from Plate LXVIII from British oology, c. 1835

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That’s Anthus aquaticus and Anthus pratensis… the rock lark up top, and the tit lark at the bottom. Stop laughing, you in the back.

There are more lark eggs where these came from.

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Science Art: Plate XII. An engine of great service to bore elms or other trees to make pipes to conveigh water, and for other uses, 1701

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An illustration from New and rare inventions of water-works; shewing the easiest ways to raise water higher than the spring. By which invention, the perpetual motion is proposed, many hard labours performed, and varieties of motions and sounds produced … by Isaac de Caus, found in The New York Public Library Digital Collection.

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SONG: The Waves Around the Women

SONG: “The Waves Around the Women.”

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Scientists have discovered nature’s newest strongest material“, Washington Post, 18 February 2015,as used in the post “Stronger than spider silk”.

ABSTRACT:
Two things happened that went into this. First, Allison said, “Can we have one about limpet teeth?” I don’t know just how far her tongue was in her cheek about that, but who cares? Limpet teeth are great! They’re as strong as growing things get!

The other thi…

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Science Art: NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft as it passes Pluto and Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, in July 2015, by NASA/JHU APL/SwRI/Steve Gribben.

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This is happening now. This summer.

A little flying robot is going to Pluto, the planet that wasn’t a planet, then it sort of was again.

From the NASA New Horizons page:

“We’ve completed the longest journey any spacecraft has flown from Earth to reach its primary target, and we are ready to begin exploring,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

LORRI will take hundreds of pictures of Pluto…

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The Twitter trenches

3 August 2011 // 0 Comments

Time reveals more of the Pentagon’s social media warfare research: The new Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program was submitted [...]

10 red balloons.

10 December 2009 // 0 Comments

That’s what DARPA launched to test new ways to use the internet – and social media specifically, the Guardian says – to solve problems [...]

My Bionic Eye.

5 March 2009 // 0 Comments

BBC News tells the story of a blind man whose life has been changed by his bionic eye: Ron, who has not revealed his surname, told the BBC: “For 30 [...]

The Olympic Computer.

1 August 2008 // 0 Comments

The New York Times shares an interesting theory about the Antikythera Mechanism, the ancient clockwork computer recovered from the Mediterranean. Instead [...]

Robot chef!

18 July 2008 // 0 Comments

New Scientist is living in The Jetsons: “If you want to interpret and understand everyday activities using vision data, it’s very complicated, [...]