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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Science Art: Map, Glen Tilt, Tayside, by James Hutton

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I’m not sure exactly what this is a map of (other than Glen Tilt, Tayside), because there’s not much information on the USGS page where I found it.

It’s got a lovely geometry, though.

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Quantum computers can work.

29 November 2012 grant 0

Laboratory Equipment points the way for the next big breakthrough in thinking machines: Many quantum algorithms require that particles’ spins be “entangled,” meaning that they’re […]

The robot knows itself.

6 September 2012 grant 0

Machines, BBC reports, are one step closer to personhood, thanks to Yale researchers inventing Nico, a robot who knows himself: “It is a spatial reasoning […]

The Twitter trenches

3 August 2011 grant b 0

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

10 red balloons.

10 December 2009 grant b 0

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

My Bionic Eye.

5 March 2009 grant b 0

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, […]

Help us speak science.

3 February 2009 grant b 0

Nature’s Nascent blog has a call for volunteers to help evaluate abstracts and comments on PLoS ONE, the Public Library of Science: I agree with […]

The Olympic Computer.

1 August 2008 grant b 0

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

Robot chef!

18 July 2008 grant b 0

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