Science Art: Theoria Satellitum Iovis et Saturni from Atlas Coelestis by Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr, 1742.

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A geometry of the heavens (specifically the moons of Jupiter and Saturn0, as envisioned by mathematician, astronomer, and mapmaker Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr, a German who also spoke French, Italian and English. He published an atlas of the stars using images previously published by his long-time collaborator Johann Baptist Homann, a Dominican monk who converted to Protestantism and who had previously published Grosser Atlas ueber die ganze Welt, a great atlas of the whole world.

The fu…

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SONG: "Electric Wind"

SONG: “Electric Wind”.

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SOURCE:Water on Venus was stripped away by ‘electric wind’,” Wired, 21 June 2016, as used in the post “The electric wind left Venus without water or air.”

ABSTRACT: So, I’ve just found the researcher’s personal site, on which he describes himself as “Scientist, Space Cadet and Singer-Songwriter.” So, you know, maybe he’ll understand all this. On the other hand, his band is on Facebook as ‘DC’s hottest English ceilidh, contra dance and party band,…

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Science Art: Philips H7 headlamp . Mo-cover filament polycrystals, by Ivan.V.Nemtsev

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This is the filament of a headlight – a halogen bulb you put in the front end of your car, one of these – as seen many times its proper size under an electron microscope.

Tiny little light bulb makes great big light. You can see one of these for miles, right?

Then think about how tiny those little crystals are. Then check out what they look like when Mr. Nemtsev zoomed in a little more.

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Science Art: An early map of the planet Mars, by Richard A. Proctor, 1867.

A map of Mars, by Richard Proctor, published posthumously in 1905

A map of the planet Mars by astronomer Richard A. Proctor. The names we use for features on Mars nowadays come from Giovanni Schiaparelli – like what we call “Syrtis Major Planum,” he called the “Kaiser Sea” (after an earlier astronomer). This map, he drew based on 27 drawings from William Rutter Dawes.

He was a serious scientist, but money troubles led him to write popular stuff, which he turned out to be good at. In his Wikipedia article (no doubt based on Encyclopedia Britannica): He …

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Science Art: Inside the Spacecraft During Gemini V Flight, by L. Gordon Cooper/NASA

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Here’s astronaut Charles Conrad Jr. as snapped by mission commander L. Gordon Cooper Jr., the “Gordo” from The Right Stuff, if you remember him. This was a few years after the Mercury missions.

One of the things they were doing on the Gemini V mission, in August 1965, was to see what would happen if people and spacecraft spent 8 days in zero-g. No one had done it.

Since then, we’ve gotten more used to weightlessness. In 1994-95, Valeri Polyakov spent almost 438 days i…

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Science Art: Minecraft Colosseum replica (Amphitheatrum Flavium)

A screengrab from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSli7JpnSA8
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One of the more interesting trends in scientific illustration lately – and I do think that it’s exactly the same kind of thing that inspired amateur illustrators of the 1800s were doing with pencil and paper – is creating replicas of archaeological sites in Minecraft. There’s an expert in reddit’s /r/AskHistorians sub who’s done it with a digital Teotihuacan, there’s a mighty Minecraft version of the Borobudur mega-stupa, and replicas of Harappa and Mohenjo Daro in Pakistan. The…

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Quantum computers can work.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 […]