It’s Beltane today, May Day, a day traditionally celebrated with bonfires. Here are some smaller flames, but no less fiery.
This is a photo illustrating how, as Wikimedia Commons explains, “different flame types of a Bunsen burner depend on oxygen supply. ”
Different flame types of Bunsen burner depending on air flow through the valve.
1. air valve closed
2. air valve nearly fully closed
3. air valve semi-opened
4. air valve maximally opene…
This is a mural at the Smithsonian Museum, showing how the Great Plains would have looked about 3 million years ago.
The critters here include Amebelodon (the elephant-lookin’ things in the middle),
Neohipparion (tiny horse),
Synthetoceras (antelopes with the antlers in their noses),
Teleoceras (an American rhino),
Merycodus (prong-horned antelopes),
Epigaulus (“horned gopher”),
Hypolagus (giant rabbits), and
Cranioceras (the spikier antelope there).
SONG: “Meat Man”.
ABSTRACT: Of course, the world is mourning the loss of a great musical genius this week, and so am I – but in my case, it’s Richard Lyons, one of the founding members of Negativland. This group… well, they weren’t a band, really, and I don’t think you could even call them musicians (although maybe musique concre…
This is an artist’s conception of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble. The European Space Agency is working on it, with NASA, Northrop Grumman and Ball Aerospace.
Soon, it will be able to see so many stars….
The JWST is meant to launch into orbit from French Guiana in October 2018. At the link up there, you can watch the (ahem) WebbCams. The main optical component consists of 18 adjustable mirrors. It’s also got a giant array of “solar attenu…
It looks like it would smell delicious.
From 40 Drawings of Plants at Bencoolen, Sumatra, a collection of natural history paintings done by Chinese artists for Sir Stamford Raffles. It’s been released on the internet by the British Library.
Double check all your eggs – just in case.
The handsome couple in the image came from North American parasitic copepods belonging to the family Caligidae , 1905, found in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The title kind of gives away the whole story. He’s, uh, a lot smaller than an Easter egg in real life.