It's Okay To Be Smart

Aug 01

Your intrepid science reporter, hard at work in the field, making a video at a brewery. 
The sacrifices I make for science… (at Jester King Brewery, Austin, TX)

Your intrepid science reporter, hard at work in the field, making a video at a brewery.
The sacrifices I make for science…

(at Jester King Brewery, Austin, TX)

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Jul 31

Look who’s got a new bioluminescent toy! I don’t know if I’m ready for this dinoflagelly.

Look who’s got a new bioluminescent toy! I don’t know if I’m ready for this dinoflagelly.

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (via we-are-star-stuff)

Do apply.

(Source: liberatingreality, via sagansense)

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teded:

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.
From the TED-Ed lesson How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins
Animation by Sharon Colman Graham

Shred that guitar, toot that horn, rattle those keys… it’s good fer yer neurons!

teded:

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.

From the TED-Ed lesson How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins

Animation by Sharon Colman Graham

Shred that guitar, toot that horn, rattle those keys… it’s good fer yer neurons!

compoundchem:

Check out these awesome, laser engraved periodic tables! These were kindly sent across to me by @Andrestujado, and have instantly become the coolest periodic tables I own. Actually, this photo really doesn’t do the yellow one justice, which has a very nice glow to it in the light.

Is any home complete without a laser-engraved periodic table? I need to get that bottom one, like, yesterday.

compoundchem:

Check out these awesome, laser engraved periodic tables! These were kindly sent across to me by @Andrestujado, and have instantly become the coolest periodic tables I own. Actually, this photo really doesn’t do the yellow one justice, which has a very nice glow to it in the light.

Is any home complete without a laser-engraved periodic table? I need to get that bottom one, like, yesterday.

Jul 30

More Than Just Black…
Adam Elsheimer’s The Flight Into Egypt is considered the first known painting to accurately depict the stars of the night sky and the Milky Way. Can you find Ursa Major?
Interestingly, this painting is said to date from around 1609, yet that means it predates Galileo’s first published telescope observations by a year (Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius was published in 1610, although he made observations in 1609), and he likely couldn’t have seen all this with the naked eye. Any art or science historians know the full story? 
It’s a beautiful thing to see that science has been influencing art for so long.

More Than Just Black…

Adam Elsheimer’s The Flight Into Egypt is considered the first known painting to accurately depict the stars of the night sky and the Milky Way. Can you find Ursa Major?

Interestingly, this painting is said to date from around 1609, yet that means it predates Galileo’s first published telescope observations by a year (Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius was published in 1610, although he made observations in 1609), and he likely couldn’t have seen all this with the naked eye. Any art or science historians know the full story? 

It’s a beautiful thing to see that science has been influencing art for so long.

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