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New @midnight, tonight after Colbert!
A Porcelain Raft: “Giove”
B The Antlers: “Jupiter”
A Mutual Benefit: “Terraform”
B Anna Meredith: “Miranda”
A The Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program: “Always Together With You (The Bridge Song)”
B The Holydrug Couple: “Amphitrites Lost”
A Youth Lagoon: “Worms”
B Blues Control: “Blues Danube”
A Beach House: “Saturn Song”
B Zomes: “Moonlet”
A Absolutely Free: “EARTH I”
B Jesu: “Song of Earth”
A Benoit & Sergio: “Long Neglected Words”
B Larry Gus: “Sphere of Io (For Georg Cantor)”
I’m no stranger to music that’s made of space stuff. I even made a whole episode about it. That’s why I am reaching Bieber-fever-like levels excitement about this album.
Voyager 1 and 2 collected loads of data about electromagnetic radiation during their journey through the solar system. You can’t hear that radiation, of course, but it does exist as waves, just the same way sound does (in the simplest sense, anyway). By converting the frequency and amplitude of the radiation into an audible format, that space data can become music. Magical stuff.
After you check out the teaser songs above, I think you’ll join me in my excitement. To call one track out by name, I’m a huge Beach House fan, so I can’t wait to see what they do with Saturn as their muse, since it is clearly the best planet.
But since we have to wait until April for the rest, in the meantime check out my previous Voyager music posts:
- NASA’s hard-to-find 1992 ambient music album, made from Voyager data, listen here in full: Symphonies of the Planets
- Dominic Vicinanza’s 37-year symphonic duet of Voyager 1 and 2.
- Another Vicinanza symphonic creation, this time just Voyager 1.
- My Space Sounds episode features music made from sunspots, solar wind, magnetic fields, and the orbits of the planets themselves.
In an alternate universe where spacesuits have skinny pants, this is the official soundtrack for exploring the stars.
Sticking plungers to chickens’ butts… you know, for science!
Chickens and other birds are modern relatives of non-avian theropods, a large order of dinosaurs that contains Tyrannosaurus rex, raptors (like Deinonychus), and other primarily bipedal reptilian beasts. They stood mostly on their two rear legs and used massive muscular tails for balance:
They weren’t all big monsters, though. There were also cute little theropods like these guys:
If you need help keeping your dino-groups straight, contrast theropods with sauropods, which include these large, long-necked, four-on-the-floor herbivores:
There’s many more sub-orders of dinosaurs, find out where more of your favorites fall on this Wikipedia page.
Seeing as chickens and their relative are the closest living thing to theropod dinosaurs, a group of biologists thought they’d be a great model to study how T. rex and friends walked. The only problem is that chickens don’t have the long tails that their dino ancestors carried around.
Solution? Stick one on and film ‘em!
The addition of a plunger-butt tail affected the bird’s center of mass and its gait, as well as where it held its bones during standing and walking. You can read more about the research at io9, or check out the original paper (open access) at PLOS One.
Previously: Check out a great TED-Ed video about the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs, narrated by Carl Zimmer.
this is important
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the Fuller Projection?
This map presents a world that is nearly contiguous and at accurate sizes and shapes to the continents.
And there is no “correct” orientation for it (the directionality of north/south being arbitrary after all )
The downsides are that it cuts up Antarctica and distorts the size of oceans, which is bad news for sailors and penguin researchers, but for geography in general it’s AWESOME(X)
I love this for (at least) two reasons:
1) I feel like if extra-terrestrials ever approached our solar system, they would do so from either the top or bottom (as relative to Earth’s North Pole at least, itself being relative to what we decide to call “top”) so as to avoid collisions/close passes with asteroidal flotsam and cometary jetsam. They’d have a 50% chance of seeing Earth from (half of) this perspective, so we should understand what our world would look like from up/down there.
2) I really love the idea of a flat world where all corners are inhospitable prisons of ice and snow. Sci-fi premise unlocked.
The students who go into oil & gas, or hydrology:
Working for the Park Service:
Landscape agate from Blue Hole near Montrose. From the Heddle collection at National Museums Scotland. (Source)
Its like a painting!
I’ve heard geologists say that every rock holds a story, but this takes it to another level.
A megalodon tooth stuck in a whale vertebrae.
😥RIP UNCLE PHIL😥
"My Little Teddy Bear…"
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