Carnivalia — 7/22 – 7/28/2015 (plus a bit)

The past week’s selection of (mostly) science-related blog carnivals for you:

Carnival of Space #415

Friday Ark #529

Health Wonk Review: Hot Summer Nights, Cool Summer Drinks

Morsels for the Mind — 24/07/2015

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The scientific tourist #364 — Inca Tern

Seen at the Denver Zoo, it’s an Inca Tern:

Inca Tern

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The scientific tourist #363 — Corporal missile

Here, you see a Corporal missile, on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center:

Corporal Missile

The Corporal missile (not to be confused with the WAC-Corporal sounding rocket) was the U.S.’ first operational guided (vs. ballistic) missile, and the first U.S. guided missile system to be approved to carry a nuclear warhead.  It was a rushed, stop-gap weapon, intended for tactical use to defend against a feared Soviet invasion of Western Europe. Continue reading

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Carnivalia — 7/01 – 7/07/2015

The past week’s crop of (mostly) science-related blog carnivals for your reading pleasure:

Carnival of Space #412

Friday Ark #527

History Carnival #147

Math Teachers at Play #86

Morsels for the Mind – 03/07/2015

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The scientific tourist #362 — the Ne-20 jet engine

On display at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, it’s an Ishikawajima Ne-20 jet engine:

Ne-20 Jet Engine

This little jet engine has an amazing (if short) history.   Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #361 — Feejee Mermaid

Brought to you by the “Mythic Creatures” traveling exhibition (seen at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science), it’s an odd concoction called a Feejee Mermaid:

Feejee Mermaid

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Casual Friday — the ingenious design of the aluminum beverage can

Another great explanatory video from Bill (“Engineer Guy”) Hammack — all about the aluminum beverage can you likely use every day but never give much thought to.

Bill details the choices behind the design of a beverage can — why it’s shaped the way it is, how it’s put together, and the surprisingly complex operation of the tab that opens the can.

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The scientific tourist #360 — Palaeotherium

Now on display in Paris in the Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy (sadly, in a stairwell), it’s an excellent fossilized skeleton of a Palaeotherium Magnum:

Palaeotherium de Mormoiron

Palaeotherium is an extinct genus of quadrupeds, most closely related to modern-day tapirs and horses.  Based on the large number of their fossils that have been found to date, they widely roamed the forests that covered western Europe some 45 million years ago.  But Palaeotherium browsed on low-hanging leaves (up to about 1-1/2 meters above the ground), leaving it at a disadvantage when Europe dried out, and the ancient forests were replaced by grasslands.

Most species of Palaeotherium were small, measuring about 75 cm (2-1/2 feet) tall at the shoulder.  Palaeotherium Magnum was the largest of its kin, nearly reaching the size of a modern-day horse.

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Carnivalia — 5/27 – 6/02/2015

The past week’s (mostly) science-related blog carnivals for your reading enjoyment:

Carnival of Space #407

Friday Ark #522a

Health Wonk Review — the Pre-Memorial Day Edition

History Carnival 146 — Facets of Environmental History

Math Teachers at Play #86

Morsels for the Mind — 29/05/2015

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Carnivalia — 5/13 – 5/19/2015

The past week’s selection of science-related blog carnivals for you:

Carnival of Space #405

Friday Ark #520

Morsels for the Mind – 15/05/2015

 

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