The brain of an individual suffering from lissencephaly, a rare disorder in which the cerebral cortex fails to develop ridges and folds, resulting in much-diminished surface area.
The brain is part of a collection at the University of Texas and, although it is labelled with a reference number, all that is known of the original patient is that they were a resident of the North Texas State Hospital, and died in 1970. Their name and any other details of their condition and case history are lost. This photograph is one of a series of such pictures taken by Adam Voorhes.
From October to November 2012 and April to May 2013, the instruments on Voyager 1 measured vibrations in interstellar plasma. These vibrations are within the range of human hearing.
Amplified and played back through a speaker, this is what space sounds like.
Aurora oder Matuta, a watercolour sketch of comet Aurora, 1587, author and illustrator unknown.
One of several great comet illustrations on BibliOdyssey’s post about the 16th Century Kometenbuch. Scans of the book, of which two copies exist today, are available on the website of the Universitätsbibliothek Kassel.
Here are Pohl’s predictions for 2012, written in 1987.
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
Manuscript available online at the Brown Digital Repository.
Artwork created by Brent, a 37-year-old retired laboratory animal and recently voted the greatest chimpanzee artist.
In 1960, scientists at Bell Labs were developing button-based telephones which would ultimately replace rotary dialing. They tested hundreds of key layouts before settling on the one still largely in use today.
Bradbury is joined at JPL by Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan.
Ray Bradbury reading his poem “If Only We Had Taller Been”
Happy birthday, Ray Bradbury! So sad we lost you in 2012. To celebrate this amazing writer, here is his poetic ode to exploration.
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