CubeSat NSF grant = art

A CubeSat high above the Earth
A CubeSat high above the Earth

The National Science Foundation has issued a RFP for researchers interested in the CubeSat.  According to Wikipedia, the CubeSat is “a type of miniaturized satellite for space research that usually has a volume of exactly one liter (10 cm cube), weighs no more than one kilogram, and typically uses commercial off-the-shelf electronics components”.  The satellites are then ganged onto existing rockets allowing for low-budget space research.

Needless to say, when I first read about the CubeSat a few years ago I thought that conceptual art and data-driven art projects truly need to get launched into space.  Anyone have a few spare centimeters?

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Petrified wood

A large slab of petrified wood
A large slab of petrified wood

While paying an unexpected visit to the wonderful University of Nebraska State Museum yesterday, there were a few standouts.  Not only were there probably a dozen mammoth and mastodon skeletons from Nebraska, but everything there was found in or near the state.  It was great to think of the plains filled with mammoths and ancient rhinos, before that covered in water with huge fish and snails.

I’ve always been a sucker for the rocks and minerals section of natural history museums.  While the State Museum is fairly small, they had a wonderful piece of petrified wood.  These cross-sections seem like abstract paintings, but where instead of brash or nimble brush strokes, the forces of the earth slowly crush and chemically transform the logs into different colors.

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All images via: Arizona Skies Meteorites

More after the jump.

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