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The Last Pictures Project “Miss Liz-Style” Part III

Science & Technology

If you haven’t already read Part I and Part II, you should start with those, but if you’re too lazy (for shame!) or don’t have the time right now, here are the cliffnotes:

“Of all the images that have ever been made, would you be able to select just 100 to represent our species and human achievement? Trevor Paglen’s Last Pictures is a project to do not only that, but also launch those images into geosynchronous orbit around Earth – all so that long after humans are gone, any space-wanderer will be able to fathom what humanity was all about.”
I decided to do my own list of 100 images and have divided them up into 5 parts. This series will focus on Science & Technology.

41. Vitruvian Man

This image exemplifies the blend of art and science during the Renaissance and provides the perfect example of Leonardo’s keen interest in proportion. In addition, this picture represents a cornerstone of Leonardo’s attempts to relate man to nature.

42. Dolly the Sheep

On July 5th in 1996 the first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep, was born at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland. The scientists who created her did not announce their success until February 1997. She was named Dolly as she was cloned from a cell from a mammary gland and one of the scientists commented “Dolly is derived from a mammary gland cell and we couldn’t think of a more impressive pair of glands than Dolly Parton’s”. Dolly lived to the age of 6 and died on 14th February 2003.

43. Stealth Aircraft

An F-117 Nighthawk stealth strike aircraft
Stealth aircraft are aircraft that use stealth technology to avoid detection by employing a combination of features to interfere with radar as well as reduce visibility in the infrared, visual, audio, and radio frequency (RF) spectrum. Also, it has been widely rumored that stealth technology was a gift from the aliens.

44. DNA Structure

Hey, if we’re trying to leave ’em with an idea of what modern man was like, why not leave a pic of DNA structure? I liked this one because it is color coded and doesn’t have any words.

45. Man on the Moon

Yes, we put a man on the moon. No, it wasn’t Andy Kaufman.

46. Computers

I originally wanted to file this in the “Dear to Me” series, but I thought it better suited for technology.

47. Light Rail

My personal favorite form of public transportation! I use this religiously when going to the Medical Center. (Plus, I wanted to sneak in another Houston, Texas pic.)

Also, a subject of much debate that is near and dear to the my heart of my good friend, Amanda who is currently very busy heading up the #SupportHoustonTransit campaign.

48. “Weird Science”

’nuff said.

49. Artificial Heart

A synthetic replacement for the heart remains one of the long-sought holy grails of modern medicine. The obvious benefit of a functional artificial heart would be to lower the need for heart transplants, because the demand for organs always greatly exceeds supply.

50. Dinosaurs

Do you think the aliens will think dinosaurs roamed the Earth at the same time as man? Do you think they will think dinosaurs caused mans demise? Do you think they will be puzzled by this puzzle?

51. Reproductive System

In case they are curious as to how we reproduce, I have included a picture with both the male and female reproductive systems. No, we don’t lay eggs.

52. Flux Capacitor

Just so the aliens will think we have mastered time travel. Who said it was my responsibility to ensure accurate history? Let them think we were that bad ass!

53. 1959 Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar

fuck yeah! \m/

54. Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. It was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) from 1998 to 2008, with the aim of allowing physicists to test the predictions of different theories of particle physics and high-energy physics, and particularly that of the existence of the hypothesized Higgs Boson and of the large family of new particles predicted by supersymmetric theories. The LHC is expected to address some of the most fundamental questions of physics, advancing human understanding of the deepest laws of nature. It contains six detectors each designed for specific kinds of exploration.

55. Earth’s Gravity

Modern physics describes gravitation using the general theory of relativity by Einstein, in which it is a consequence of the curvature of spacetime governing the motion of inertial objects. The simpler Newton’s law of universal gravitation provides an accurate approximation for most physical situations.

56. Lightsabers

Lightsabers, because Star Wars. That’s my argument.

57. Radio Waves (Diagram)

I tried really hard not to include words, but this picture represents what I’m trying to convey best. I’m sure the aliens know we figured out radio waves & frequency (and they are probably judging us based on the shit we send out) but, radios… awww yeah!

58. Distillery

Can you tell what my priorities are? Why should humans have all the fun? Let them drink beer!

59. Robots

A robot is a mechanical or virtual artificial agent, usually an electro-mechanical machine that is guided by a computer program or electronic circuitry. Robots can be autonomous, semi-autonomous or remotely controlled and range from humanoids such as ASIMO and TOPIO to Nano robots, ‘swarm’ robots, and industrial robots. By mimicking a lifelike appearance or automating movements, a robot may convey a sense of intelligence or thought of its own.

60. New 7 Wonders of the World

As we advanced through time, so have the lists of Wonders. This is the newest one, started in 2001 to from a selection of 200 existing monuments. The popularity poll was led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber and organized by the New7Wonders Foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland, with winners announced on July 7, 2007 in Lisbon.

And there you have it, folks! My list of 20 in the Science & Technology field. My topic for tomorrow is History and I am really looking forward to that. I’ve already found several that I’m going to list and the wheels are turning for more! See you then.

-Miss Liz

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