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Butterfly & Moth Wings Are Even More Beautiful Up Close

Thursday 03.27.2014 , Posted by
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Butterflies and moths are already appreciated for their beauty, but if you look really close, you might think they’re even more stunning. Biochemist and photographer Linden Gledhill enjoys looking at things on a macro level, capturing everything from soap film and ferro fluid, to flower petals and insects in flight… way up close. In this series he’s looking at the delicate wings of moths and butterflies so closely that the surface of their wings reveal themselves to be multi-colored scales, like those found on a fish or reptiles, only much, much smaller. [Read more...]

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Flora, Fauna and the Human Body: Stunning Collages are an Anatomical Vision of Nature

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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Taking the forms of nature found in vintage anatomical textbooks and science guides, collage artist Travis Bedal creates beautiful amalgamations of anatomy, botany and biology. His work is a celebration of the repeating, almost rhythmic forms of nature – here a spiral, there a fold – all created with the various parts of our human body and the flora and fauna that surrounds us. [Read more...]

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Modern Technology Captures Baby Animals in the Womb

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not often we get to peer into the world inside the womb, and none of us remember what it was like, but producer Peter Chinn is helping us understand a little bit more about what goes on before birth. His images, produced for a National Geographic documentary called In the Womb: Extreme Animals used real-time 4-D ultrasound images and computer models to create an astoundingly lifelike vision of animal gestation that is beautiful and even a little unnerving. [Read more...]

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What Lies Beneath: Diving Into the Neptune Undersea Observatory Project [Infographic]

Monday 12.09.2013 , Posted by

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On the surface, it would seem that new frontiers have been just about exhausted on Earth… but sometimes you just have to look deeper. The world’s oceans are vast, covering 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and containing 97 percent of the water… yet only about 5 percent of the ocean and its depths have been explored. The Neptune Canada project is aiming to change that. By filling us in with real-time video and data direct from the far reaches of the sea floor, the project launched in 2009 is already helping scientists understand mysteries of the deep – and they’re doing it with the help of people like you. [Read more...]

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The Galaxy Quest: Going Into Orbit With the International Space Station [Infographic]

Wednesday 11.27.2013 , Posted by

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In recent years, there have been few space projects as exciting as the International Space Station, or ISS. Even though it is the 9th space station to take orbit, it is the first to house a full-time crew and a dedicated research laboratory. And, with recent social media exploits – like those of the excellent Commander Chris Hadfield who famously sang David Bowie’s Space Oddity from orbit – space has never looked so near or friendly for the human species. [Read more...]

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From the Inside: Looking into the Human Genome Project [Infographic]

Tuesday 11.19.2013 , Posted by

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As far as great projects go, it’s hard to top the Human Genome Project (HGP). Still the largest collaborative biological endeavor in history, it has given us the first complete look at the blueprint for building human beings, and with that knowledge, it’s hard to think of anything that is contributing more to human health in our modern world. [Read more...]

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A Smart Animation Explores the Magnitude of our Solar System [Infographic]

Wednesday 11.06.2013 , Posted by

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The last time I went to the planetarium it was in Delhi, India. I didn’t expect much from the domed structure with swarms of kids inside, but in fact I was blown away. It’s a hard thing to show the magnitude of the universe and impress people with its true scale – but even the rough idea I saw that day was mind blowing. This video from German design trio Kurzgesagt takes a whole different angle, impressing us with facts about the form of our solar system in flat infographic form. The result is informative and even jaw dropping when you consider the facts. [Read more...]

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Can You Tell Which of These Identical Twins Smoked Longer?

Tuesday 11.05.2013 , Posted by

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It’s common knowledge that smoking ages your body, right? But how do we really know that’s happening when we’re looking at individuals? Couldn’t their other habits, like not wearing sunscreen or drinking too much, have really been the culprit? Researches from the Department of Plastic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio have put these questions to rest with their study Facial Changes Caused by Smoking: A Comparison between Smoking and Nonsmoking Identical Twins.

Over the four years from 2007 to 2010, the researchers attended Twins Days Festival in… ehem… Twinsburg, Ohio, and collected 79 sets of twins between the ages of 18 and 78. One criteria in their search? One twin had to have been a smoker for at least 5 years longer than their sibling. [Read more...]

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Paper Goes Viral: Cellular Sculptures By Charles Clary

Monday 10.21.2013 , Posted by

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Germs never looked so clean-cut until they met artist Charles Clary. A painter and papercrafting artist originally from Tennessee, Clary uses an Xacto knife to dissect hundreds of colorful sheets, which he stacks to create beautiful molecular reliefs. Resembling delicate microbial colonies that contaminate the walls they touch–while simultaneously evoking sound waves, fractals, and topographical landscapes–his works transform simple two-dimensional surfaces into pulsing, surreal structures.  [Read more...]

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Brilliant Suspensions In Time: High-Speed Liquid Photography

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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Thankfully, oil and ink don’t mix–which makes these dazzling photographs by Alberto Seveso possible. In his “Dropping” series, the Italian artist drips colored inks into oil, photographs the splash, then flips the resulting image upside down. The collision of oil and ink results in an exuberant dance of suspended droplets, which Seveso documents as saturated molten sculptures. [Read more...]

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