To Infinity and Beyond! Space Colony Art from the 1970s

It has been a long time dream of Earth dwellers to shake off our terrestrial bonds and move to far away places, like space for example. While today the world focus tends to be largely land based, in the 1970s we were in the midst of the Apollo space program, watching men walk on the moon; and gearing up for the Space Shuttle program. It was also a time when the sobering realities of our human impact were becoming obvious to the masses. We saw widespread industrial effects from pollution and an ever rising world population – one which was surprisingly only half of today’s staggering 7 billion.

Why We Always Have Room For Pie on Thanksgiving

Have you ever wondered why, no matter how stuffed we are, there’s always room for dessert? AsapSCIENCE breaks it down for us in this educational, yet fun Dry Erase Board Mini-Lesson. It’s so simple, an elementary student could understand it. But even with this understanding, I still fully intend to stuff myself with Tofurkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing until I can’t breathe on Thanksgiving and follow that with vegan pumpkin pie and a nap. I don’t want to disappoint the Pilgrims and Native Americans who established this special day of gluttony.

How the Frog’s Eye Sees

The frog does not see what does not move. To the frog, to move is to exist. That’s pretty hard to wrap your head around, but this amazing minimalist cartoon gives you a glimpse of what it might be like to be a frog. Based on the research paper “What the Frog’s Eye Tells the Frog’s Brain” by Jerry Lettvin and his colleagues in 1959, animator Skip Battaglia brings scientific research to life through the googly eyes of a frog.

Timeline Photography: Space and Time in One Image

These photographs may look like simple photoshop experiments, but they are actually images taken straight from a camera… a very special camera. The work of photographer Jay Mark Johnson, each image was created with an $85,000 rotating slit camera; the type normally used for capturing vast landscapes. The camera works by capturing light only through a small slit in its rotating head, effectively exposing the image slowly from one side to the other. When you capture still landscapes this is registered as a normally appearing image, but in the case of Johnson’s images which feature moving subjects, you get a highly unique result which captures both space and time.

What Is the Hottest Thing In the Universe?

Remember trying to play hooky from school by sneaking the thermometer into your oatmeal when mom wasn’t looking to fake a fever? It turns out 98.6°F is just the average temperature of the human body, but it experiences many fluctuations throughout the day, so you could just fake a fever a couple hours before bedtime. If you’ve ever wondered what the hottest temperature in the universe is (it’s not the sun), then you MUST SEE this amazing video.

Bio-Art: Scientist Creates Photographs in a Petri Dish

What happens when the worlds of art and science merge? In the case of these brilliant images from microbiologist come artist Zachary Copfer, the result is some surprisingly different photography. Over the past 4 years he has diligently worked on creating a technique for exposing photographic images in petri dishes – using a process much like dark room developing.

Embryonic Scans Show Human Face Forms Like a Puzzle

Have you ever wondered why humans have a groove above the upper lip that seems to have no purpose whatsoever? This groove, known as the philtrum, tends to go un-noticed unless it is not completely formed, resulting in a cleft palette. With the help of a CGI created from high quality human embryonic scans during the early stages of development, Dr. Michael Mosley shows that the forming of the philtrum is actually a clue to our evolutionary fish ancestry.

Scientific Phenomena Caught Behind the Lens

Magnets have been used to display art for as long as households have had refrigerators, but now Fabian Oefner is using them to create it. He discovered that by placing the viscous, magnetic liquid known as ferrofluid under a magnetic field and mixing it with water colors, iron particles rearrange, creating dark channels that separate the watercolors from the ferrous liquid. The result is gorgeous, thumbnail sized images that resemble planets or brains and Oefner has captured them just beautifully in his Millefiori collection. The images are so trippy that they could replace the eggs in the classic 80’s “This is your Brain on Drugs” PSA.

The Smallest Font? DNA Letters on a Nanometer Scale

Have you ever found yourself needing to pack a lot of text into a small space? Are you a designer with a project requiring loads of fine print? Fear not, typography on a nanometer sale is here. Scientists at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts have recently created a series of glyphs made entirely out of microscopic fragments of DNA, woven together like building blocks. By leaving out specific blocks they’ve been able to create letters, numbers and even symbols like smileys and an eagles head. Here we bring you brilliant science journalist Ed Yong’s post, created entirely out of the miniscule font: “DNA Sans anyone?”

Geometric Order Amidst Starling Chaos

A murmuration of starlings may seem random, but one artist has found the geometric order to this phenomenon of nature in her work. About six months ago a video flooded the internet of two women out on a canoe while a murmuration of starlings danced above their heads. After the video went viral, murmurations have been a hot topic online and even in art. Catherine Ulitsky, an artist living in western Massachusetts, captured the unique flock patterns of the starling murmurations on camera and gave order to the seemingly random group by painting connections between the birds. In each photograph, Ulitsky uses vibrant colors and straight lines to create beautiful geometric patterns in one of natures great phenomena. “Carefully observing natural phenomena reminds me constantly of the limitless complexity and wonder of the world we inhabit,” said Ulitsky of her work.