A Fascinating Silken World Transforms With Scale

Lisa Kellner’s art means a lot of different things depending on the scale you observe it from. If we visualize her soft, globular work, with its red, purple and yellow hues as if it were very small, it might appear that it was scattered blood vessels – or even closer it could be a microscopic view of viruses. Perceiving it at a larger scale, it could be a far more familiar thing to our eyes; life found on an ocean reef, or gossamer jellyfish; still larger and it becomes colorful clouds or even landmasses lit by the setting sun.

Virus with sweet tooth makes kids sick

Scientists at Rice University have defined the structure, down to the atomic level, of a virus that is the second-leading cause of juvenile diarrhea. The findings could lead to the development of medications to block it before it becomes infectious.

Harmful Viruses Made of Beautiful Glass

When glass blower Luke Jerram saw visualizations of viruses and pathogens in the scientific world he noticed one big theme: color. Wondering what effect the artificial color in normal scientific drawings had on our interpretation of these invisibly small forms, he created his own exquisite versions out of his favorite material: blown glass. Covering such well known maladies as AIDS and Swine Flu, his works are both beautiful and disturbing, challenging observers to reinterpret their view of the tiny organisms. The pieces, each about 1,000,000 times the size of the actual pathogen, were designed with help from virologists from the University of Bristol using a combination of scientific photographs and models. See more of on this unique work at lukejerram.com .

Revealed: A First View Inside HIV

Peering into a mysterious and tiny world for the first time, a team from Visual Science has given us a new and revealing look inside HIV. Lead by Ivan Konstantinov, the group has built the most detailed 3D model of the virus to date. To create the image, the team consulted over 100 leading science journals and then reconstructed viral proteins from x-ray images. With this information in hand, their team of 3D graphics designers were able to create an accurate and detailed image in about 3 months.