At first glance, you would never think that these images have anything to do with science. But as we know, art and science can create some really amazing creative works!
These images in particular are microscopic views of diatoms – or algae – from the California Academy of Sciences. These images surfaced when a group of hobbyists arranged the diatoms into visually stunning patterns and positions. This is an incredible feat, considering that diatoms are some of the smallest organisms on earth. The designs that we see here would not be available to us without the help of a microscope.
Check out more of these fantastic images on photographer Sara Mansfield’s Flickr.
If you want to make your own scientific art, check out our DNA Portraits!