These photographs capture some of the oldest living things in the world. As she explains in her TED talk, Sussman has been working for nearly a decade to research and track down these organisms, and it will take her about two more to track down the rest and complete the series.
The organisms included range from 2,000 years old (brain coral in Tobago) to 80,000 years old (aspens in Utah) to 400,000 years old (actinobacteria in soil from Copenhagen).
Check out some more of the oldest living things in the world below!
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We know that as humans on Earth our lives are a constant combination of organization and chaos. What we can’t always see, is the bigger picture.
Photographer Alex MacLean has taken it upon himself to capture just that. Leaning out of the window of an airplane, high above the organization, chaos, or organized chaos — as the case may be — he snaps photographs of the patterns, symmetry and asymmetry that our lives cause and create.
And the resulting images are what you see here.
MacLean is a pilot and a photographer, with a background in architecture. All of these elements of his amazing lifestyle are visible in his images, and seem to contribute to the way he sees and composes his shots. See more the collision of natural and constructed in his images below.
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We are always fascinated by artistic studies that investigate the science behind humans. This photographic series does just that.
Photographer Gao Rongguo¬†took photographs of 50-year-old twins standing face-to-face, to show the similarities and differences of how we age. From their physical features, to the differences in their hair styles and wardrobe, these photos provide a contrasting look at the way life changes people.
As if looking into a mirror, Rongguo says the portraits were set up to show how “He/she used to have the same face, living in the same family, but their lives changed due to various reasons after growing up.”
Take a look at some more twins below!
No matter what you put under a microscope, it’s going to look a little strange. From something as simple as a lily (above) to something as in-depth as the wiring of the human brain, microscopic photographs let us see the colors, textures, pores and bumps that we can’t see with our own eyes alone. And it is eerily fascinating.
The Wellcome Image Awards are a competition for just such photos, and we have some of the winners for you to take a look at here. A lot of the images were taken using a technique called Electron Microscopy. This is a process to capture an image with a beam of electrons, rather than a beam of light. The electrons interact with the subject to create the image we see in the end.
Some other techniques used in creating these images include X-ray projection, light micrographs and standard photography, among others.
Wiring of a Human Brain
Nit on Human Hair
Vitamin C Crystals
Plant Reproductive Parts
Something else you can’t see with your own eyes alone is how awesome our human DNA is! Check out our DNA Portraits to see the art you can create from your own science.
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We are big fans of typography (don’t believe us? Just check out our Pinterest account).
If you’re with us on that, you’ll love this ice typography by Nicole Dextras! It is exactly what you think, words written with letters made from ice. What makes it extra cool is that the words suit the locations, and the locations range from the Yukon River to downtown Toronto.
As well, the letters are 3D, different colors, and vary in size from 8 feet tall to 18 inches tall. Visit her website to learn more about the process she took to create her typography!
If you love the combination of nature, science, and art, you may want to check out our art — created from your DNA!
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Photographer Phillip Stearns took the notion that the camera is an extension of the eye and applied it literally to this photographic series.
He took household chemicals such as bleach, vinegar, baking soda, and rubbing alcohol and applied them to instant color film. These chemicals, combined with exposure and some 15,000 volts of alternating current, create these layered and detailed patterns across the film.
Stearns says of the final product, “I find it curious and exhilarating that the impressions left behind after developing these extreme exposures so perfectly resemble networks of blood vessels in the retina.” And we can’t help but agree — something that so resembles a science experiment produces such beautiful images and colors.
Take a look at a few more images below!
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There isn’t much we can say (or need to) about these anatomical collages by Travis Bedel¬†other than, “Wow.”
These images are created by cutting and pasting vintage artworks onto anatomical, biological and botanical images and illustrations. We are continuously surprised and impressed by the ways that¬†science and art¬†can be combined.
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Dopamine is something we’ve all had experience with, whether we realized what it was called or not. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that releases chemicals¬†and transmits information in your brain, primarily when something good or rewarding happens.
To (over)simplify, it is the happiness neurotransmitter.
A Form of Happiness — The above wooden model — is the physical chemical compound strand and it was designed by Jessica Charlesworth and Tim Parsons. Aside from the fact that this model physically represents an amazing and important scientific property, it is also beautifully designed. From the box, to the raw wood of the neurotransmitter pieces, to magnetic functionality of the parts it is sleek and intriguing.
The kit also comes with more of an explanation on the process and physical forms that dopamine takes when it is released so that you can learn while you “play”. Check out the photos below to see more of the amazing design.
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It’s no surprise that we enjoy the combination of science and art¬†¬†and these images by¬†Fabian Oefner¬†are exactly that. Oefner comes from an art and design background but has always been interested in science. His images generally depict a scientific concept, however you don’t need to know the scientific background to see the beauty in his images.
As he explains in his TED talk¬†the goal of his work is to speak to the viewer’s heart as well as their brain. For instance, the image above is created with ferrofluid which is a magnetic substance. After placing a magnet beneath the fluid and adding watercolor paint to the substance you can see the patterns and shapes begin to form. You don’t need to know that ferrofluid is hydrophobic (it won’t mix with water) to see that this image is stunning, but when you do know that the details in the image become much more evident.
Check out a few of his other images below to see the many ways science and art can collide.
If you love science check out our DNA Art!¬†
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These colorful creations were made by putting globs of paint onto a scrim which was placed over a speaker. Klimas then turned up the volume on a carefully selected track and captured the paint being tossed and thrown by the beat of the music.
It took him over 1000 shots to perfect¬†his series, but we feel it was well worth it.
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