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Posted in Art+Science, Science by Brittany on February 4th, 2014
 

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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.

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Via Colossal

 
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Posted in Art+Science, Just Cool, Science by Brittany on February 2nd, 2014
 

Long Exposure Photographs Powered by Fruit Batteries

These long exposure photographs are unique in the way they are composed and presented, making them artistically appealing. But there is something else unique about these photos — the lighting in them is powered by the fruit, which makes them scientifically appealing as well.

Art and science is our specialty, and we love these images. Photographer Caleb Charland attached galvanized nails and copper wire to the fruit to generate enough electricity to power the lightbulbs in the shot. If you’re thinking that this reminds you of grade school science class, you’re on the same track as Charland.

He says this project expands on the potato battery idea, “This work speaks to a common curiosity we all have for how the world works as well as a global concern for the future of earth’s energy sources.”

Long Exposure Photographs Powered by Fruit Batteries

Long Exposure Photographs Powered by Fruit Batteries

Long Exposure Photographs Powered by Fruit “Batteries”

Long Exposure Photographs Powered by Fruit Batteries

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Posted in Art in Nature, Art+Science, Just Cool, Science by Brittany on January 25th, 2014
 

Bioluminescent Organisms Turn a Maldives Beach into Glowing Ocean Scenery

Scientific reactions and effects often create amazing visual art — you just have to be lucky enough to capture it on time! Taiwanese photographer Will Ho was vacationing on the Maldives Islands when he was just so lucky.

These stunning photographs, taken by Ho, feature bioluminescent phytoplankton — or light-emitting microorganisms — found in the ocean. These microorganisms glow and can be seen when they are under stress, as seen here when the water hits the shore, or if they are stepped on or agitated.

Bioluminescent Organisms Turn a Maldives Beach into Glowing Ocean Scenery

Bioluminescent Organisms Turn a Maldives Beach into Glowing Ocean Scenery

Bioluminescent Organisms Turn a Maldives Beach into Glowing Ocean Scenery

The colors in this collision of art + science reminds us of our DNA Portrait colour “Deep”! Check out some of our color options here.

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Posted in Art in Nature, Art+Science, Just Cool, Science by Brittany on January 23rd, 2014
 

Photographs by Francisco Negroni Capture an Amazing Volcanic Eruption in Chile

When it comes to unique art sometimes Mother Nature does the creative work for us, and all we have to do is stand back and admire. These awesome photos, taken by Chilean photographer Francisco Negroni, show the Cordón Caulle volcano erupting and producing incredible visual effects.

Between the clouds, smoke, lightning and lava — the array of shapes and colors is incredible. As big fans of color, we can’t help but stare in awe at the beauty captured in these images. All the while portraying the intensity of one of Mother Nature’s most powerful, creative works.

Photographs by Francisco Negroni Capture an Amazing Volcanic Eruption in Chile

Photographs by Francisco Negroni Capture an Amazing Volcanic Eruption in Chile

Photographs by Francisco Negroni Capture an Amazing Volcanic Eruption in Chile

Photographs by Francisco Negroni Capture an Amazing Volcanic Eruption in Chile
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Posted in Art+Science, Cool Art Ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on January 3rd, 2014
 

Beautiful Photos of Soap Bubbles Freezing by Angela Kelly

When art and science collide, it’s a beautiful thing! We are intrigued by these stunning photos captured by Washington-based photographer Angela Kelly. The photo series is titled “Frozen in a Bubble”, and gives you an up-close look at soap bubbles as they freeze in -9°c weather.

Kelly got the idea when she took her son outside to blow bubbles, made using a simple solution of dish soap, karo syrup, and water. She says, “we blew the bubbles across the top of our frozen patio table and also upon the hood of my car and then we watched in awe as each individual bubble froze with their own unique patterns”. We absolutely love the results! What do you think? Share with us in the comments!

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Beautiful Photos of Soap Bubbles Freezing by Angela Kelly

Beautiful Photos of Soap Bubbles Freezing by Angela Kelly

Beautiful Photos of Soap Bubbles Freezing by Angela Kelly

Beautiful Photos of Soap Bubbles Freezing by Angela Kelly

Beautiful Photos of Soap Bubbles Freezing by Angela Kelly

Beautiful Photos of Soap Bubbles Freezing by Angela Kelly

Beautiful Photos of Soap Bubbles Freezing by Angela Kelly

Beautiful Photos of Soap Bubbles Freezing by Angela Kelly

Beautiful Photos of Soap Bubbles Freezing by Angela Kelly

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Posted in Art+Science, Cool Art Ideas, Just Cool, Science by Courtney on October 17th, 2013
 

A Portrait Series of Famous Scientists Created Using Everyday Objects

Created by artist Noah Scalin, this portrait series called Natural Selection depicts famous scientists by using everyday materials. Scalin has chosen some great scientists, whose works have made an incredible impression on our world — Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Rosalind Franklin, Alan Turing.

Each portrait is laid out as a diptych, including a portrait of the deceased scientist as well as a representation of their skull. The portraits were created using materials such as feathers, computer keys, and even dice. What do you think of Scalin’s unorthodox portraits? Share with us in the comments!

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A Portrait Series of Famous Scientists Created Using Everyday Objects

A Portrait Series of Famous Scientists Created Using Everyday Objects

A Portrait Series of Famous Scientists Created Using Everyday Objects

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Posted in Art+Science, Cool Design of the Week, Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on September 19th, 2013
 

Inspirational Design of the Week: Outdoor Constellation Wall

A fun, unique, and interactive outdoor light installation combining two of our favorite things — art + science! Created by LGA Architectural Partners for a family in Toronto, Canada, the firm depicted a starry night sky on the family’s garage door.

The design includes representations of the constellations Sagittarius, Scorpio, as well as Orion. The patterns were created using a laser-cutter, after which LED lights were installed  to illuminate the design from behind — the lights were fitted in the four-inch-deep cavity of the doors.

We absolutely love the installation, and what it adds to the outdoor atmosphere of this home. It’s a true conversation piece, that we’re sure will remain with them for many years. What are your thoughts on the design? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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Posted in Art+Science, Inspiration, Just Cool, Science by Courtney on July 4th, 2013
 

Beautiful Photos of Lightbulbs Filled with Colorful Objects Exploding

Unique art is our passion, we revel in it! That’s why we’re slightly obsessed with this cool new project by photographer Jon Smith. He focuses on capturing high speed photos of incandescent light bulbs filled with various objects — liquids, powders, dessert sprinkles. He will sometimes dip the bulbs in paint, before filling them, to create even more of a ‘wow’ factor upon impact. Smith’s mind-bending photos are set to be turned into metal prints, and displayed later this year at a show in the United States.

What do you think of Smith’s cool mix of art + science? Share with us in the comments!

Beautiful Photos of Lightbulbs Filled with Colorful Objects Exploding

Beautiful Photos of Lightbulbs Filled with Colorful Objects Exploding

Beautiful Photos of Lightbulbs Filled with Colorful Objects Exploding

Beautiful Photos of Lightbulbs Filled with Colorful Objects Exploding

Beautiful Photos of Lightbulbs Filled with Colorful Objects Exploding

Beautiful Photos of Lightbulbs Filled with Colorful Objects Exploding

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Posted in Art+Science, Inspiration, International, Just Cool, Science by Courtney on April 12th, 2013
 

Gorgeous Macro Photography of The Elements

Check out these absolutely brilliant photos by Japanese chemist and photographer, R. Tanaka. His goal was to capture a microscopic look into some of the world’s most photogenic elements, and he’s managed to do just that. We’re blown away by this rare mix of art + science, and his ability to turn these mysterious substances into a work of beauty and intrigue. He’s managed to bring the periodic table of elements to life with his fascinating project.

Watch him turn elements such as bismuth, platinum, and even lead into art below.

Gorgeous Macro Photography of The Elements

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Gorgeous Macro Photography of The Elements

Gold

Gorgeous Macro Photography of The Elements

Osmium

Gorgeous Macro Photography of The Elements

Tellurium

Gorgeous Photography of The Elements

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Photo credit: Neatorama 

 
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Posted in Art+Science, International, Just Cool, Science by Courtney on January 24th, 2013
 

We’ve recently been hearing some very big, and very interesting news out of the DNA world! Researchers have claimed to have found a more efficient alternative to storing information on a computer hard drive — rather they are suggesting they have the capabilities to replace the hard drive with DNA. Via Engadget:

We’ve seen scientists experiment with DNA as a storage medium — most recently with a Harvard team fitting 704TB of data onto a single gram of the genetic material — and it looks like that research trend is only picking up. Scientists at the European Bioinformatics Institute in the UK have encoded an MP3 file — along with a digital photo and all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets — into DNA, with a hulking storage density of 2.2 petabytes per gram. The information was written using the language of DNA’s four bases (A, T, C and G, if you remember high-school bio), and to provide error correction the scientists reserved one of the letters to break up long runs of any of the other three bases. In practice, this system allowed for 100-percent accuracy in sequencing and retrieving the encoded files. Though DNA storage is still quite expensive, the researchers say this method could eventually provide a viable option for archiving information, especially considering DNA’s high capacity and long life span. Still, you won’t be ditching that hard drive just yet.

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Photo credit: The Telegraph

 

 
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