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 are always fascinated by artistic studies that investigate the science behind humans. This photographic series does just that.
Photographer Gao RongguoÂ 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!
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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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At first glance, you would never think that these images have anything to do with science. But as we know,Â 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!Â
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 saysÂ 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 earthâ€™s energy sources.”
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.
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 CordĂłn 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 canâ€™t help but stare in awe at the beauty captured in these images. All the while portraying the intensity of one of Mother Natureâ€™s most powerful, creative works.
It’s no secret that DNA is one of our passions! When we stumbled upon this greatÂ infographic, we knew we had to share. Created by Microsoft Project’s series, Great Projects, the infographic explores the plans, specs, and outcome of the great Human Genome Project (HGP).
Completed in 2003, the HGP is considered the largest collaborative biological project in history. It aided scientists in mapping out our genetic blueprint, pinpointing disease causing genes, and gave us major insight into our evolutionary history. Read up on some more interesting facts about HGP above!
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Check out these unique pendant lamps, created by California-based Roxy Russell Design. Named the Medusae Collection, each of the four lamps in this series are designed to resemble freshwater jellyfish. The lamps all measure aabout three feet in height, and are created from polyester mylar.
What do you think of these rare designs? Would you hang one in your home to spice up your dĂ©cor? Share with us in the comments!
If you love unique design as much as we do, don’t forget to check out our DNA Art!
Created by artist Noah Scalin, this portrait series called Natural SelectionÂ 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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