At first glance you would think that these spiders have been turned into a walking art project, but in fact they are naturally decorated with the sequin-esque reflective pieces on their backs.
These spiders are appropriately called mirrored, or sequined spiders and they can actually change the size of the reflective patches, depending on if they are on the move or at rest, threatened or relaxed.
Venture over to photographer Nicky Bay’s website to see some more (and less pretty) macro shots of spiders.
Via Bored Panda
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These images look like fine art paintings – but they’re not. They’re actually made from layers of microscopic images.
Artist Rebecca Clews takes hundreds of microscopic images, and combines them until they create a final work she is happy with. Many of the color and texture combinations look like abstract landscapes that reflect her growing up in rural New Mexico. The microscopes became a fixture in her work through school, and her parents background as scientists.
Take a look at some of the amazing work she has created, piece by piece.
Via My Modern Met
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When you think of bees, you might not immediately think of them as majestic, beautiful or even positive in any way. Photographer and naturalist Clay Bolt has set out to change that.
The photographs were taken for the Beautiful Bees project, and aim to change the way we think about, research and see bees. You can see from the photographs that there are many kinds of this frequently-hated insect, and a closer look reveals colors and features that are often overlooked and endearing.
Seeing the bees this way, Bolt hopes will help people to respect and protect the nature around them. See more photographs of bees, and other insects, birds and amphibians on Bolt’s website.
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We’re always looking for new ways to create personalized art, so we thought we would share our recent research with you!
We have been looking at a way to create jewellery, from your DNA. The possibilities are endless with this idea, so the process was exciting.
First we took a look at whether we would use the same sequencing procedure as we do with our portraits. We wanted to stay true to our DNA 11 customers and products, but we thought there might be some other interesting patterns in the science that we could work with. We took a look at STR data, to see if it would translate well onto a ring, bracelet, or even necklace.
The numbers in the data would transfer well into measurements of the bands, providing a delicate and perfectly unique pattern for each piece.
Another way we could go about it would be to use our original sequencing, and transfer the entire portrait, or a single ladder onto the piece.
We decided to focus on the idea of a DNA ring. Outside of the DNA data possibilities, there are so many options in the world of jewellery that we have looked at. From the size and design of the piece, to the type of material used, to the way they are physically produced, there is so much to take into consideration. We tried a few 3D-printed prototypes and even discussed with a local jeweller the possibilities of casting each ring.
We started with the above sketches and created some potential digital designs.
Once we saw how the bands could look, we moved forward with 3D printed prototypes.
We played around with silver, gold and titanium options.
We also looked at cutting out the DNA data, compared to raising it above the surface, or etching the full portrait into the ring. The ways of personalizing these pieces never ends!
If you’re familiar with our DNA Portraits, you’ll see the full banding etched into the ring in the above photo!
We’ll keep working on these ideas and let you know what we come up with! In the meantime, let us know what you think or if you have any ideas for cool DNA Art in the comments!
We’ve always highlighted works of art that collide with the world of science — this work takes that collision to a whole new level.
These portraits are made from disease-causing bacteria. Artist/Scientist Zachary Copfer used different types of bacteria for the different portraits, including that which causes respiratory infections and even some from his own body!
The portraits themselves are quite impressive, outside of the medium used to create them. The way Copfer exposes the bacteria to radiation in order to accelerate their growth causes a Lichtenstein appearance in the work as well — the spots of bacteria resembling the comic book style Lichtenstein was known for.
The other thing about creating art from bacteria is that these cells are living things, which means they will eventually die. These works of art are mortal beings.
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When you think of mushrooms — or fungi — the first thought that comes to mind is not usually how beautiful, or pretty, or fascinating they are. Generally fungus is associated, to no fault of its own, with negative thoughts like gross or weird.
Steve Axford has changed that.
A photographer based in Australia, Axford has captured some rare and undiscovered types of mushrooms. The colors, textures and overall images are so pleasing to look at that you would never think the subject was fungi. Ranging from temperate fungi (well-known) to tropical fungi (not-so-well-documented) Axford seeks out the most intriguing, visually and scientifically, animals, plants and people to photograph.
We think he’s done an amazing job with this series, check out his Flickr for even more photos.
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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!
Via Brain Pickings
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.
Via Wired Science