|Adapted from BioDivLibrary|
This week, SciArt Saturday features scientific illustration archives, excellent photojournalism, and more Muppets than you might expect.
- Watch as the creeping, icy finger of a brine plume brings seabed life to a halt. The scene at the end looks like a Stygian river of starfish.
- Some poor soul sits around digitizing old scientific illustrations all day, but boy am I glad they do.
- The jagged limestone towers of Madagascar's Stone Forest hide all sorts of spooky animals.
- Floral X-ray prints by Brendan Fitzpatrick.
- Sharon Beals' bird nest photography pairs well with her plastic waste still-life set, which also reminds me of what happens when the two meet in real life.
- Ragnar Axelsson has been documenting life in the Arctic for 30 years. His stunning black and white photos depict scenes of gradual loss as global warming forever changes landscapes and livelihoods.
- I can't seem to go a week without posting insect macros, but these shots of perfectly postured praying mantes are my favorite to date.
- G. Brad Lewis gets closer to active and erupting volcanoes than I'm ever willing to be, but it's worth it.
Technology & Design
- I've never had much luck with these crowd-sourcing science games; Phylo seeks user help in genome sequence alignment.
- Visual Science is an artsy scientist's dream --360 degree models, stunning infographics, and award-winning poster designs.
- A large-scale poster representation of the cosmos wins the NSF award for scientific visualization.
- An exhibit at The American Museum of Natural History displays scientific imaging technologies --scorpions under black light, cartilage staining, and things held under a microscope.
- Marc Quinn's enormous iris paintings remind me of an eye dissection in high school (also of this album cover).
- A literal periodic table, complete with the actual elements.
- Botanists may be an endangered species, but at least this botanical print came in the mail for me today.
- A strange sort of opera run by C. elegans
Pop Culture (but mostly Muppets)
- The science-art connection here is shaky, but I don't care because a bearded dragon can beat me at Ant Smasher on an iPhone.
- Scientifically yours, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew Ph.D. Esq. : A note to NASA
- Zoologist Mike Dickison's Ph.D. side project (brave soul) questions the evolutionary past of a well-known large, flightless bird. Now, if someone could please clue me in on what the grouchy creature in the trash can is...
- UPenn creates a squad of autonomous flying robots to play Bond theme, brings us one step closer to robot domination (probably).
- Hilarious Adopt-A-Graduate Student parody, Sarah McLachlan's sappy vocals included.