|A stained clover stalk, Trifolium pratense|
By Eckhard Völcker
In case you aren't content to spend St. Patrick's Day hunting the clover fields for a lucky recessive trait, I recommend checking out this week in science art (mostly because you'd have to beat this guy).
Top 5 Picks of the Week
- Andrey Pavlov uses his theatre expertise to build tiny, ant-sized stages. From there, it's just a few hours laying by an anthill with his camera to capture improbable scenes.
- It takes a crazy man to hike up a mountain for a shot like this, and James Appleton knows it: “If someone had said to me, ‘Do you want to go and spend four days alone in a hut where you might get melted by lava flow or stuck in an eternal blizzard?’ I’d say no. But, if someone says you might get the best photograph of your life, I’m there in a shot. To other people that might sound like madness.”
- Watch how a paleoartist brings extinct creatures back to life (bonus: he does it with a budgie on his head).
- Planetary chocolates in fantastic packaging. Thanks to Google Chrome translator, I can tell you that Mercury tastes like coconut mango and Venus is filled with a lemon cream. Also: chocolate meteorites!
- This visual representation of magnetic field science is so beautiful and believable that some are upset about artistic distortion of scientific topics. Is the blending of art and science here too misleading?
- Macoto Murayama's digital, 3-dimensional botanical illustrations look like X-ray, blueprint hybrids.
- More botanical X-rays from places like the Millenium Seed Bank, USDA, and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
- It took 28,000 flowers to fill the halls, rooms, and stairwells of an outdated Massachusetts mental health center before demolition.
- Today is all about Saccharomyces cerevisiae (but mostly the ethanol it produces)
- Art made with simple harmonic motion and light.
- NASA releases an iPhone game to promote their Rosetta comet-finding mission.
- The photographic alphabet of physics.
- These indoor clouds are real, but they only last long enough for a photograph (and, perhaps, a lucky museum guest in the right place at the right time).
- Notes for your lab bench.
- Silver glial cell necklace.
- This bacterial Petri dish soap looks scarily real.
- An excellent set of chemistry-themed Photoshop brushes.
- Carrie Witherell's art looks like a collection of X-rays, but her images are actually painstakingly drawn, cut into tissue paper parts, and contact exposed with homemade cyanotype.
- At least phrenology charts make interesting bike helmets...
- My theory: if ammonites were as adorable in real life as they are in plushy form, maybe they wouldn't have gone extinct.
- Eckhard Völcker shot the image used in the beginning of this post. Check out the rest on his flickr site!