Turkish artist Hüseyin Sahin has a vivid imagination, judging by these digital collages he dreamed up. He shows a beautiful use of lighting and blending. It’s great to see this type of surrealist creativity, it often jars loose some unique ideas of our own. Via Colossal and Behance:
A CNC machine is not elegant. It’s huge and cumbersome, with wires cords and complicated settings. But the output of a CNC can be beautiful. Take these bird sculptures, for example. Created byMoisés Hernández Design Studio, the simplified bird forms are made smooth and streamlined, and then color dipped for a very soft and warm effect.
Antelope Canyon is world renowned for its undulating, curvaceous beauty, and the way light turns the sandstone walls into colorful canvasses. Photographer Doran Hannes does it amazing justice with his collection, Antelope Canyon – A Case Study. Via Behance:
China has recently completed construction of the world’s biggest solar farm. Called Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, the operation generates 850 Megawatts of electricity, which for the uninitiated, is enormous. Containing over four million solar panels, the plant can generate enough power from the sun to run nearly a quarter of a million homes. The Guardian has a good look at the new solar park, part of China’s giant effort to clean up their electrical generation. As solar prices get cheaper, look for more of these giant installations to help take our planet out of the age of coal, oil and gas.
The Placenta Rainbow highlights differences in mouse placental development that can result from manipulation of the mother’s immune system. These placentas were investigated at day 12 of the 20-day gestation period – the point at which a mouse’s placenta has gained its characteristic shape but is still developing.
The Wellcome Image Awards recognizes beauty and achievement in scientific photography. Their subject matter differs, but all of the winning images share one thing in common: a love and appreciation for science, and it’s inherent visual beauty. Here are a selection of unique and wonderful picks, with subject matter ranging from cat skin to mouse placentas. All captions from the Wellcome Image Awards.
A polarised light micrograph of a section of cat skin, showing hairs, whiskers and their blood supply. This sample is from a Victorian microscope slide. Blood vessels were injected with a red dye called carmine dye (here appearing black) in order to visualise the capillaries in the tissue, a newly developed technique at the time.
Native to the Pacific Ocean, Hawaiian bobtail squid are nocturnal predators that remain buried under the sand during the day and come out to hunt for shrimp near coral reefs at night. The squid have a light organ on their underside that houses a colony of glowing bacteria called Vibrio fischeri. The squid provide food and shelter for these bacteria in return for their bioluminescence.
This image shows a 3D reconstruction of an African grey parrot, post euthanasia. The 3D model details the highly intricate system of blood vessels in the head and neck of the bird and was made possible through the use of a new research contrast agent called BriteVu (invented by Scott Echols). This contrast agent allows researchers to study a subject’s vascular system in incredible detail, right down to the capillary level.
Short genetic sequences called microRNAs, which control the proper function and growth of cells, are being investigated by researchers as a possible cancer therapy. However, their potential use is limited by the lack of an efficient system to deliver these microRNAs specifically to cancerous cells. Researchers at MIT have developed such a system, combining two microRNAs with a synthetic polymer to form a stable woven structure a bit like a net. This synthetic net can coat a tumour and deliver the two microRNAs locally to cancer cells.
You read that correctly, your eyes are lying to you. While these strawberries look red, the blue tint to the photo permeates the whole picture, and there are actually no red pixels in the image at all. Your brain is trained to think it sees certain colors, which is why the strawberries still appear red. A visual illusion called color constancy, the image was created by Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka.
If you need proof, this GIF below shows the same image in Photoshop, with the color picker showing how “red” is actually just a different shade of blue/green. Isn’t science cool? Via CNET:
This is just Wow. As an Oregonian, I’m very proud of my state. It’s people and politics and nature all add up to something special. But I’ve never seen the Beaver state like this, and I bet you haven’t either. Made using infrared converted cameras, Sam Forencich has created a masterpiece of scenery and landscape. Beautifully shot using drones and time lapse, the scenery looks completely otherworldly thanks to the way infrared lights things up. Mount Hood comes alive with colors you’ve never seen. Crater Lake looks like an alien landscape from a science fiction movie. Edited with brilliantly choreographed sound design, this is a fullscreen, sound-on affair. Do yourself a favor and devote 5 minutes fully to this video, entitled Invisible Oregon. It’s amazing. Via LaughingSquid:
Located in the middle of Porto’s Unesco World Heritage site, Studio FAHR 021.3has created a bold sculpture that brings strong contrast to the ancient city’s architecture. Made from large ventilation tubes, the sphere, entitled Eclipse has a great balance between form and negative space. Via Visuall:
“Here are some sculptures I have been working on….simple as that really.”
His work is defined by human forms abstracted into geometric shapes and objects. They’re also photographed in a unique way, using a finger painted background motif to add depth and interest. Nice work. Via Behance:
In a beautiful and inspiring series, Federico Picci portrays music from a grand piano spilling out as soft, pink bubbles. Entitled Filling Spaces, the bubbles consume the space, giving a sense of buoyancy, movement, and positivity. As a pianist himself, Picci can speak to the emotion that playing can give, and he absolutely nails this series. Via Artistic Odyssey: