Elipse de Van Schooten
B.W Betts - 1887
"Geometrical Psychology or The Science of Representation"
"These forms represent the course of development of human consciousness from the animal basis, the pure sense-consciousness, to the spiritual or divine consciousness; both which extremes are not man - the one underlying, the other transcending the limits of human evolution.”
(Section I, page 9)
Sacred Geometry in the Solar System and in the Galaxy
© 2001 John Martineau - A little Book of Coincidence
Complex works of the Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo
Coccolithophores are single celled eukaryotic phytoplankton that synthesize intricate exoskeletons from crystals of calcium carbonate. The functions of these coccoliths are unknown, and may include buoyancy, osmotic regulation, protection from UV light, predation, or mechanical shock. When nutrient and light conditions are optimal, coccolithophores can form massive plankton blooms that are visible from space. Large numbers of these organisms can accumulate on the ocean floor forming chalk deposits such as the White Cliffs of Dover.
Laura Splan, from the series Doilies, 2004 (source)
“Doilies is a series of computerized machine embroidered doilies. The design of each doily is based on a different viral structure [SARS, HIV, Herpes virus, Influenza virus, and Hepadna/Hepatitis B virus, respectively]. The lace doily has traditionally referenced designs and motifs from nature. Furthermore, these decorative objects would be heirlooms, handed down from one generation to the next. The work explores the “domestication” of microbial and biomedical imagery. Many recent events, epidemics, and commercial products have brought this imagery into our living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. Bio-terrorism, SARS, and antibacterial soaps alike have all heightened our awareness of the microbial world. Doilies serve as a metaphor for the way we have adapted our everyday lives to these now everyday concerns. Here domestic artifacts and heirlooms manifest the psychological heredity of our cultural anxieties.”
Ferrofluids become strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field to an extent that it creates 3-dimensional fractal patterns and sculptures
The Olympus BioScapes Competition is widely recognized as the world’s foremost showcase for outstanding images and movies of life science subjects captured through light microscopes:
1. Dr. Igor Siwanowicz
HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus
Ashburn, Virginia, United States
Specimen: Single-cell fresh water algae (desmids). Composite image including, concentric from the outside: Micrasterias rotata, Micrasterias sp., M. furcata, M. americana, 2x M. truncata, Euastrum sp. and Cosmarium sp.
Technique: Confocal imaging, 400x
2. Mr. Spike Walker
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Specimen: Lily flower bud, transverse section.
Technique: Darkfield illumination, stitched images
3. Dr. Igor Siwanowicz
HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus Ashburn, Virginia, United States
Specimen: Rotifers around a single-cell green alga (desmid Staurastrum sexangulare).
Technique: Confocal imaging, magnification 400x
4. Mr. Frank Fox
Trier, Rheinland-Pflaz, Germany
Specimen: Diatom from oamaru fossil
5.Mr. Rogelio Moreno Gill
Panama City, Panama
Specimen: Micrasterias furcata from lake sample.
Technique: Widefield fluorescence (autofluorescence) with 3D deconvolution, image stacks
Clathrin is a triskelion-shaped protein that forms vesicles. Vesicles carry substances of importance to the cell’s maintenance that must remain isolated from the cytoplasm. These substances have to be safely trasported from one organelle to another so organelles can communicate to each other. Vesicles bud into the cytoplasm from an organelle’s surface, and then fuse with the target organelle.
Clathrin cages are composed of symmetrical three-legged components called triskelions. Clathrin doesn’t bind directly to a membrane to form vesicles, instead, it binds to adaptor proteins that recognize molecules on a membrane surface.
An animation of the hexagonal storm present on Saturn’s north pole. The hexagon is 30,000 kilometers across and has constant winds of more than 300 kilometers per hour. Images acquired by the Cassini spacecraft on December 10th, 2012.
For more information, please visit: botany.si.edu/projects/algae
© Andy Ellison
01. Pascal’s Triangle ©1974 Agnes Denes
02. The human argument ©1974 Agnes Denes
03. Sun mathematics ©1974 Agnes Denes
"This is postprocessed snowflakes, cropped from full 12mp shots, mix from 2009-2013 years. Usually i add to them artifical colors, because original shots almost monochromatic and looks not appealing. Some snowflakes captured in standard macro mode, others with Helios 44 add-on:"