The closer to the end the more satisfying it gets…
Another interesting property of the logarithmic spiral is revealed if you roll it along a horizontal line. This animation shows the curves traced by points on the spiral, and note that the very centre follows the path of a straight line. The angle between this line and the horizontal is called the pitch of the spiral, and for our spiral galaxy the pitch is around 12 degrees. [more] [code]
Frustrated by the constant, inaccurate representations of viruses in textbooks and the media, Jerram was inspired to create his transparent and colorless Glass Microbiology series in 2004. To recreate each virus in glass as accurately as possible, he consulted with virologists from the University of Bristol. Jerram also collaborated with professional glassblowers such as Kim George, for help with the intricate and delicate pieces. Each handmade viral sculpture measures roughly one million times larger than the pathogen it represents.
02. Enterovirus 71
04. Human papillomavirus
05. swine flu
© Luke Jerram, 2004
Bubble Man Tom Novy
© Olivier Blaise
Jellyfishes are completely extraterrestrial beings. Graceful, dangerous, beautiful. They hover in the water slowly waving their dome and spreading long tentacles in huge volume.
© Alexander Semonov
Seashells through the microscope
© Daniel Stoupin
Light in a circular cavity makes a variety of standing wave patterns, some of which look like flowers, wagon wheels, or even tie-fighter spaceships. These images are from my simulations of the light in the cavities of nanolasers - each pattern is called a mode, and the smaller the laser, the simpler the mode tends to be.
In our lasers, the modes that tend to do the best are the whispering gallery modes - for example, the rightmost mode on the second row. Whispering gallery modes get their name from the whispering gallery phenomenon first noticed with sound waves in cathedral domes. People noticed that if they stood along the perimeter of some cathedral domes, the sound waves from a whisper would bounce along the walls of the dome, and could be clearly heard at certain other places along the dome’s perimeter. Whispering gallery modes appear not just for light and sound, but for other kinds of waves as well, like matter waves and gravitational waves.
We recently got to meet up with Janelle and interview her about this research. One day computers will use this technology to transfer data at much higher rates.
Ernst Haeckel: Die Radiolarien
This volume has kindly been provided by Prof. Dr. Peter von Sengbusch (Institut für allgemeine Botanik, Hamburg, Germany).
© (of the HTML version) 1998 by Kurt Stüber.
Wiki: “The Radiolaria are protozoa of (diameter 0.1–0.2 mm) that produce intricate mineral skeletons, typically with a central capsule dividing the cell into the inner and outer portions of endoplasm and ectoplasm.”
Phyllotaxis of plants..
photos: Uwe Alfer
O. E. Pol, Illustration of initial primes
Wasp’s nest Geometry in nature, looks like the flower of life
”Attention is a slow, long kiss from Awareness. My dating coach, Albert Einstein, once said that any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. And while looking at this fruit — this glorious, geometry of chromatic intensity that can tell the story of Lifekind if you can read in seed —if we gobble down things like this blind we impoverish experience. Pay attention. Kiss EVERYTHING.” - My friend, Andy
Macoto Murayama is a Japanese architect who has delved into art with this intricate series of floral blueprints. His process is quite fascinating. First he dissects a flower with scalpel and observes it with a magnifying glass. Next he makes sketches and photographs the parts of dissected flower. With the sketches complete, he begins modeling using 3ds Max (CGI software). He then renders separate parts and creates a composition using Adobe Photoshop. According to Murayama, the transparency of his work refers not only to the lucid petals of a flower, but to the ambitious, romantic and utopian struggle of science to see and present the world as transparent (completely seen, entirely grasped) object. His work was recently featured in a Panasonic spot. Be sure to check out that video after the jump.