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The University of Wisconsin-Madison just announced this year’s winners of its Cool Science Image contest. After surveying 105 submissions, these 10 images were awarded. This Cool Science Image winner took a close look at mold. When food gets tough to find, slime mold become social and form multicellular organisms such as those shown here. See more.
Entomologist Steven Kutcher is a Hollywood “Bug Guy,” serving as a consultant in movies like “Jurassic Park,” “Arachnophobia” and “James and the Giant Peach.”
In the 1980s Director Steven Spielberg needed a shot where a fly walks through ink, leaving footprints.
Kutcher began experimenting for the scene, which led to his interest in prints created by insects.
This is just too cool! Pass me the cockroaches! I have a masterpiece to crawl.
Artist Claudio Garzón was building a curriculum for a summer art course in Los Angeles when the idea struck. He remembered reading about a soldier in Afghanistan who created action figures out of bottle caps so he tried it himself.
Only instead of bottle caps, Garzón used plastic debris gathered from walks along the Los Angeles River. Dubbing his initial sculptures “Plastikobots,” he began teaching art students how to make their own with the intention that they’d learn about ocean conservation at the same time.
“When the signs are out there, how could you turn a blind eye?” he said. Here’s a look at Garzón’s steampunk art made from plastic trash.
Incredible artwork — the turtles are spectacular. For more of Garzón’s steampunk creations, check out the slide show…
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro put all his ideas for `Pan’s Labyrinth’ in a notebook — then lost it.
The heavyset man ran down the London street, panting, chasing the taxi. When it didn’t stop, he hopped into another cab. “Follow that cab!” he yelled. Guillermo del Toro wasn’t directing this movie. He was living it. And it was turning into a horror tale.
The Mexican filmmaker keeps all of his ideas in leather notebooks. And Del Toro had just left four years of work in the back seat of a British cab. Unlike in the movies, though, Del Toro couldn’t catch the taxi. Visits to the police and the taxi company proved equally fruitless.
Del Toro’s films — “Chronos,” “The Devil’s Backbone,” “Blade II,” “Hellboy” — typically feature magical realism. Fate was about to return the storytelling favor.
The cabbie spotted the misplaced journal. Working from a scrap of stationery that didn’t even have the name of Del Toro’s hotel (just its logo), the driver returned the book two days later. An overwhelmed Del Toro promptly gave him an approximately $900 tip.
The sketches and the ideas in that misplaced journal — four years of notes on character design, ruminations about plot — were the foundation of “Pan’s Labyrinth,” a child’s fantasy set in the wake of the Spanish Civil War.
The director, who at the time wasn’t even sure he’d actually make “Pan’s Labyrinth,” took the cabbie’s act as a sign, and plunged himself into the movie.
wow, that movie was visually incredible for an amazing reason.
as an aside, i’d like to see a tablet computer that can help create something so incredible.
i know it’s not veteran’s day today, it was yesterday, but in case you didn’t catch it — thank a vet today.
This Veterans Day, Discovery News honors American military service personnel with a look back at some of the great battles throughout our nation’s history.
In the painting, General George Washington leads the Continental Army on Christmas Day across the Delaware River to confront Hessian forces.
The ensuing battle between the two sides would be known as the Battle of Trenton and would lead to a key victory for American forces in their struggle for independence.
See this and other photos of American military history.
thank you to all the veterans out there!
Software engineer Martin Hunt, who lives in London, has found a way to fold Star Wars ships, droids and other characters into origami. He started when he was studying math at Southampton University.He has created 20 designs already, which you can see on his website, Starwarigami, and has planned a list of 83 more designs which will be coming from a galaxy far far away.
In October, Hunt showed some of his paper versions at the London MCM Expo and Comic Con, and currently he’s seeking a publisher for a book.
Heart of Glass: The Art of Medical Models
Gary Farlow can make art out of arteries. He and his team of 10 at Farlow’s Scientific Glassblowing are able to transform the body’s vasculature—and nearly all of its other parts—into an ornate borosilicate glass sculpture, from the heart’s ventricles to the brain’s circle of Willis. “We do almost every part of the body,” Farlow says. “It can take a pretty artistic mind to make some of these things.” With the help of cardiologists, the team creates custom see-through systems for science and medical training. Their anatomically correct models can be designed to simulate blood flow, teach placement of catheters and angioplasty devices, or simply test or demo new surgical gizmos. Individual arteries, veins, and capillaries are shaped and fused together, one at a time. Ground-glass joints are added at the exposed ends so a head, say, can be connected to the carotid arteries should customers want to expand their model. A full-body setup could cost $25,000, so don’t get any bright ideas about using one as a brandy decanter.
these would look absolutely stunning in my foyer*
*author’s note: i do not have a foyer.
so many questions… how does it decide what to paint? if you had a fitful night’s sleep would the art be more aggressive? what if you had a partner in your hotel bed?
Measuring sleep usually involves attaching sensors to a person’s head and then creating basic charts and graphs based on brain waves… Not anymore, now a robot is using your dreams to create art.
It’s called the, “Sleep Art Experience,” and it’s a six-week project being promoted by five Ibis-brand hotels in France, Germany and Great Britain.
To start, 80 sensors are embedded in hotel room mattresses. They record sleep variables including motion, temperature and sound between midnight and 7 am.
That data is then transmitted via Wi-Fi to a robot housed in a studio in Paris. The robot uses an algorithm to convert the data into art, which is expressed through a series of brushstrokes on a black canvas. The result is a beautiful depiction of what an individual’s sleep looks like, blending together the best of science and art.
P.S.: “I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they’re going and hook up with them later.” — Mitch Hedberg
Alejandro Guijarro - Momentum (2010-12)
“The artist travelled to the great quantum mechanics institutions of the world and, using a large-format camera, photographed blackboards as he found them. Momentum displayed the photographs in life-size.
Before he walked into a lecture hall Guijarro had no idea what he might find. He began by recording the blackboard with the minimum of interference. No detail of the lecture hall was included, the blackboard frame was removed and we are left with a surface charged with abstract equations. Effectively these are documents. Yet once removed from their institutional beginnings the meaning evolves. The viewer begins to appreciate the equations for their line and form. Color comes into play and the waves created by the blackboard eraser suggest a vast landscape or galactic setting. The formulas appear to illustrate the worlds of Quantum Mechanics. What began as a precise lecture, a description of the physicist’s thought process, is transformed into a canvas open to any number of possibilities.”
1. Cambridge (2011)
2. Stanford (2012)
3. Berkeley I (2012)
4. Berkeley II (2012)
5. Oxford (2011)
i guess my teacher was right… math is art.