Science Photographer Reveals Beauty of the Microscopic World

Linden Gledhill is a photographer with a background in biochemistry, and lately, he's been using his scientific training to make the microscopic world look absolutely breathtaking. » 3/22/15 3:00pm 3/22/15 3:00pm

Lose Yourself In The Captivating Kinetic Sculptures of Jennifer Townley 

The 19th-Century Artist Who Sketched Fossils In Their Death Poses

When scientists and technicians from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences were excavating Iguanodon and crocodile skeletons in Bernissart, artist Gustave Lavalette was commissioned to sketch the skeletons before they were removed from the ground. » 3/02/15 4:00pm 3/02/15 4:00pm

How To: Build A World-Class Insect-Photography Rig For Under $6,000

Six thousand bucks is a lot of money, but it's small change compared to the price of many professional camera kits. » 2/25/15 12:50pm 2/25/15 12:50pm

Gorgeous Banknotes Feature Flora, Fauna—And Skeletons Under UV Light

For her Master's project, graphic designer Barbara Bernát created a fictional currency she calls the Hungarian Euro. Instead of people or monuments, the obverse and reverse of Bernat's notes feature beautiful illustrations of European animals and plants; beneath UV light, the skeletal anatomies of the former become… » 2/23/15 12:10pm 2/23/15 12:10pm

Scientific Sushi Art Is The Best Sushi Art

Japanese chef Takayo "Tama-cha" Kiyota uses carefully arranged food to create cross-sectional sushi-roll art. Her subjects include everything from popular iconography to Japanese demons, but I'm particularly impressed by the rolls with some scientific flair. This single roll depicts different stages of embryological… » 1/15/15 3:30pm 1/15/15 3:30pm

The Beatles' "Across The Universe" Recreated With Sounds From Comet 67P

The accompanying music in this video by singer Andrew Huang was produced entirely from sounds of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as recorded by the Rosetta space probe's Plasma Consortium. » 11/22/14 8:45am 11/22/14 8:45am

Honor Our Heroic Space Robots with These Beautiful Posters

The folks at Chop Shop are crowdfunding a series of posters dedicated to three of NASA's most awe-inspiring interplanetary robotic space missions: Voyager, Cassini/Huygens, and Curiosity. » 11/06/14 4:40pm 11/06/14 4:40pm

There Is "Epic Movement" In A Water Drop

Directed and animated by artist Sharon Liu, Geronimo! is a whimsical, watercolor-illustrated reminder of the "epic movement we miss in every drop" of water. If you're familiar with the fluid mechanics of water droplets, you'll understand the reference; if you're not, it's high time you learned about coalescence… » 10/30/14 4:30pm 10/30/14 4:30pm

Eleanor Lutz's Animated Guide To Breathing

Designer Eleanor Lutz is fast becoming one of our very favorite science-visualization artists. Her latest work provides a mesmerizing look at the weird and wonderful ways that animals breathe. (Did you know, for example, that grasshoppers have no lungs?) » 10/26/14 10:00am 10/26/14 10:00am

The Art on These Endangered Species Stamps Is Incredible

Since 1993, the United Nations has worked to increase global awareness of endangered species through a special set of commemorative postal stamps released each year. This year's set was released today, and features an array of 12 beautifully drawn endangered marine animals. » 10/23/14 6:42pm 10/23/14 6:42pm

The Seven Wonders of the Moon

The prospect of future tourists gawking at the ice fountains of Enceladus, the volcanoes of Io and the grand canyons of Mars has many people forgetting what's in their own backyard. » 10/18/14 2:00pm 10/18/14 2:00pm

This Glass Sculpture Is Like Watching Beautiful CGI in Real Life

"Emulsifier" is a captivating anamorphic sculpture created by Thomas Medicus. The Innsbrook-based artist hand painted 160 strips of glass and arranged them on a rotating base. As the sculpture turns, the painted rods align to reveal one of four transient motifs. » 10/16/14 11:30am 10/16/14 11:30am

Luminous Nature Photographs Will Restore Your Sense of Wonder

Your Body, the Machine... Literally

Once upon a time it was quite popular to depict the human body in terms of machinery. The idea was that all of the functions and organs of the body could be equated on a one-to-one basis with machinery and technology: the eyes were cameras, the lungs bellows, the arms derricks, etc. The result was scores of books… » 9/27/14 10:00am 9/27/14 10:00am

A Sculpture Shows a City's Mood By Translating Tweets Into Colored Goo

Monolitt is an Oslo art exhibit created by Norwegian artists Syver Lauritzsen and Eirik Haugen Murvoll. The waist-high object identifies the emotions in tweets, matches the emotion to a predetermined color, and oozes that color in paint out of the top. It's like city-wide techno-mood ring. Only cooler than that… » 9/26/14 2:30am 9/26/14 2:30am

This Is How You Make Art from Microscopic Forms

The arrangement of diatoms into tiny works of art goes back to the Victorian era, but Klaus Kemp has made that old form into a more complex modern one. And now Matthew Killip has made a short film with Kemp showing how he does it. » 9/19/14 1:30am 9/19/14 1:30am

The Seven Wonders of the Solar System

People like to make lists of things, especially lists of superlatives: the best, fastest, oldest, largest, heaviest and so on. There are lists of the ten fastest animals and the ten longest rivers and even of the ten highest-paid rock stars. The Guinness company created a small industry from publishing lists exactly… » 9/14/14 3:30pm 9/14/14 3:30pm

This Dinosaur Tricycle Kills State-Funded Religious Education

Artist Markus Moestue made headlines recently by pedaling across Norway's bible belt (a term describing the Southern and Western parts of Norway, apparently) on a hand crafted dino-trike – a tour he undertook in protest "against the dogmatic religious education of children" in state schools. See now this raptor-tastic… » 9/10/14 10:30am 9/10/14 10:30am