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Scientific Imaging Review

As I’ve been scanning the Internet waves, I’ve been coming across a lot of very impressive and aesthetically pleasing images created originally for science. I haven’t done a self-created collection & study of images in awhile (if at all really), so I figured no time like the present. I will start small and work my way out.

Image created by Albert Pan/Harvard University
Image created by Albert Pan/Harvard University

Harvard University neurobiologist Albert Pan studies how zebra fish distinguish painful sensations from other sensory stimuli.” Using an Olympus FluoView FV1000 con­focal microscope using a 20x objective and a photomultiplier tube, each neuron cell produces a different color, so Pan was able to trace the neural networks inside the fish. 


Image created by Charles Mazel
Image created by Charles Mazel

 Charles Mazel studies coral in Honduras, and specifically their ability to glow, or give off flourescence. “The researchers speculate that the glow may attract the symbiotic algae that provide corals with key nutrients, since the algae tend to gather around green light.”

Airspace Map

For an interactive experience (this IS the Internet, after all), Artist Aaron Koblin used satellite images from United States’ flight patterns in a 24-hour period in 2008 to create a multi-level map/art piece. “This project was a collaboration among Aaron Koblin, FlightView and Wired Magazine.”

Dinoj Surendran, Microsoft Research, and Mark Subbarao, Adler Planetarium/KICP/University of Chicago
Dinoj Surendran, Microsoft Research, and Mark Subbarao, Adler Planetarium/KICP/University of Chicago

This image was taken by the the Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope. In operation for almost nine years (well into adulthood for a telescope) “the Sloan telescope has a field of view so wide it can image 36 full moons’ worth of sky at once.” See more images at the telescope’s homepage.

So there you have it, the big and the small of it.

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Beth Kelley is a writer and researcher with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.