Posted in aerospace, biology, earth sciences, electronic imaging and displays, medical imaging, Optics

2014 Art of Science Competition Winners: Photos : Discovery News

Some really amazing photos in this year’s batch:

The Princeton University’s “Art of Science” exhibition displays the work of Princetonians past and present that highlights the interplay between art and science. Its entries are chosen for their aesthetics as well as the scientific or technical interest they may hold.This year’s was the seventh Princeton University Art of Science competition. Let’s take a look at the top three winners in the contest, as well as the “People’s Choice” winner and some other dazzling works. We’ll also hear from the artists via comments they made about the works they created.”Watermark,” from postdoctoral researcher Sara Sadr, was this year’s first-place winner shown above. The pattern in the image was created by water moving back and forth on the Atlantic coast. “As a hydrologist, I am fascinated by the natural phenomena of our beautiful planet,” notes Sadr. “The way water in this picture found its way back to the ocean reminded me of a peacock’s tail spreading under the sun, or a woman’s hair blowing in the wind.”

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Posted in design and architecture, earth sciences, museum

Pangea Redrawn With Today’s Political Boundaries

…Geologists have been less concerned with accounting for Pangea’s placement of countries than its placement of continents. In response, Massimo Pietrobon redrew the map of Pangea, painstakingly accounting for the political boundaries that separate us today. And what he rendered is astounding to ponder.

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Posted in communication and networking, design and architecture, earth sciences

An Artist Who Turns Data Into 3-D Displays

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We’re deep in the midst of a data viz heyday. Infographics are ubiquitous, presenting facts and data sets in straightforward ways that are, by design, easy to understand. Willem Besselink takes a different approach by translating directed sets of information into physical forms. What’s not explicit, however, are the complex stats that inspire each work.

Each new installation is dictated by its own unique guidelines and rules, which themselves are based on a number of dependent variables, including site-specifics, materials, color scheme, and budget. “Setting these up and following them all through the project allows–or forces–me to do what needs to be done,” he says, in part following the lead of “hero” Sol Lewitt’s Sentences on Conceptual Art.

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Sol LeWitt, Untitled lithograph 1992

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art of instruction + contest | DesignSponge

Design*Sponge is featuring a very cool book today that contains illustrations from science textbooks and educational charts over the 19th and 20th century, curated specifically for their aesthetic value.

illustrations of flowers from old science textbooks

Design*Sponge contributor Amy Azzarito writes:

I’m 100% certain that if the education charts in my junior high science class looked like those found in this book, I would have gotten a much better grade. A few years ago, I hunted down a chart of sea plants in Paris found at the most magical of natural history stores, Deyrolle. It is still one of my favorite pieces of art. Katrien Van der Schueren, owner of voila! Gallery in Los Angeles, has been collecting educational charts for over a decade. In this volume, Katrien compiled over 100 of these vintage educational posters for the Art of Instruction. The book’s charts cover subjects ranging from the anatomy of a tulip or apple tree to that of a hedgehog or starfish. The book is just now available for pre-order.

Van de Schueren, the author of the book, is also hosting a giveaway:

To celebrate the book’s launch, Katrien is gifting one lucky reader the chart depicted on the book’s cover! To enter, just leave a comment below describing your favorite poster from childhood; it doesn’t have to be an instructional poster.

check out closeups and more previews of the book via art of instruction + contest | DesignSponge.

Posted in earth sciences, physics

Glass Beach – nature shapes trash into beauty | Kuriositas

Oh my god, am I dreaming?! This beach full, FULL, of beach glass looks too magical to be true!

glass beach Fort Bragg

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved to collect beach glass. I found these images at Kuriositas, and I was amazed! Amazed that I had never heard of this place as a California native, and amazed at how mastefully and quickly the ocean had beaten the glass down into shiny beach pebbles.

glass pebbles at Glass Beach Fort Bragg, California

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that a rubbish dump being created would, in the space of a century, become a protected area. Yet that is exactly what happened to what has come to be known as Glass Beach, just outside Fort Bragg in California.

Apparently residents used to just chuck their trash over the cliffs into the ocean below. Over the years the glass broke down, and washed back up onto the shore, better for wear.

The waves and the weather had smashed, pounded and ground the glass in to smooth, small, rounded objects – million upon million of them.

check out more pictures via Kuriositas: Glass Beach – Nature Corrects Another of Our Mistakes.

This is such a HUGE testament to the power and physics of nature, how it can take objects of various sizes, shapes, and weight and break, sand, and mold them into beautiful rounded beach pebbles.

Plus it’s just so pretty!!!! 🙂

Have you been here? Have you seen this place in real life? Do you know of similar beaches? Let me know in the comments below!