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Beautiful video of diatom images

December 22nd, 2014

The Diatomist:  Amazing hidden worlds become visible through the Victorian art of arranging microscopic algae in kaleidoscopic patterns.

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The Diatomist follows Klaus Kemp, one of the last remaining practitioners of the Victorian art form of diatom arrangement, as he hunts down specimens in the UK’s ditches, troughs and gutters to create new displays that are marvels of dexterity and imagination. An admitted obsessive, Kemp has spent years perfecting the practice. His wondrous creations offer a lovely portal into the world of Victorian art and its intersection with science, of aesthetics entwined with investigation.


Living Large: microscopes find beauty in the most unexpected places

December 22nd, 2014

The latest Scientific American [v. 312, no. 1, Jan. 2015] has an article about microscopy: Living Large: microscopes find beauty in the most unexpected places by Kate Wong

Stunning Images from the 2014 Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition

BARNACLE APPENDAGES

The pesky white crusts that collect on boat hulls conceal remarkably intricate creatures, as this photograph of a barnacle’s legs reveals. Neurobiologist Igor Siwanowicz of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute produced the image by removing the animal’s soft tissues and staining the remaining exoskeleton with dyes that bind to a polymer known as chitin. “I was always fascinated with the diversity and versatility of crustaceans’ appendages—the filter-feeding legs of barnacles are just one example of what can evolve from the common ancestral limb design,” he observes.


AMS Newsletter Fall 2014

December 22nd, 2014

AMS Newsletter Fall 2014