Selections from Wired’s wonderful gallery of Science as Art: Nanoscale Materials Imitate Everything From Flowers to Frost
Long ago, Mars had the conditions and ingredients to support life.
That conclusion—the first ever made about another celestial body—was announced today by the Curiosity rover team after a wildly successful drilling campaign into what may have once been the bed of a Martian lake.
“We have found a habitable environment,” said John Grotzinger, project scientist for the Curiosity mission. “The water that was here was so benign and supportive of life that if a human had been on the planet back then, they could drink it.”
Read the article here.
General Relativity in 8 gifs
Drawing / Origin of the beginning by Levi van Veluw
This drawing is part of Origin of the Beginning. Portrayed in this piece is a room with empty cabinets and 150 floating icosahedron shapes. This room is an abstract representation of van Veluw’s boyhood bedroom. The cabinet stands for his obsessive attempts to gain control on his life by organizing his surroundings.
Although the geometric shapes are symmetric, they are moving though space in a chaotic way. The daily struggle to regulate the chaos is part of the concept but simultaneously van Veluw’s reality.
Facts, Science World Ads (Museum of Science, Vancouver), Part I
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Different densities of liquids
From photographer Bhautik Joshi 2012: Neat demonstration of three aspects of atmospheric physics here - the high-G turn slowed the plane enough to permit a sharp photograph, which in turn caused a region of high pressure on the top surface of the plane which condensed moisture out of the air for the ethereal vapor trails, which in turn scatter sunlight from behind creating a transient rainbow.