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Chlorociboria | ©João P. Burini
Piedade, São Paulo, Brazil.
Chlorociboria is a genus of stunning blue-green cup-fungus belonging to the family Helotiaceae. The mycelium of this fungus grows through the wood of hardwoods, including poplar, aspen, oak and ash, and stains it conspicuously blue-green. The stained wood is often seen but the fruit bodies are less frequent.
The infected wood, known as ‘green oak’, was formerly used in the manufacture of Tunbridge ware, a traditional method of decoration where woods of different colours were arranged into blocks to give the desired pattern, compressed, then cut transversely into thin strips of veneer.
Distribution: America and Europe.
Fungi - Acomycota - Pezizomycotina - Leotiomycetes - Helotiales - Helotiaceae - Chlorociboria
Sea Star Locomotion
Selections from the storyboard for an upcoming animation project. I am depicting the anatomy and movements involved in sea star locomotion.
Sea stars achieve movement through a simple hydraulics system, known as the water vascular system. The sea star draws water in through the madroporite, a filter and siphon located on the top of its body. The water travels through a series of ducts, called canals, to the tube feet that sprout from the underside of the sea stars’ arms.
The tube feet extend and retract via water pressure as the bulbous top part, the ampulla, contracts and relaxes. Muscles located in the podium, the ‘trunk-like’ part of the tube foot, move the tube foot from side to side to aid in walking. The sucker at the bottom of the tube foot uses a glandular secretion to stick to substrate on the ocean floor (or the glass of an aquarium).
Some people say that manual scientific illustration will be superseded by computers and photography. I’m not convinced that’s the case.
Hyperrealistic Drawings of Everyday Objects
By Marcello Barenghi
Bacteriophage in watercolor! Yeah, science! This piece has sold, but DO keep an eye out for more like this in my shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/sandraculliton
16 November 2013
Famous for his humorous portrayal of cats, English Edwardian artist Louis Wain battled with mental illness throughout his life. Pictured here are six cats he painted, which psychiatrist Walter Maclay arranged into a series (top left to bottom right) that in his view illustrated Wain’s deterioration. Whether Wain (1860-1939) suffered from the disorder we now call schizophrenia (a term first used in 1908) is still a matter for debate. However, a biological explanation linking creativity and mental illness is beginning to emerge. One example includes a variant of the neuregulin 1 gene. In humans this is linked to psychosis, but it also correlates with creativity in people of high intellectual and academic ability. This observation, while helping to dispel some of the myths surrounding mental illness, may go some way to explaining why psychotic disorders prevail across generations.
Written by Brona McVittie
Original images by Louis Wain
This work is in the public domain in the European Union
Research published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, June 2008
Study Finds Weirdos Make Better Artists
Must be an artist.
Researchershave proved that people think weirdos make better art. A team of…
"Culture"-ally stimulating art. Even mold can be beautiful…
by microbiologist Antoine Bridier-Nahmias
via Magical Contamination
At first glance, you’d assume that these images couldn’t possibly be real. Surprisingly, they are actual mountains in China’s Danxia Landform Geological Park. The incredible colours are the result of layers of sandstone and various minerals, which the mountain range its vivid patterns.
Via Huffington Post