Axon: A game about growing neurons

Axon game

Axon, a game about growing neurons

Wellcome: Axon Game.

Wellcome seems to have an interesting collection of educational web games. Axon, in particular, seems pretty fun to play (although my 5-year-old computer seems a bit too slow for it).

They have more on their main games page. I was impressed with how […Read More]

135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema on Vimeo

Stunning…watch on a big screen if possible.

Wellcome Image Awards 2012

The Wellcome Image Awards 2012 winners are here, stunning as always. I think my favorite is the image of caffeine crystals shown above (by Annie Cavanagh and David McCarthy). The Arabidopsis seedling, mothfly and bacterial biofilm look really cool as well, but they’re all worth checking out–here is the winners’ gallery.

[Wellcome Image Awards 2012 | Wellcome Image Awards.]

A new website to share scientific images

As part of our social media class at UC Santa Cruz, a couple of classmates and I came up with the idea to create a site where scientists could easily share striking scientific images. (All of us used to work in lab and take pretty scientific photos that we didn’t know where to share.)

The site is called The Art of Science, do check it out when you get a chance. We’re trying to post at least one new image every day, and we hope to get actual scientists and graduate students to contribute.

And every Monday we’ll […Read More]

Videogames as art, or as a source of it

With videogames unabashedly mainstream, and titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 earning over $1 billion, or as much as the highest-grossing movies, it’s interesting to see whether videogames are evolving towards being considered art.

You could certainly make that argument for the artistic value of some ‘indie’ games (Braid and Limbo come to mind, although some like The Path may be trying too hard). And even some more mainstream titles do try (like Shadow of the Colossus, though I don’t think most succeed.

Now I like playing videogames, […Read More]

The early twentieth century in color

It’s weird, but when I think of any era before the 1950s, I always picture it in black-and-white. I guess it’s just the effect of all the old movies and photos. The technology for color photography was actually around from sometime in the late-1800s, it was just too expensive and the techniques weren’t perfected for commercial use until the 1930s, after which it still took a while to become wide-spread.

But here’s proof that the world wasn’t actually all black-and-white before the ’50s…some amazing old photos of the early 1900s in color, taken by wealthy (and seemingly eccentric) […Read More]

George Lois Tells the Stories Behind His Twelve Favorite Classic Esquire Covers — Vulture

George Lois Tells the Stories Behind His Twelve Favorite Classic Esquire Covers — Vulture.

Ok, there’s nothing scientific about these Esquire covers, but they’re certainly great examples of of how powerful images. I just found it interesting how these covers capture so many iconic moments and eras – enough that even though I wasn’t around at the time, I can still get what they’re about.

I think it’s why I like finding scientific images – the best ones can also serve a dual purpose of being beautiful to look at as well as conveying what’s going on. Admittedly most […Read More]

Eric Heller’s Gallery of Quantum Art

Dendrite Credit: Eric J. Heller

Eric J. Heller Gallery

A gallery of images by Harvard physics and chemistry professor Eric J. Heller. According to his website, his digital abstract art is inspired by:

“a world we cannot directly see; the quantum realm of electrons, atoms, and molecules. The strange, often chaotic quantum domain yields forms, which I use as a medium, creating images which convey […Read More]