Vague Vivacity
The duality of science and art from antiquity to modernity. An inextricable link between our natural curiosity for the world and the need to respond to its phenomena.


stone carved bone sculptures

Stephen Shaheen 

Sep 21   ·   4,663 notes


little illustration break, eventually for an exhibition.I got in touch with a publisher for “Trauma Soldier”. Sounds good but i wait for his final answer.


little illustration break, eventually for an exhibition.
I got in touch with a publisher for “Trauma Soldier”. Sounds good but i wait for his final answer.

Sep 20   ·   5,121 notes


Crystal Wagner
The Finished Piece ” Bio Interloper “
When art consumes environments. Finished- “Bio Interloper” for Artprize 2014, currently on display at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art
( Thank you very much for these pictures Crystal )
Sep 19   ·   937 notes


Types of matter

Sep 19   ·   232,033 notes


Electric Aliens? Bacteria discovered that exist on pure energy

Published time: July 19, 2014 18:24

Microbiologists based in California have discovered bacteria that survive by eating pure electrons rather than food, bringing an entirely new method of existence to awareness and raising questions about possibilities for alien life.

The ‘electric bacteria’ – as they have been dubbed by the team that discovered them – take energy from rocks and metal by feasting directly on their electrons. The hair-like filaments the bacteria produce carry electrons between the cells and their environment. 

The biologists from the University of Southern California (USC) found that the new discovery joins more than ten other different specific type of bacteria that also feed on electricity – although none in quite the same way. 

“This is huge. What it means is that there’s a whole part of the microbial world that we don’t know about,”Kenneth Nealson of USC told New Scientist. 

Nealson explained the process by which the bacteria function. “You eat sugars that have excess electrons, and you breathe in oxygen that willingly takes them,” he said. Human cells break down the sugars in order to obtain the electrons – making the bacteria that only absorb the electrons that much more efficient. 

“That’s the way we make all our energy and it’s the same for every organism on this planet,”
 Nealson said. “Electrons must flow in order for energy to be gained.” 

Some of the bacteria even have the ability to make ‘bio-cables’ – a kind of microbial collection of wires that can conduct electricity as well as copper – renowned for its high electrical conductivity. 

Such ‘nanowires’ were first discovered in a separate study conducted by researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark. Their presence raises the possibility that one day bacteria could be used in making subsurface networks for people to use. 

“Tens of thousands of bacteria can join to form a cable that can carry electrons over several centimeters,” the New Scientist video on the subject points out. 

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Sep 18   ·   368 notes


Jimmy Nelson
Nepal, Mustang, Lopa man
From Before They Pass Away


Jimmy Nelson

Nepal, Mustang, Lopa man

From Before They Pass Away

Sep 18   ·   411 notes


Bacteriography by Zachary Copfer

Copfer on his work:

During my graduate research I invented a new medium that combines photographic processes with microbiological practices. I have coined the process bacteriography. Bacteriography consists of shooting radiation through a negative on to a petri dish covered with bacteria. The end product is a plate of bacteria that have grown to form a photographic image. The process is very similar to darkroom photography only the enlarger has been replaced by a radiation source and instead of photo sensitive paper this process uses a petri dish coated with a living bacterial emulsion

Sep 18   ·   855 notes


Synthetic Cells Move On Their Own

What look like animated illustrations that could easily spring from a child’s imagination are actually newly unveiled artificial cells under a microscope.

Biophysicists at Germany’s Technical University of Munich along with an international team developed simple self-propelled biomachines in a quest to create cell models that display biomechanical functions.

The researchers say their work represents the first time a movable cytoskeleton membrane has been fabricated.

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Sep 18   ·   1,199 notes



Art installation by Syver Lauritzsen and Eirik Haugen Murvold is a paint-emitting plinth that disperses colour according to local mood on social media - video embedded below:

MONOLITT is an interactive installation that quite literally paints the mood of the city, using social media feeds as an input. The installation takes electronic signals and lets them manifest themselves in the physical world. Using sentiment analytics, the installation links tweets to corresponding colored paints in realtime, feeding them out through the top of the sculpture, letting them flow into a procedurally generated three-dimensional painting.

Syver’s Tumblr blog, syverlauritzsen, can be found here

Sep 18   ·   1,469 notes


Paula Scher, poster PUBLIC, 2012. USA. Via Cooper Hewitt


Paula Scher, poster PUBLIC, 2012. USA. Via Cooper Hewitt

Sep 18   ·   393 notes