Orchid Roots: Botanical Sponges
You can crudely divide orchids into two groups: ground orchids, rooted in the soil - like Pleione species, for example - and epiphytic orchids like the one below, that often grow on the branches of trees in tropical forests. The dangling roots of the epiphytic types have a dual role, sometimes anchoring the plant and always acting as storage vessels for water that they absorb from mist and sudden tropical downpours. If you cut a section through one of these roots (above) you can see their…
Confocal microscopy of plant tissues
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Patterns in Nature - Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics
I think these amazingly close up images of tree cells and cross sections of tree roots are stunning! I’ll be using them as inspiration for some new designs… I love the different sized circular shapes bundled together in little patterns.
Powering the brain: an introduction to mitochondria
Professor Doug Turnbull is Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research. In this, his first post for ThInk, he introduces the Wellcome Trust Centre and gives a crash course in t…
Beyond the Human Eye
I found this little insect, which is less than two millimetres long, in a bag of walnuts imported from France. It's a psocid, commonly known as a booklouse, on account of the fact that these often turn up in the bindings of old books that have been stored in a damp place. They also like wallpaper and we used to find them behind peeling damp wallpaper in our house, before we stripped it all off and redecorated, thereby making scores of booklice homeless; I suspect they feed on wallpaper…
The Reverential and the Precious: Human Anatomy as Art | KQED
It may take an unusual muse to be deeply inspired by the body's insides. Artist Sara Nilsson possesses just such a muse–as well as the skill to create breathtakingly beautiful, anatomically accurate cross-sections of the human body with quilled paper.