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Techniques and technologies involved in science-art interactions

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The process involved in creating mini Mona Lisa that has scientifc implications!

Started by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa Aug 7, 2013. 0 Replies

The world's most famous painting has now been created on the world's smallest canvas. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have "painted" the Mona Lisa on a substrate surface…Continue

Making “Frozen Lightning” Art with Accelerators

Started by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa Jul 25, 2013. 0 Replies

Physicist Todd Johnson has been working at Fermilab for 30 years, but he also dabbles in art. He’s all about capturing lightning-like fractal patterns in plastic cubes with the help of a linear…Continue

Creating flowers in a lab using chemicals

Started by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa. Last reply by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa May 21, 2013. 1 Reply

Beautiful 'flowers' self-assemble in a beaker With the hand of nature trained on a beaker of chemical fluid, the most delicate flower structures have been formed in a Harvard laboratory -- and not at…Continue

Bacteriography - Microbial art technique

Started by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa Sep 27, 2012. 0 Replies

Different type of Microbial art:The work of microbiologist-cum-photographer Zachary Copfer, who has turned a traditional artistic practice into a laudable technique weaving art and science into one.…Continue

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Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on January 9, 2014 at 9:53am

Stained fish skeletons are currently on display at the Seattle Aquarium. The fish were prepared and photographed by Adam P. Summers, a biology professor at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs who also holds a research associate position at UC Berkeley. He uses the images for his research in biomechanics, a field that blends physics and biology.

To visualize a fish by clearing and staining, the body must first be fixed in formalin, then dehydrated in alcohol. The scientist-cum-artist then alternately stains the parts he wants to see (blue for cartilage, red for bone) and clears the parts that get in the way (bleach takes care of pigments, enzymes digest everything else). The result is a 3D view of the skeleton as it naturally fits together inside the body.
Stunning Fish Skeletons Serve Science and Art
The scientists used a variety of imaging techniques.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on July 21, 2013 at 7:14am

Bio-art: Inserting GFP into bacteria

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on July 21, 2013 at 6:51am

Bio-art: How to extract DNA from peas

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on July 14, 2013 at 5:28am
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Stroke of Genius: Artist Dazzles with 3D-Printed Paintings
3D printing is turning up in all sorts of places these days, and recently, it's been gaining traction in the art world, with one artist using the printers to create giant paintings with loads of texture.
Florea first uses 3D printing to build prototypes for the larger shapes in his paintings. To create the scaled-up versions of these 3D shapes, which are enlarged 20 to 30 times, he cures the resins using heat (by contrast, 3D printing often involves curing resins using ultraviolet light - ). The resin and pigment are like the paint, and all the shapes are embedded in it. Then, he uses transfer techniques to attach the shapes to a canvas.

The artist has also developed a quick-dry oil paint which he claims is one of the best in the world. According to Florea artist's used to develop their own paints during the Renaissance, but during the industrial revolution the focus turned to paint for machinery such as cars. He  integrates and explores different new pigments and lightweight materials and he gets inspired from the world of nanotechnology. He developed my own custom 3D image fused resin and pigment transfer of his shapes on canvas and he also uses liquid metal paint that he formulates. His paintings have double function addressing both the visual and tactile senses," according to him.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on June 15, 2013 at 7:32am
Sun printing photos in five easy steps: art and science combined
Sunprint Kit ™ Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkley.

The package said that the contents of the kit are used make photographic type prints using sun and water. There were also simple directions on the back that we followed today. The package came with blue, Sunprint ™ paper and a small piece of cardboard.
How you can do it:
1. Select an item. We pulled some things together including puzzle pieces and leaves. We started our experiment with a key.
2. Place the blue paper onto the cardboard and then place the object onto the blue paper. (Ideally, your object should be placed on the paper indoors due to the paper's light sensitivity. However, we did ours quickly in the shade and it worked out fine.)
3. Place it in the sun.
4. Expose to the sunlight for about 1-5 minutes, until the paper turns almost all white.
5. Quickly rinse the paper with water for about 1 minute and dry flat.
the sunlight stimulates a chemical change in the paper while the water stimulates yet another chemical change.

The water causes an oxidation reaction that turns the colorless compound into the deep blue of a finished Sunprint™. For more in depth information and pictures.
Read more here:

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on May 30, 2013 at 6:39am
I modeled an ant (Lasius niger). I started out in Blender for the base of the model. Then turned to Zbrush for detailed sculpting and painting. UV mapped it and made the texture and normal map in ZBrush. Then back to Blender. Added hairs and subsurface scattering. Rendered it and then through compositing to get the colors right.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on April 22, 2013 at 5:28am

Have Your Genome Made Into a Piece of Art here:

Source of this tech:
The entire process goes something like this: DNA11 sends you a swab kit that you use to transfer cheek cells to a collection card, which you then send back to the company. DNA11 begins processing the sample with 8 different makers, which insures unique canvas art for each customer. After amplifying the unique DNA bands (so there’s enough DNA to visualize), separating them according to size using an electric field (so the molecules don’t lump together), and staining them with UV dye (to highlight the DNA that’s there), the company takes a digital image and prints the DNA profile on a canvas.

At first blush, results just looked like short horizontal bars lined with infrared coloring, stretched across a slab of canvas. But , the deeper meaning was realizing that if one reassembled the eight bands before one, one would end up with, well, one. Not in the literal sense, but more to the point that no other combination would produce the same result. And that originality became the talking point among those who saw any DNA portrait.

“It’s the first genetics lab in the world dedicated 100 percent to crossing art and genomics.”

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on April 18, 2013 at 6:18am

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on April 14, 2013 at 7:51am
Artistic Touch: Microscope allows Moorpark photographer to combine her love of art and science
Using a camera and a microscope, Carol Roullard combines her love of art and science by creating stunning abstract images.
It was through their membership in the Microscope Society of Southern California that her current style evolved. At one meeting, the president, Jim Solliday, gave a presentation on crystals growing under the microscope.

One night Solliday and his wife came for dinner and brought vials of various substances to put under the microscope. They melted the materials and put them on slides.

“That was definitely the beginning of this,” she said.

Using a high powered microscope with a sony A77 camera mounted on top, Roullard liquefies powdered vanilla, hydroquinone or other material, puts it on a slide and looks at it through polarized light.

“The chemicals will react with the polarized light — not all chemicals will do that,” she said. After finding the best image, she takes the photo with a remote shutter release.

“It’s almost always something that takes your breath away,” she said. “If I start liking something, the arrangement, the flow, the way things intersect, she plays with the filter.” She fiddles with an image for a while before deciding it won’t work.

She manipulates the photo on the computer, using Aperture and Photoshop.

(View the Artistic touch Carol Roullard slide show.)

When it’s the way she wants it, she has it printed on aluminum. Different finishes allow more or less of the metal to show through, giving different effects and changes throughout the day, depending on how the light hits it.

“It must’ve been a Kodak moment,” she said.

Roullard’s work can be seen on her website:


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