Posts by Pierre

Baccalauréat Lausanne University Area of specialty: Exploring the horizon of the human imagination, Assistant to the Director since 1993

The Cosmic Joke: The Hubble Spots Smiley Face in Space

Galaxy Cluster SDSS J1038+4849 - NASA & ESA, acknowledgement to Judy Schmidt

Pictures of space get a lot of smiles around here, but it’s pretty rare for one of them to smile back at us.

This adorable image — in which the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 seems to be smiling at the camera — comes courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope. It was spotted by Judy Schmidt, who submitted a version of the image to the Hubble’s Hidden Treasures image processing competition, where anyone can sift through the Hubble’s massive data pools to highlight hitherto ignored sights from the stars.

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Glass Microbiology by Luke Jerram

E. Coli - Glass Microbiology by Luke Jerram

T4 Bacteriophage by Luke Jerram

Bluetongue Virus by Luke Jerram

Glass Microbiology is a body of glass work which has been developed by artist Luke Jerram since 2004. Made to contemplate the global impact of each disease, the artworks are created as alternative representations of viruses to the artificially coloured imagery received through the media. In fact, viruses have no colour as they are smaller than the wavelength of light. By extracting the colour from the imagery and creating jewel-like beautiful sculptures in glass, a complex tension has arisen between the artworks’ beauty and what they represent.

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People With Disabilities Empowered Through Mind-Generated Art

Chinese artist Jody Xiong has collaborated with 16 handicapped people — recruited via social media — in the artistic and technological realization of the ‘Mind Art’ installation. The project participants were asked to choose a Winsor & Newton paint color, which was placed in balloons equipped with tiny detonators. Large canvas panels surrounded the balloons on all sides.

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Mind Art - Jody Xiong

Mind Art - Jody Xiong

Mind Art - Jody Xiong

Mind Art - Jody Xiong

Mind Art - Jody Xiong

Surreal Black and White Photos Immortalize Oldest Trees on Earth

Island of Dragon

Few things on Earth are as old as the organisms in the photos of Beth Moon. For her recent book, Portraits of Time (from Abbeville Press), the San Francisco-born photographer traveled around the world for 14 years, capturing the planet’s longest-living trees (some of which also appeared in Susan Sussman’s The Oldest Living Things in the World) in the hopes of helping humanity better protect and preserve these ancient survivors. “Most of the trees that I have photographed exist only because they are outside the reach of civilization,” Moon writes on her website. “Some species exist, but only in a few of the most isolated places in the world.”

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Off To Market by Beth Moon