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If you think you know what a scientist looks like – this is the place to go to be surprised. And don’t stop at the belly dancers…

From the “about”:

This Is What A Scientist Looks Like is a project developed by Allie Wilkinson to challenge the stereotypical perception of a scientist.

There is no single clear-cut path to becoming a scientist. A scientist can come from any background.

There is no cookie-cutter mold of what a scientist looks like. A scientist can look like you, or can look like me.

There is no rule that scientists can’t be multidimensional and can’t have fun.

 

It’s a simple idea, but the result is really powerful. Go, take a look. Or even better: submit!

This Is What A Scientist Looks Like

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100 Suns is a photo book by Michael Light:

100 SUNS documents the era of visible nuclear testing, the atmospheric era, with 100 photographs drawn from the archives at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. National Archives in Maryland. It includes previously classified material from the clandestine Lookout Mountain Air Force Station based in Hollywood, whose film directors, cameramen, and still photographers were sworn to secrecy.

I think, these are some of the most terrifying and beautiful pictures in science. You can explore the collection here.

 

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Für alle, die immernoch glauben, Fisch wäre so viel besser, wenn er keine Gräten hätte:

 

Wunderschöne interaktive Fotoserie bei Smithsonian:  What You See When You Turn a Fish Inside Out | Science & Nature | Smithsonian Magazine.

 

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Filming the invisible – a great example!

Immaterials: light painting WiFi/a>

by Timo Arnall, Jørn Knutsen and Einar Sneve Martinussen

Einar Sneve Martinussen, one of the makers, describes it like this:

The city is filled with an invisible landscape of networks that is becoming an interwoven part of daily life. WiFi networks and increasingly sophisticated mobile phones are starting to influence how urban environments are experienced and understood. We want to explore and reveal what the immaterial terrain of WiFi looks like and how it relates to the city.

Here he writes about the making of the video, and introduces another of their works, on visualizing RFID fields:

Immaterials: the ghost in the field

It became quite clear quite early, that both the magic and the problem of the technology was that you can’t see it…

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Thomas Struth: Tokamak Asdex Upgrade, Interior 1; Max Planck IPP, Garching 2009

 

When photographer Thomas Struth looks at science and technology, he seems to see either clinically clean superiority or superior messes. Which is probably a pretty realistic assessment.

 

Thomas Struth: Tokamak Asdex Upgrade Periphery; Max Planck IPP, Garching 2009

More of Struth’s photographs of science and tech environments is here (print) and here (online).

As an aside: A while ago I had the chance to visit the Tokamak Asdex Upgrade in Garching myself, and not only was I able to see the above cable mess first hand, but also this, just a few steps away:


For those who must know: Behind this door are two of the four neutral beam injectors that are used to heat the plasma to the infernal temperatures necessary to induce nuclear fusion – something around 100 Million degrees…

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From the wonderful CreatorsProject-Blog: These Wiggling GIFs Have Got Us Seeing 3D (and there is more…)
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Eran Gilat
is a Scientist and a Photographer. And his work is some serious alchemy. I think.

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 Nikon Small World 2011 – Alan Taylor – In Focus – The Atlantic.

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This beautiful creature sits over at Beetles in the Bush, a great blog about all things entomological from Missouri.

Ellipsoptera hamata lacerata | "Road to Nowhere" Dixie Co., Florida

 

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Haarfarn; aus: “Urformen der Kunst“. (published 1928), Karl Blossfeldt (1865 - 1932)

Karl Blossfeldt’s “Art Forms in Nature” was published in 1928 and almost instantly reached legendary status in the field of nature photography. Originally, he had taken the pictures as practical examples for his students at the Arts and Crafts School in Berlin, to teach them decorative forms for the Art Nouveau movement. But you can see from this single example that his pictures go a long way beyond teaching materials. On the other hand – wouldn’t it be nice if one had been taught with this kind of material all one’s life!
Here are some more examples of his exceptional photographs.

 

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