As we’ve made our introductions to the rest of the science-and-art blogosphere, we’ve found some awesome things. On Twitter, if you blink you miss it, so here are our favorites from the past week:
Dark Roasted Blend has gathered a cool collection of optical illusion art. We also found an interesting size-estimation illusion at New Scientist. While I’m at it, this one won an illusion contest in 2009, and still gets to me. And the Adelson checker-shadow illusion is likely to bug my students all week. (Their assignment is to use illusions to explain how human perception works, a common method in sensory research. This is from the pile I gave them to get started.)
If you make science-related art, we found a few opportunities for you. The 3rd annual Elegance of Art contest is now open at the University of Florida. The Summit on Science, Education, and Entertainment is looking for proposals. The Small World microscope photography contest is open. The Kinetica Art Fair just happened, but maybe next year? ETA: The Flying Trilobite just opened their Darwin Day contest–looking for 140 characters on this little piece of evolutionary surrealism before 12:01 AM on the 13th.
Then we have some things that are just plain gorgeous. Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Earth From Above photographs take my breath away and give an up-close view of humanity’s influence over the environment. Here’s a video of traditional glassblowing, and here is some truly remarkable non-traditional glassblowing.
The Burgess Shale aquarium at Chicago’s Field Museum is a brilliant piece of paleontological illustration, and I can’t be the only person who came away wanting a pet hallucigenia. This person crocheted one, and then asked a physicist which side goes up. These ones, less cuddly, are made of neon blown glass. Or you can always construct the whole Cambrian explosion with your kid!
So what have we missed?