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Fractal Friday

SciArt covers many forms of expression but a favorite of many of us is the fractal. Here is an excellent example of fractal art. I would like to thank him for allowing the use of the "blog this" function of flickr.

optical illusion

Flickr Artist: cammi_angel_2004

cammi_angel_2004, the artist, says this about his art,
"I currently have a major obsession with Apophysis, a fractal-making program. Apophysis is a mathematical computer program that crunches numbers based on formulas built-into the program, and some that the user can create, to generate branching patterns of color. The program is free to download and use from this address:"


Feline Photo Art

What happens when you combine the science of digital photography and the curiosity of a cat? You get a whole new look on the world. Did you ever wonder where cats go during their daily walks? Now you can find out in an amazing feline display combining science and art.

Follow Mr. Lee on his journeys as a digital camera attached to his collar periodically snaps a new photograph.

Mr. Lee


Dust Sculptures, Sci-Art in the Universe

Our first universe sci-art sculptures come from the files of the Astronomy Picture of the Day.

See Explanation.  Clicking on the picture will download  the highest resolution version available.
Dust Sculptures in the Rosette Nebula

Credit & Copyright: Ignacio de la Cueva Torregrosa

Explanation: What creates the cosmic dust sculptures in the Rosette Nebula? Noted for the common beauty of its overall shape, parts of the Rosette Nebula, also known as NGC 2244, show beauty even when viewed up close. Visible above are globules of dark dust and gas that are slowly being eroded away by the energetic light and winds by nearby massive stars. Left alone long enough, the molecular-cloud globules would likely form stars and planets. The above image was taken in very specific colors of Sulfur (shaded red), Hydrogen (green), and Oxygen (blue). The Rosette Nebula spans about 50 light-years across, lies about 4,500 light-years away, and can be seen with a small telescope towards the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros).


Sci-Art Guess of the Week

Here is a beautiful example of a photo that blends art and science. Can you guess what this object might be? When you figure it out or give up all you have to do is click on the image and your curiosity will be quenched.

David Hirmes
(c) 2005

Great news, as with most great art there is an artist that needs to eat. You can purchase this limited edition image or any of the other fine photos on his site.

Tell me is the Guess of the Week a feature you would like to see continued?


Plasma Pong

site of the weekWhat was the first video game to achieve widespread popularity in both arcade and home console versions, and launched the initial boom in the video game industry? You guessed it, Pong by Atari.

How is this first video game associated with my pick for Site of the Week? The site selected this week is the home of Plasma Pong. You heard me pong has been brought into the 21 century!

The game was created by Steve Taylor. He describes the game by saying,
"PLASMA PONG is a variation of PONG that utilizes real-time fluid dynamics to drive the game environment.

Players have several new abilities that add fun twists to the classic game. In the game you can inject plasma fluid into the environment, create a vacuum from your paddle, and blast shockwaves into the playing area. All these abilities have fluid-based kinetic effects on the ball, making Plasma Pong a fast-paced and exciting game."
For bringing old school video games, modern science, and art together in an amazing game "Plasma Pong" is the first Sci-Art Site of the Week. Thanks Steve, also check out his screen shots gallery, Amazing!

Here is a video of the game. The left side is a real player the right side is the computer. The music you hear in the video is from the game itself.

Go to Plasma Pong and download a version for your machine and start playing today.

Sci-Art celebrates artists, scientists, web sites and blogs that dare to feature that blurry edge where art and science become one. Each week I will be selecting a Sci-Art "Site of the Week" along with other tidbits from the world of artsy science.

If you would like to suggest a Site of the Week for me to feature please click the link and email it my way. I am also hosting a Sci-Art blog/site alliance if your interested let me know.

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