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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Just for fun: Visualization Challenge

If there's one thing I love, it's combining art and science.  The folks at Science Magazine put on an annual competition called the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

This picture was my favorite, and also a people's choice award winner.

Caption: Separation of a Cell, Andrew Noske et al.
In cell division, the cell membrane (blue) stretches, while the genetic storehouses called chromosomes (yellow) split into identical sets. This illustration from University of California and Salk Institute researchers is built up of real image "slices" of a cell caught in the act, assembled into a striking 3-D whole.

And here's the winning video:

You can view a slide show of the winners here.

Hat tip:  David Brin.

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