Art comes from science – Princeton University holds an annual "Art of Science" competition to explore the interplay between science and art. In the current exhibition, 44 works are highlighted from the university's community. In this one, molecular biologist Lisa Boulanger created an image of a mouse neuron growing in a tissue culture dish.
This piece titled "East-West, West-East" shows the constant motion of Earth's winds, with blue representing wind directed east to west, and red representing west to east. It was created by Martin Jucker in the program in atmospheric and oceanic sciences. The image won the jury's first place in the "Art of Science" competition.
Molecular biology researchers zoomed in on the ovary of a fruit fly. In this image, four "nurse cells" are shown, which are part of the egg chamber of the ovary. The intricate network of RNA molecules are represented by the red and green dots, and DNA is shown in blue. This image won first place, as judged by the community.
These colorful worms, called C. elegans, became sticky and connected while researchers were using them to understand how molecules determine the size of cells and organisms. Researchers from the department of chemical and biological engineering, and the department of molecular biology, created this image.
Researchers in the physics department and the genomics institute made this image by tracking hundreds of thousands of the single-celled bacteria Myxococcus xanthus for four hours. The bacteria must coordinate how they glide together.
Art comes from science – Jason Krizan, graduate student in chemistry, shows an attempt to clean materials from a container by dissolving them in a molten glass. The resulting material is then poured out, at 800 degrees Celsius, and cooled on an aluminum plate. The blue color comes from black cobalt oxide that had gotten overcooked.
Graduate student Chiao-Ti Huang created this pattern in silicon by etching away most of the regions that are electrically conductive. Electrons can still flow on the pathways with the pinkish stripes.
Art comes from science – Graduate student Amy Wu used a microscope with a bright light source to capture this image of neural pathways trapped on hexagonal structures made of silicon. The pathways light up in red when they absorb molecules of the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin, which causes unfortunate side effects. The drug is nicknamed "red devil."
This image shows the cellular structure of a piece of birch wood, broken apart by mechanical strength, by freshman Michael Kosk.
Princeton webmasters Paul Csogi and Chris Cane wanted to compare a Princeton arts center website to the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory website in a graphical representation. The top left represents the science website, and the arts website is the lower right. The color coding represents different aspects of HTML of the respective sites.
Mechanical and aerospace engineering researchers produced this image, which has to do with what happens when drops of liquid get trapped in a thin gap between two solids. A strong negative pressure develops inside the drops, which are shown here from above.
Computer science graduate student Ohad Fried reconstructed this face from a video stream that had a blurred face that wasn't recognizable. Combining data from individual video frames resulted in this "ghost image."
Researchers in civil and environmental engineering and architecture created this structure entirely out of chocolate.