Photo of Interest: Solar Receptors of the Future

This image received an Honorable Mention recognition from National Geographic as one of the best science visualizations of 2009. Here is their description:

“Honorable Mention, Illustration: “Back to the Future”
“Created at the Second University of Naples in Italy, “Back to the Future” illustrates the principles of biomimeticism—the idea that nature’s creations can guide the design of future technology.

“Computer-generated drawings of future solar panels, 10 feet (3 meters) tall and 165 feet (50 meters) across, stand behind the organisms that inspired them—the microscopic marine algae known as Licmophora flabellata.

“Shown attached to sand grains in a scanning electron microscope image, these biological solar collectors have a flat, wedgelike form and a glasslike wall—features that allow them to absorb as much sunlight as possible for photosynthesis.” 

IMAGE CREDIT: Mario De Stefano, Antonia Auletta, and Carla Langella, Second University of Naples, via National Geographic.

Artdog Quote of the Week

IMAGE CREDIT: Many thanks to Night Humor for this reminder to all writers who are tempted to make their heroes “perfect.”

Photo of Interest: Fog at Dawn

Here’s another image from the Telegraph Online. They describe it this way: 

The sun rises as early morning mist covers the landscape of Zaans Schans near Zaandam in the Netherlands.
IMAGE CREDIT: Wim Denys/Solent News, in the Telegraph Online, Photos of the Day for Sept. 10, 2014.

Artdog Quote of the Week

IMAGE CREDIT: Many thanks to Wedding Photography + Design.

Photo of Interest: Cliff House

“Cliff House,” by Modscape of Australia

Here’s another image from the Telegraph Online. They describe it this way: 

“Anyone wanting to live on the edge need look no further – architects have designed a cliff house. The five storey modular home is inspired by the way barnacles cling to the hull of a ship, and was developed to hang off the side of a cliff as opposed to sitting on top of it. Australian design company Modscape say the design, aptly entitled Cliff House, is a theoretical response to clients who have approached them to ‘explore design options for extreme parcels of coastal land in Australia’. A spokesman says: ‘The home is visualised as a natural extension of the cliff face rather than an addition to the landscape, creating an absolute connection with the ocean.'”

You know the view has got to be spectacular.

IMAGE CREDIT: the Telegraph Online, Photos of the Day for Sept. 10, 2014.

Artdog Quote of the Week

Here’s a Veterans Day love letter to all who have served. THANK YOU!

IMAGE CREDIT: Many thanks to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Facebook page, for this image!

Photo of Interest: Cantigny Park Luminarias

Luminarias at Chicago’s Cantigny Park: illuminated in honor of Veterans Day.

IMAGE CREDIT: Read an article in the Chicago Tribune, about this annual tribute to veterans. I thought it was way cool. And don’t forget to thank a vet!