Art and Science: 10 Beautiful Visualizations of Nature

Researchers and scientists at the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin are discovering new ways to explore and visualize the environment. Some of the work being produced are as much works of art as they are depictions of nature’s engineering.

Atmospheric turbulence, shown as glass in this model, distorts and limits the resolution of large, ground-based telescopes. Next-gen telescopes, such as the Giant Magellan Telescope, will remove such distortions by computing corrections and changing the shape of the telescope mirror in real-time. Credit: Dr. John Kuehne

Atmospheric turbulence, shown as glass in this model, distorts and limits the resolution of large, ground-based telescopes. Next-gen telescopes, such as the Giant Magellan Telescope, will remove such distortions by computing corrections and changing the shape of the telescope mirror in real-time. Credit: Dr. John Kuehne

A young brain coral Diploria strigosa (green) that has recently formed a symbiosis with a Symbiodinium dynoflagellate (in red). This coral is found in the Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico. Credit: Marie Strader

A young brain coral Diploria strigosa (green) that has recently formed a symbiosis with a Symbiodinium dynoflagellate (in red). This coral is found in the Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico. Credit: Marie Strader

Continuous wavelet transform of the heart rate of exercising subject, showing its multifractal structure. Credit: Dr. Kathy Davis

Continuous wavelet transform of the heart rate of exercising subject, showing its multifractal structure. Credit: Dr. Kathy Davis

Plant epidermal cells taken with a scanning electron microscope (color added during photo processing). The cells are from the Freshman Research Initiative stream Epidermal Cell Fates and Pathways, and were generated by a former undergraduate student, Tyler Smith, and Dr. Tony Gonzalez. Credit: Tony Gonzalez

Plant epidermal cells taken with a scanning electron microscope (color added during photo processing). The cells are from the Freshman Research Initiative stream Epidermal Cell Fates and Pathways, and were generated by a former undergraduate student, Tyler Smith, and Dr. Tony Gonzalez. Credit: Tony Gonzalez

A microscopic 3-D object fabricated from the protein albumin. The star portion of the structure is 15 µm from tip to tip, which is just a touch larger than a human red blood cell. The ability to fabricate structures of this complexity from natural materials is useful for studying quorum sensing and drug resistance in bacteria populations and has potential applications in cancer research, and tissue engineering. Credit: Eric Spivey

A microscopic 3-D object fabricated from the protein albumin. The star portion of the structure is 15 µm from tip to tip, which is just a touch larger than a human red blood cell. The ability to fabricate structures of this complexity from natural materials is useful for studying quorum sensing and drug resistance in bacteria populations and has potential applications in cancer research, and tissue engineering. Credit: Eric Spivey

A mouse embryonic skeleton, with bone stained Alizarin Red and cartilage stained Alcian Blue. Credit: Jacqueline Norrie, graduate student

A mouse embryonic skeleton, with bone stained Alizarin Red and cartilage stained Alcian Blue. Credit: Jacqueline Norrie, graduate student

The state of the Universe roughly 200 million years after the Big Bang (13.6 billion years ago), a relatively short cosmic timescale. The orange/red bubbles are regions of hot gas that the first stars created when they ignited. The green streaks are cold cosmic gas that has begun to collapse into dark matter but has not yet formed stars. The structure in the center is destined to become one of the first galaxies with the next hundred million years or so. Credit: Chalence Safranek-Shrader, graduate student

The state of the Universe roughly 200 million years after the Big Bang (13.6 billion years ago), a relatively short cosmic timescale. The orange/red bubbles are regions of hot gas that the first stars created when they ignited. The green streaks are cold cosmic gas that has begun to collapse into dark matter but has not yet formed stars. The structure in the center is destined to become one of the first galaxies with the next hundred million years or so. Credit: Chalence Safranek-Shrader, graduate student

Protein Mss116p DEAD-box helicase domain 2 bound to an RNA duplex. Credit: Dr. Arthur F. Monzingo

Protein Mss116p DEAD-box helicase domain 2 bound to an RNA duplex. Credit: Dr. Arthur F. Monzingo

A multi-resolution zoom into the ribosome, which synthesizes proteins on demand in almost all cells. Credit: Dr. Chandra Bajaj

A multi-resolution zoom into the ribosome, which synthesizes proteins on demand in almost all cells. Credit: Dr. Chandra Bajaj

Visualization of free volume, or negative space, in a glassforming polymer. Free volume properties determine how advanced materials assemble and function. Credit: Dr. Frank Willmore

Visualization of free volume, or negative space, in a glassforming polymer. Free volume properties determine how advanced materials assemble and function. Credit: Dr. Frank Willmore

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