Blood vessels in the human eye
via I fucking love science
Original source unknown, although there is a large version here
Moravec bush robots! A design for fractal branching ultra dextrous robots, proposed by Hans Moravec:
Image 1: Woefully unsourced! Clipped from a scanned PDF, more than likely… possibly from Mind Children by Hans Moravec?
Image 2: Moravec, Hans; Easudes, Jesse; Dellaert, Frank (1999). “Fractal branching ultra-dexterous robots (Bush robots)”. NASA Advanced Concepts Research Project. PR-Number 10-86888.
(Wikipedia on Bush robots)
Drat! Another forgotten source. Was it in I Am a Strange Loop?
Dragon curve fractal animation… unfortunately, I had it in a folder for so long I’ve lost the source. Any suggestions?
The peacock mantis shrimp, Odontodactylus scyllarus
Check out blog posts by Ed Yong and The Featured Creature
Photos 1 and 2: All over the interwebs, posted here among other places
Photo 3: via The Featured Creature; credited to thekaufenchoke.wordpress.com
Image 4: A webcomic homage by The Oatmeal, complete with merchandise
Aliens got our message, and sent it to Spoonflower? I don’t quite know where this came from, but I like it!
I found the image via freshphotons, but I can’t find the original post. The diagrams are from the Dutil-Dumas message, which was created by Yvan Dutil and Stephane Dumas and transmitted in 1999 and 2003 as part of the Cosmic Call messages. Here is a detailed description of the Dutil-Dumas message content and diagrams: PDF
The color and arrangement of the diagrams seems to be the same as the image in this SEED magazine article, “Who Speaks for Earth?”
But the tiling! The texture! Is this a fabric? I want to make things out of it!
Aeonium “Cyclops” succulent plant
Not sure of image source; this blog sites these growers, but the photo doesn’t appear on their site