Volvox, a colonial green algae (more info at Wikipedia)
From the Goldstein Lab, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge:
They do really, really cool research, as described by this awesome statement:
“When asked whether I am a theorist or an experimentalist, my reply is that I am a scientist. Our group seeks to understand fundamental principles that govern the behavior of nonequilibrium systems in physics and biology, using a combination of experiment and theory. This research is not easily described by a single, conventional academic label; rather, it involves the domains of condensed matter physics, physical chemistry, biological physics, fluid dynamics, applied mathematics, and geophysics. I subscribe to Poincaré’s motivation:
The scientist does not study nature because it is useful;
he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because
it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.
I also believe that some of the best science is close to art, and that Glenn Gould captured this spirit when he said
The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but rather the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.”
UMMM and they have a YouTube channel!