Image 1: Basket star (Astroglymma sculptum). Teresa Zubi, 2005 (source

Image 2: Giant Basket Starfish (Astrophyton muricatum) juvenile on Common Sea Fan (Gorgonia ventalina) Belize. Chris Newbert (source)

Image 3: Crystalline Entity encounters the Enterprise-D (comparison made in this excellent photoessay)

More info: http://echinoblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/gorgonocephalus-because-weird-is-what.html

Gorgonocephalus eucnemis, a species of basket star (starfish) from the Arctic

Photo by John Rix: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fathomthis/1795586640/

Basket Star reaching into the void (Gorgonocephalus eucnemis)

Queen Charlotte Strait, BC, 7 Tree Island, 2007

http://www.fathomthis.ca/simple_gallery/print_gallery.html

More info:

http://echinoblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/gorgonocephalus-because-weird-is-what.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorgonocephalus_eucnemis

(I dressed up like a basket starfish last Halloween!)

Moravec bush robots! A design for fractal branching ultra dextrous robots, proposed by Hans Moravec:

http://www.islandone.org/MMSG/HansMoravecRobotBush.html

Image 1: Woefully unsourced! Clipped from a scanned PDF, more than likely… possibly from Mind Children by Hans Moravec?

Image 2Moravec, 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)