myampgoesto11:

Ross Lovegrove for Lasvit: Nodules

Using glass as an optical reservoir, the Nodules are handmade spherical lenses fused together in the making process to harness the natural physics of the material. A fiber optic light source delivers an intense white light from a remote point so that the relationship between the stem and Nodule is minimized and mysterious. The unique installations rise from the floor in clusters.

Adrift in Space Time, by Jason Padgett

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jason-padgett.html

Jason D. Padgett is a number theorist with Acquired Savant Syndrome from Anchorage Alaska, currently living in Tacoma Washinton. The beauty of numbers and their connection to the pure geometry of space time and the universe is shown in his fractal diagrams. 

All are HAND DRAWN using only a pencil, ruler and compass.”

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/2-adrift-in-space-time-jason-padgett.html

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/04/27/real-beautiful-mind-accidental-genius-draws-complex-math-formulas-photos/

After being kicked in the head repeatedly during a mugging:

A scan of Padgett’s brain showed damage that was forcing his brain to overcompensate in certain areas that most people don’t have access to, Brogaard explained. The result was Padgett was now an acquired savant, meaning brilliant in a specific area.”

shawnkthompson:

Following a head injury, Jason Padget developed extraordinary mathematical skills and a weird form of synesthesia that allows him to see the fractal reality.

According to the artist’s profile, 

“All are HAND DRAWN using only a pencil, ruler and compass.”

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jason-padgett.html?page=1

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/04/27/real-beautiful-mind-accidental-genius-draws-complex-math-formulas-photos/

After being kicked in the head repeatedly during a mugging:

A scan of Padgett’s brain showed damage that was forcing his brain to overcompensate in certain areas that most people don’t have access to, Brogaard explained. The result was Padgett was now an acquired savant, meaning brilliant in a specific area.”

Spirosketch necklace and bracelet set from Polymath Design Lab!

http://www.polymathdesignlab.com/made-with-lasers/spirosketch/

Available at their Etsy store

Bucky Ball Pendant by Shannon Henry (image source)

More info on buckminsterfullerene

Pendant from Polymath Design Lab, and similar ones are available at their Etsy store, although I don’t see this particular wooden version (or is it leather?).

They have other cool designs too!

Volvox, a colonial green algae (more info at Wikipedia)

From the Goldstein Lab, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge:
http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/gold/movies.html

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.”

http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/gold/research.html

UMMM and they have a YouTube channel!

http://www.youtube.com/user/GoldsteinLab

“Siesta” by artist sam3: http://www.sam3.es/

Image 1: http://411posters.com/2013/05/siesta-by-sam3/

Image 2: http://www.streetartutopia.com/?p=6692

Image 3: http://411posters.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/SAM3-Siesta-Madrid.jpg

Via: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/02/street-art-by-sam3/

The Stomatopetrel: Awesome in every sense of the word… especially the sense of “inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear” (ref)

Similar sentiments have been expressed regarding the Pirahnamoose: http://wondermark.com/495/

Art by JL Hirten: http://www.jlhirten.com/ 

Via: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/06/hybrid-animal-wish-list/?pid=7018&viewall=true

EDIT: How much extra weight can those remote-controlled shark balloons carry? This NEEDS to come to a burn…