Art meets science meets science fiction with tree of 40 fruit! #SamVanAken

Check out this awesome Tedx talk by artist/scientist Sam Van Aken. He describes in detail how he sculpts stone fruit trees that produce 40 different fruits through use of grafting (background from wikipedia). They also produce unique and beautiful flowering patterns. Very cool use of grafting for science, art, and food! Check out Sam’s website! 



Holy Anchovy! Amazingly beautiful video of a school of anchovies! #scienceisart


An aggregation of anchovy amassed near Scripps Pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego in La Jolla, Calif. on July 8, 2014. Footage from Scripps Pier by Scripps staff and underwater by Scripps graduate students Julia Fiedler, Sean Crosby and Bonnie Ludka.

Flying through San Diego International Airport? Check out the awesome Ilus science and art exhibit

The Airport Authority’s Art Program invited Biocom to coordinate an art installation representing the San Diego life science industry. Biocom reached out to its roster of life science companies for submissions of scientific images as well as to its member company, Ilus Art for help in printing the images on display. Together, they have created a beautiful representation of science and art that reflects the groundbreaking work being done in the region. This exhibit will remain on display in terminal 2 of the SDIA until December 2014.


Ilus (pronounced e’loos) is a unique art company founded on the principle that beauty can be found in science. Albert Einstein said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” From the microscopic images of the inner workings of a single cell to projects based on tissue engineering, all of these images are used to validate a scientist’s research. CEO, Janet Hubka first observed some of these images while visiting family members who work at local biotech companies. Initially thinking that she was looking at peacock feathers, she made the recommendation to enlarge one of the images for decorative purposes. Upon learning that the image was actually that of skin cells, she conferred with the scientist that took the picture and an idea named Ilus Art was born!

Flying through Dulles? Check out their latest exhibit!


An airport is probably the last place I typically think of when I hear the words “art” or “cell biology”… however, that’s no longer the case.  Starting today and going until November 2014, Washington Dulles International Airport features a new exhibit titled “Life: Magnified.”  Brought to you by a collaboration between ASCB, NIGMS, Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority, and Zeiss, the exhibit displays 46 stunning microscopic images from cell biology.   You can check out the exhibit in the Gateway Gallery in Concourse C.

Just incase you are not flying through Dulles, you can check out the images here!

Dulles gets a LOT of traffic.  What an awesome way to show off cell biology!