Bacteria are Beautiful!
• Fractal art made with cultures of the ordinary soil bacterium, Bacillus subtilis , expressing differently colored fluorescent proteins. Each image in the series zooms out to ever complex and beautiful patterns.
• Researcher Fernan Frederici at Cambridge University works on Synthetic Aesthetics, and paired up with computer scientist Tom Rudge to design these complex cultures. Their eventual goal is to understand the simple rules that give rise to complex emergent behavior seen in nature whether in the patterning of an embryo or termite tunnels (http://scienceblogs.com/oscillator/2010/01/designing_emergent_behavior.php).
• Different shapes emerge based on the conditions of the petri dish, the presence of nutrients and the humidity. These influence the rules of how the cells grow and respond and interact with each other, to form these amazing patterns.
More beautiful patterns : http://www.flickr.com/photos/anhedonias/sets/72157627567623951/
H/T to Huffington Post’s Science section: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/17/bacteria-pictures-by-fernan-federici_n_1211302.html?ref=science