Art

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    Scientists are learning new information about atmospheric pollution levels in Earth's past by studying famous paintings.
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    Researchers have discovered that a bacterium's ability to withstand toxicity is key to creating 24-karat gold. With this knowledge, they created a multimedia art installation that received an honorable mention at a recent cyber art competition.
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    By weaving together biology and technology, Angelo Vermeulen's artistic and scientific explorations could help rethink how people interact with the systems that can keep them in both space and on Earth.
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    Artist Brian Basset has created a commemorative drawing as a tribute to NASA's Space Shuttle Program.
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    Astrobiology Magazine introduces our first comic series, The Amazing Adventures of AstrobioBot. This digital version of a Sunday comic will follow the journeys of a little robot as he builds himself into a full-fledged astrobiology explorer.
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    Scientists and artists have collaborated to address looming environmental issues. Works included those that address issues related to astrobiology, including the relationship between life and the biosphere. The art show took place in early February at Arizona State University.
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  • Mars, the Blue Ecosynthesis
    Terraforming was once solely the province of science fiction. Illustrator Thierry Lombry has produced some of the most fascinating and detailed visualizations showing how the martian landscape might be modified over hundreds or thousands of years.
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  • Digitally Directed, The Mars Missions
    The realistic mission video for the Mars Exploration Rovers took 12,000 frames, some of which took 2 hours per frame to render. Film-maker Daniel Maas walks through how he came to direct the digital missions for Spirit and Opportunity.
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  • Hot Martian Heartbeats: Seasonal Valentine
    The Mars Orbital Camera captured these South Pole changes over a two year span, as entire hills and mesas reshaped and dry ice sublimed seasonally. The time-sequence shows the remarkable changing geography of a planet in flux-perhaps moving out of the last Martian Ice Age.
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  • The Universe in Forty Leaps
    Zoom out from a single sodium atom to the edge of the universe. From micro- to mega- in powers of ten on the zoom lens.
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  • Meteoric Image Pack
    Few night-sky events engage one's fascination like the chance streaks of meteoric lights. This week's selected image gallery displays some of the most memorable and important astrobiological events ever captured on film.
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  • 2002 in Astrobiology Imagery
    2002 did not disappoint those seeking visual evidence for the prerequisites to life elsewhere--whether in Martian canyons, the atmosphere of Saturn's moon, or the distant perspective of galactic clusters containing billions of unexplored stars.
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  • Solar Spectacular
    Prominent solar activity noted from southern pole of sun.
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