The above silk dome was built by thousands of silkworms, but collecting silkworms and trying to get them to do your bidding won’t work in quite the same way. Scientists at MIT “hacked”, or coerced the silkworms using light heat and a very light, basic structure to get them to create this amazing work of art.
M. C. Escher
Carubba tree, [Ravello]
Woodcut in black and grey, printed from two blocks
…frost flowers, a strange phenomenon where frost grows from imperfections in the surface ice amid extreme sub-zero temperatures…forming spiky structures that have been found to house microorganisms. In fact, the bacteria found in the frost flowers is much more dense than in the frozen water below it, meaning each flower is essentially a temporary ecosystem, not unlike a coral reef…