The winner of Swansea University's 2013 Research as Art competition was Laura North, an engineering graduate student who used a micro-CT scanner to reveal…Read More »
the toy inside a Kinder Surprise Egg and 3D print it without ever cracking open the candy. The process could be used to identify and reproduce mummified remains, or to create joint replacements in medicine, North said in a statement. Less «
Geographer Adrian Luckman took the Academic Award in the 2013 Research as Art competition for this colorful visualization of a glacier on the move. Kronebreen,…Read More »
the fastest-flowing glacier on Arctic Spitsbergen, is seen via satellite. Luckman compared images of the glacier taken 11 days apart, revealing how the ice moved. Blue is slower-moving, while pink is fastest, up to 8.2 feet (2.5 meters) per day. Less «
Don't you want to take just one? Psychologist Menna Price's children helped her out with this image, representing Price's work on the psychology of impulsivity.…Read More »
Photographer Rebecca Jory snapped the image, which won the 2013 Collaborative Award in the Research as Art competition at Swansea University.
"The ability to exhibit self-control in an environment abundant with temptation may be a key factor in preventing over eating and obesity, with tendencies toward impulsivity and immediacy making this very difficult for some people," Price said in her entry form. Less «
Let photographer Matt Carnie explain this one: "Standing like tombstones in a forgotten cemetery, these are lead halide perovskite solar cells and they…Read More »
are the results of experiments that didn’t go as well as hoped."
The solar cells did, however, net Carnie the Early Career Researcher Award in the 2013 Swansea University Research as Art competition. The photograph, Carnie wrote, highlights how even mistakes in research are an opportunity to learn what went wrong and make improvements that will lead to a breakthrough. Less «
In this physics visualization, each cube represents the same moment in time of a space 100,000 times smaller than an atom in a theory describing how elementary…Read More »
particles interact, according to creator Ed Bennett of Swansea University. Bennett and his colleagues are trying to observe instantons in this data, objects that describe the properties of some of these intereactions. By moving down the columns, the "noise" dissipates, leaving only instantons behind. This visualization won the Postgraduate Award in the 2013 Research as Art competition. Less «
This idyllic sea scene masks the massive amount of tidal and wave energy lurking beneath, according to photographer Alice Hicks of the Swansea University…Read More »
College of Engineering. A new tidal stream turbine is located here on the coast of Northern Brittany. Hicks and her colleagues are researching the interactions between the turbines, seals and porpoises to ensure that marine creatures are kept safe in the process of extracting energy from the oceans. Less «
This fire was no accident. It's a controlled burn conducted in Canada, photographed by postdoctoral researcher Cristinia Santin of Swansea University.…Read More »
Fires like this one release a lot of carbon into the atmosphere, Santin wrote, but the trees they don't full burn are converted to charcoal, which locks up carbon. Santin and her colleagues are trying to understand whether forest fires release more carbon on balance or lock more up as charcoal. Less «
Insects create the art in this 2013 Research as Art runner-up. And the medium is … their own excrement. The insect Rhodnius prolixus is a bloodsucker whose…Read More »
poop contains the parasite that causes deadly Chagas disease. However, postdoctoral researcher Miranda Whitten and colleagues have learned how to silence the insect's genes using engineered bacteria from its own gut, a technique that allows them to study the insects' gene function and possibly to control the spread of Chagas. Less «
An illustration of a month's worth of academic videoconferences across Wales takes the shape of a running man in this 2013 Research as Art runner-up. The…Read More »
number of links to and from a given location determines that node's size and color. Less «
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science. She covers the world of human and animal behavior, as well as paleontology and other science topics. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has ducked under a glacier in Switzerland and poked hot lava with a stick in Hawaii. Stephanie hails from East Tennessee, the global center for salamander diversity. Follow Stephanie on Google+.