I came across so many interesting images last week researching my scientific glass blowing post that I thought I’d share a few more here. This is a blog about imagery after all, right? You’ll forgive my lack of song and dance, then? Michael Souza This is one of Michael Souza’s aluminosilicate creations. You’ll recall aluminosilicate glass is a notoriously difficult material to work with and Souza has made a name for himself doing just that. This particular creation is a nuclear target cell for large particle accelerators such as CEBAF at Jefferson Lab and SLAC at Stanford.
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The Glass Bead Game
Wahrscheinlich! I was thinking a range of things to do with glass (including Asher's chainglass) when I came across this. We're all architects with big ideas here. by Aug 10
Life, like a dome of many coloured glass, stains the white radiance of eternity – Percy Bysshe Shelley I often find peacefulness in a soaring stone church, a cool open place to sit and contemplate. The giant trunk-like pillars and the gentle play of the light cast through the stained glass create a shaded garden of stone and multicoloured light. Stained glass windows are never static. In the course of the day they are animated by changing light, their patterns wandering across the floor, inviting your thoughts to wander with them.
Gridlinked is Neal Asher 's first novel, published by the Macmillan Publishers imprint Pan Books in 2001 . It contains elements of the technological inventiveness of hard science-fiction with a more contemporary political plotline. The novel follows the exploits of Earth Central Security agent Ian Cormac, as he attempts to discover who or what is behind the destruction of the Runcible on a remote colony. Cormac drops an investigation into Polity separatists on Cheyne III, and takes the starship Hubris to the ruined world of Samarkand to directly oversee the investigation there. Having been directly "gridlinked" to the Polity A.I. network for too long, Cormac has been slowly losing his humanity, and takes the opportunity of this particular mission to disconnect and solve the mystery the old-fashioned way.
Glass is an amorphous (non- crystalline ) solid material that exhibits a glass transition . Glasses are typically brittle and optically transparent . The most familiar type of glass, used for centuries in windows and drinking vessels , is soda-lime glass , composed of about 75% silica (SiO 2 ) plus sodium oxide (Na 2 O) from soda ash, lime (CaO), and several minor additives. Often, the term glass is used in a restricted sense to refer to this specific use. In science, however, the term glass is usually defined in a much wider sense, including every solid that possesses a non-crystalline (i.e. amorphous ) structure and that exhibits a glass transition when heated towards the liquid state. In this wider sense, glasses can be made of quite different classes of materials: metallic alloys , ionic melts, aqueous solutions , molecular liquids, and polymers .
A sphere manufactured by NASA out of fused quartz for use in a gyroscope in the Gravity Probe B experiment. It is one of the most accurate spheres ever created by humans, differing in shape from a perfect sphere by no more than 40 atoms of thickness. It is thought that only neutron stars are smoother. Fused quartz or fused silica is glass consisting of high-purity silica in amorphous (non- crystalline ) form. It is different from traditional glasses in that no other ingredients are added to lower the melt temperature.
Electron micrograph of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus 3D representation of the influenza virus Look at the two images of the H1N1 influenza virus - the strain that causes swine flu - on the right.