X-Ray Art Reveals The Internal Beauty Of Everyday Objects

While many of us consider pretty paintings or sculptures to be the bookends of what the word “artistic” can mean, many artists defy convention and instead strive for innovation. X-ray art is one of those innovative forms. Blurring radiology and photography, even common items become interesting as the x-ray strips back their layers to reveal their often-ignored (and often elegant) internal structures.

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Arie van’t Riet

X Ray Tulips

Flowers are always a popular portraiture subject, under the x-ray or not. Dutch artist/physicist Arie van’t Riet’s foray into floral x-ray was born from a functional purpose: he needed to teach technicians how to use the machine. Since then, his interest is grounded in an aesthetic desire to showcase the inner beauty of his subjects. Source: X-Rays

X-ray Art Negative

Van’t Riet partly colorizes his works to enhance their visual impact. Here is the negative of the preceding image. Source: X-Rays

X-ray Art Frog

Like many other artists, Arie prefers to use everyday items as his subjects – in his case, a combination of flora and fauna. Source: The Guardian

X-ray Art Cat

A cat digging up the garden. Source: X-Rays

X-ray Art Chameleon

A chameleon climbing a begonia. Source: The Guardian

Nick Veasey

X-ray Art Reading

Nick Veasey is another artist who uses x-ray photography as his preferred medium. Veasey initially worked with conventional mediums such as still photography before receiving an opportunity to x-ray a Coke can for a TV show. Source: Nick Veasey

X Ray Wedding Ensemble

In a world seemingly obsessed with appearances, Nick Veasey wants to highlight the aesthetics lurking just beneath the surface. With several popular exhibits and numerous design and photographic awards under his belt, Veasey is arguably the most successful artist in this field. Source: Nick Veasey

X-ray Art Gun

Part of his exhibit dubbed “The X-Man”. Source: Nick Veasey

X-ray Art Punk

An x-ray of your average Oakland Raiders fan. Source: Nick Veasey

X-ray Art Boeing

Nick has the unverified claim of the largest x-ray in the world - a Boeing 777. Source: Wikipedia

Hugh Turvey

X-ray Art Jacket

According to British artist Hugh Turvey, one advantage of x-ray images is the chance to see the world with fresh perspective. Turvey also started out as a conventional photographer, but a commission to create an x-ray image for a rock album cover inspired his transition to the world of x-ray art. Source: Socialphy

X-ray Art Suitcase

Turvey likes to call his images “xograms”, a mash-up between x-rays and photograms. He colors most of his images because it adds an extra layer of depth and also allows the artist to control where the viewer looks. Source: Smithsonian Magazine

X-ray Art Foot

He compares the results of his process to that of a child seeing something for the first time. In fact, one of the artist’s most popular works is an image of his wife’s foot in a stiletto heel. Said Turvey in an interview, “I think we all understand that your foot is going through quite a lot when it is in a stiletto, but to actually physically see it and to see the angle of the bones. Not only do you have this distorted foot, but you have these small nails that were in the actual construction of the shoe. It just looked like a torture device.” Source: Smithsonian Magazine

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From history to science to the hilariously bizarre past profession of Danny Devito, enjoy these fun facts that will have you destroying your trivia competition in no time:

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Meet Ceres, The Dwarf Planet With Giant Surprises

Meet the dwarf planet, Ceres. Its categorization has less to do with Snow White’s tiny friends and more with its gravitational impact on surrounding celestial bodies. This means that Ceres has the mass of a planet, but it hasn’t become gravitationally dominant. Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, which lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

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You Have No More Excuses Not To “Get” Global Warming

Global Warming Dry Pond

Source: Wikimedia

The effects of global warming are quite contentious among people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Unfortunately, that includes most people who don’t have PhDs in atmospheric science, chemistry or meteorology, so we’re all in kind of a tight spot, information-wise. As far as the ordinary media consumer knows, human-caused climate change is another one of those “some people say this, others say that” kind of disputes, as if the debate is over the relative merits of Coke vs. Pepsi or who will win next year’s Bud Bowl.

In fact, the “argument” does have two sides: every relevant scientific organization on Earth–representing something very close to 100 percent of working scientists–saying it’s real, it’s happening right now, and the only uncertainty is how bad it will be; while the other side lies for money it gets from energy companies.

It’s always easy to blame the media for creating a public “debate” about global warming, and that sort of reporting doesn’t get a pass here, but part of the problem might also be due to the issue’s complexity and lack of general accessibility. After all, a 1-degree rise in global temperature doesn’t sound like a big deal, and 400 parts-per-million of carbon isn’t all that sinister sounding. It’s hard for non-scientists (that is, voters, consumers, and average people everywhere) to really grasp what’s happening right now. We have a hard time grasping abstract concepts, so here’s a visual record of what the last century’s rise in global temperatures has been—and continues to be—doing to our world.

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Global Warming Earth Infra Red

This is a composite image of the Earth in infrared. It shows the temperature differences across the planet as radiation leaks back into space from a (mostly) hot surface. Radiation from the Sun passes easily through the atmosphere, which is why we can see through the air. Once that light strikes the ground, however, some of it is absorbed and re-emitted in much longer wavelengths which have a hard time escaping the greenhouse-style blanket of the atmosphere. This is terrestrial radiation, and it's the reason Death Valley is hotter than Mt. Everest, despite both being at about the same latitude; the less warm rock you have around you, the colder it gets, and the Earth's crust is warmest down where the terrestrial radiation is most abundant. Source: Space

Global Warming Light Frequency

Here's a graph demonstrating the difference in light wavelengths. The rainbow is the bit of the spectrum we call "visible light." Note how the Sun's peak energy is centered on green? It isn't a coincidence that green is the color we see best—it's where the Sun's light is most abundant. Now, look to the right, far beyond our range of vision. That second peak is the frequency range for terrestrial radiation. The frequencies on the left are mostly too short to be absorbed by the atmosphere, so they pass clean through to the ground. The longer wavelengths on the other side are just right for absorption by atmospheric gases—greenhouse gases. Source: University Of Colorado

Global Warming Pie Chart

Earth's atmosphere is mostly nitrogen and oxygen. Together, N² and O² account for 99 percent of the atmosphere. Neither of these molecules contributes to the greenhouse effect. Buried in that last 1 percent, however, are aerosols which excel at gobbling up the Earth's radiant energy. These are mostly CO², methane, and fluoronated gases such as CFCs from back when you were spraying Vidal Sassoon all over your hair. Source: Lane County

Flow Chart Global Warming

Here's a nice, complicated flow chart showing which gases come from where. If you've gone cross-eyed at the sight of it, the upshot is that most of the CO² comes from burning coal and oil, as well as chopping down trees, and much of the methane and nitrous oxide comes from large-scale agriculture. Some of this stuff is natural (such as the nitrous oxide), but the Earth already absorbs the naturally produced greenhouse gases. The problem is in the extra stuff we're putting in the air. Source: WRI

Global Warming Gas Chart

Pictured: What we're putting in the air. Source: Wikipedia

Global Warming Muir Glacier

This is the Muir glacier in Glacier Bay National Park. 1941 was an exceptionally cold year, and 2004 was—like a lot of the last 20 years—one of the hottest on record. Much of this melt has been progressive, though, and is the result of decades with less snowfall than there has been snow melt. Source: OSS Foundation

Global Warming Pendersen Glacier

Pedersen Glacier, Alaska, over the course of approximately seventy years Source: Img Kid

Global Warming Panoramic Glacier

Glacier National Park really is one of the most heart-stoppingly beautiful places in the world. Source: Wordpress

Global Warming Lake McDonald

See it while you can. Source: Wallpaper Web

Global Warming Ice Canyon

In areas with a lot of ice, rapid melting can create rushing streams of relatively warm water that gouge whole canyons in a single season. Source: NASA

Global Warming Greenland Ice Melt

Source: Gallery Hip

Global Warming Olympiad Drive

As the air traps heat, it warms the ocean. Sea level rise is partly caused by the melting of continental ice sheets and partly from the expansion of the now-warmer ocean. The first sign of this is localized flooding as storm surges drive seawater over levees and up across flood plains. This rise isn't obvious at first, but exceptional events such as hurricanes can temporarily wash out coastal areas. Source: Blogspot

Global Warming SF Bay Flooding

A few times a year, so-called "king tides" occur as a result of predictable alignments of the Earth, Moon and Sun. When the three bodies are all at their closest approaches to each other, and the tide happens to be in, sea level can approach its local maximum. This picture is of the San Francisco waterfront near the Bay Bridge. The Pacific Coast Highway now washes out annually, which it did not do when it was paved. Source: KQED

Flooding Train

Source: Bay Citizen

Global Warming Katrina Flooding

Flooded neighborhoods following Hurricane Katrina Source: Global Change

Global Warming Cemetery

Source: Al Jazeera

Global Warming Folsom Lake

Sacramento's Folsom Lake in 2014. All that brown stuff in back is supposed to be under water. Source: NBC News

Global Warming Icy Road

At first glance, huge ice storms, such as this storm in Geneva, would seem to be evidence against global warming. On the contrary, the extra energy trapped in the atmosphere drives larger and more powerful storms. If those storms are laden with cold precipitation, the result is a blizzard of unprecedented power reaching into an area where such weather is all but unheard of. Source: Yoga 108

Global Warming Frozen Cherries

Source: Negative 99

Global Warming Colorado Haboob

As arctic cold fronts blow dry polar air over drought-stricken land the result is mega dust storms, hilariously called "haboobs," such as this one in Colorado. Source: Strange Sounds

Arizona Haboob

Or this one in Arizona. Source: Wordpress

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