The woods were lovely, dark and deep,
But you had promises to keep,
And miles to go before you sleep,
And miles to go before you sleep.
Drow Ranger from DotA 2, being whimsical.
Originally drawn as a wallpaper, which can be found on my dA here.
doodle of wife
And you thought I gave up on the monster girl challenge! No way! Even if it takes me forever I’m going to finish (most of) it!.
I really wanted to do something non-traditional for mermaid, and I ended up with a sea slug girl after quite a bit of brainstorming. I’m quite happy with the results which wouldn’t have come out so awesome without a lot of help from beginning to finish from my very lovely boyfriend.
Don’t know when you should expect the next monster girl, but it’ll be less than eight months this time, I promise.
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your nanogarden grow?
Harvard engineer Wim Noorduin has a green thumb. Only his thumb is only a few microns wide. By carefully controlling gradients of chemicals, he guided the construction of flower-like crystal structures to match their larger biological forms. It’s certainly art, but it also demonstrates a masterful manipulation of chemistry on the nano scale.
Just how small are they? As NPR reports, these flowers could fit in the lapel of the tiny Abraham Lincoln statue on the back of a penny (back when pennies had the Lincoln Memorial on them, anyway). These electron microscope images are false colored to recreate fantastic flowers, and these manipulations will one day help control the construction of useful microstructures.
If you’re seriously engineering-inclined, here’s the original research as it appears in Science.