Micro - Robert Dash, about exhibits, projects or fine art prints

These photographs use scanning electron microscopy to show “the remarkable in the mundane,” looking at miniature breakthroughs in engineering and design with fir needles, a leaf, termite antenna and leg, dragonfly wing, feather, and grass seed, all collected from my front yard. Most images are complemented by the life size original object which is the micrograph’s source. Among the marvels are spike structures on dragonfly wing ribs. Similar spikes have been observed that are so small that bacteria are broken up and destroyed upon contact. This led to the idea of antibacterial surfaces with no need for antibiotics. Had no one looked and inquired about what they saw, such a solution would never have been discovered. This is a classic juncture of art and science—developing the eye to see both the beauty and the design implications of nature. These images are presented as a series of questions rather than answers. What do the structures shown here say about design and nature’s problem solving, be it about drought, pest control, locomotion, survival, or interdependence?

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